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The effects of phentolamine on fructose-fed rats.
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PMID:  22783820     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. MS is associated with obesity, increased blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and hyperglycemia. This study was designed to investigate the pharmacological profile of phentolamine, a nonselective α adrenergic receptor antagonist, in the prevention of increased blood pressure in fructose-fed rats. Phentolamine prevented the fructose-induced increase in systolic blood pressure without affecting insulin sensitivity and major metabolic parameters. The levels of plasma noradrenaline and angiotensin II, 2 proposed contributors to the development of fructose-induced elevated blood pressure, were examined. Neither noradrenaline nor angiotensin II levels were affected by phentolamine treatment. Since overproduction of nitric oxide has been shown to lead to an elevation in peroxynitrite, the role of oxidative stress, a proposed mechanism of fructose-induced elevated blood pressure and insulin resistance, was examined by measuring plasma levels of total nitrate/nitrite. Plasma nitrate/nitrite was significantly elevated in all fructose-fed animals, regardless of treatment with phentolamine. Another proposed contributor toward fructose-induced MS is an elevation in uric acid levels. In this experiment, plasma levels of uric acid were found to be increased by dietary fructose and were unaffected by phentolamine treatment.
Kangbin Zhou; Ujendra Kumar; Violet G Yuen; John H McNeill
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-11
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Title:  Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1205-7541     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0372712     Medline TA:  Can J Physiol Pharmacol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2146 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada.
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