Journal article

Assessment of endothelium-dependent vasodilation in equine digital resistance vessels

Y Berhane, J Elliott, SR Bailey

JOURNAL OF VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006

Abstract

Haemodynamic disturbances leading to ischaemia and reperfusion injury of the digit are thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of acute equine laminitis. Identification of physiological regulators of blood flow through the equine digit is important in identifying factors, which may predispose animals to laminitis. A method was developed to assess endothelium-dependent responses of the isolated Krebs-perfused equine digit by co-administration of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) with vasodilator agents, carbachol (CCh), bradykinin (BK) and substance P (SP). Bolus co-administration of CCh (0.02-2 micromol), BK and SP (0.02-0.2 nmol), caused inhibition of the 5-HT pressor response by 50-60%. The..

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