Journal article

Endothelin is an important determinant of renal function in a rat model of acute liver and renal failure

R Anand, D Harry, S Holt, P Milner, M Dashwood, D Goodier, M Jarmulowicz, K Moore

Gut | B M J PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2002


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Renal failure occurs in approximately 55% of patients with acute liver failure. We have previously shown that plasma endothelin 1 concentrations are elevated in patients with acute liver failure and the hepatorenal syndrome. There are few reported satisfactory animal models of liver failure together with functional renal failure. In this study, a rat model of acute liver failure induced by galactosamine that also develops renal failure was first characterised. This model was used to investigate the hypothesis that endothelin 1 is an important mediator involved in the pathogenesis of renal impairment that occurs in acute liver failure. METHODS: Acute liver failure was ind..

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