Journal article

Inhibition of NO synthesis has an additive effect on hypertension induced by ACTH in conscious rats.

M Li, GJ Dusting, JA Whitworth

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol | Published : 1992


1. The haemodynamic and metabolic effects of oral intake of approximately 30 mg/kg per day N-nitro-L-arginine (NOLA) were examined in sham and adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH, 0.5 mg/kg per day) treated conscious Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 33). 2. NOLA administration produced an increase in systolic blood pressure of 24 +/- 6 mmHg (P < 0.001), but did not alter food or water intake, urine volume or electrolyte excretion in rats not treated with ACTH. 3. Compared with sham injection, ACTH-treated rats demonstrated an increase in systolic blood pressure (water + sham, 3 +/- 1 mmHg; water + ACTH, 16 +/- 3 mmHg; P < 0.001), loss of bodyweight, and increases in water intake and urine volume. 4. The magn..

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