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Type-C natriuretic peptide prevents development of experimental atherosclerosis in rabbits.

TA Gaspari, MN Barber, RL Woods, GJ Dusting

Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol | Published : 2000


1. We investigated the effect of local administration of type-C natriuretic peptide (CNP) on the endothelial dysfunction and development of an atheroma-like neointima induced by a peri-arterial collar in rabbits. 2. Peri-arterial collars were placed on both common carotid arteries allowing local treatment of the collared region with either CNP (10 micromol/L) or saline. After 7 days, uncollared (control) and collared sections were taken from both arteries for pharmacological and morphological analysis. 3. Application of the collar markedly attenuated (P < 0.05) endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation induced by acetylcholine (ACh); inhibition of 5-hydroxytryptamine contraction was 80+/-5% in co..

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