Inflammatory and Oxidative Stress Markers as Indicator of Atherogenesis in Rats: Antioxidants as Preventive Pharmacological Methods

Author(s): Maria del Carmen Baez*, Mariana Taran, Maria de La Paz Scribano, Ariel Balceda, Carla Buonanotte, Sergio Blencio, Ismael Fonseca, Monica Moya

Journal Name: Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Allergy Agents

Volume 16 , Issue 2 , 2017

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Objective: The oxidative process in atherogenesis generated by proinflammatory induction and response to antioxidants vitamins in an experimental model were analyzed.

Methods: Male rats were used: (A)Control, (B)Control+vitamin E plus C, (C)Hyperfibrinogenemia and (D)Hyperfibrinogenemia+vitamins E plus C. Hyperfibrinogenemia induced by daily injection of adrenaline (0.1mg/day/rat) for 120 days. Treatment: 3.42 mg/kg of vitamin E plus 2.14 mg/kg of vitamin C, fifteen days after induction. Vascular histology analyzed by optical microscopy. Fibrinogen, nitrites and superoxide dismutase analyzed by spectrophotometry. Statistics: MANOVA, Hotelling test for post testing, significance level p<0.05.

Results: (C) group showed higher fibrinogen than (A) and (B)(p<0.001). Compared to (C) group, (D) showed a decrease of fibrinogen (p<0.001). A marked increase in nitrites was found in (C) versus (A), (B) and (D) groups (p<0.001). Superoxide dismutase activity increased in (C) group compared to groups (A) and (B) (p<0.001). In the group (D) an increase of the activity of this enzyme was observed in comparison to groups (C)(p<0.001), (A) and (B) (p<0.0001 in both). The (C) group shown endothelial denudation, thickening of the vascular intima and extracellular matrix enlargement with foam cells(p<0.001).

Conclusion: These results strongly suggest that vitamins E plus C produce regression of inflammatory and oxidative stress processes in this experimental model.

Keywords: Antioxidants, atherogenesis, atherosclerosis, hyperfibrinogenemia, oxidative stress, vitamins E plus C.

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Year: 2017
Published on: 20 December, 2017
Page: [87 - 93]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1871523016666170616121133
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