The role of endothelin-1 in the aorta of post-infarct left ventricular dysfunction rats treated with captopril

Wen Jin Cherng, Chao Hung Wang, Sheue Feng Chen, Jong Jing Chen, Ning Lee

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Objectives: There is little information available regarding local vasomotor regulating processes in chronic heart failure. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that chronic heart failure impaired the endothelial function, and long term captopril treatment might reverse endothelial activity through tissue endothelin (ET) pathway. Methods: Forty Sprague- Dawley rats were divided into 4 groups including 15 rats in each of the sham- operated with or without captopril-treated groups and 5 rats in each of large infarcted with or without captopril-treated groups. Results: Concentration- response curves obtained in aortic rings without endothelium revealed no difference in nitroprusside-induced relaxation. With endothelium, rightward shifting was noted only in the untreated large infarct group during acetylcholine-induced relaxation. As compared to the non-treated group, plasma ET-1 concentrations were lower in the captopril-treated with or without large infarct groups. However, endothelin-like immunoreactivity in endothelial cells and cytoplasma of smooth muscle cells of the media of the aorta were lower only in the non-treated large infarct group. Conclusions: Endothelial function was impaired in the chronic heart failure model. Coverting enzyme inhibitor might improve endothelial function through the Local endothelin pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalChinese Medical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


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