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      Effects of Glycyrrhizin on Production of Vascular Aldosterone and Corticosterone

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          This study is to confirm the role of glycyrrhizin on blood pressure and to test the effects of glycyrrhizin on production of vascular aldosterone and corticosterone in rats. Male Wistar rats received glycyrrhizin (Sigma) 200 mg/kg/day p.o. for 5 weeks, and blood pressure was monitored by a pressure transducer. Systolic blood pressure significantly increased in Wistar rats treated with glycyrrhizin compared to that without glycyrrhizin. Mesenteric artery perfusion ex vivo and pressor responses to norepinephrine were performed. The pressor responses to norepinephrine in mesenteric arteries treated with glycyrrhizin were significantly increased. The perfusate from the mesenteric arteries was collected and applied to a Sep-Pak C 18 cartridge column, used for reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, and measured for both aldosterone and corticosterone by radioimmunoassay. Levels of aldosterone were decreased but those of corticosterone increased in perfusate from arteries treated with glycyrrhizin. RT-PCR showed that glycyrrhizin inhibited the expression of 11β- HSD2 and CYP11B2 mRNA in mesenteric arteries. These results confirm that glycyrrhizin is able to induce hypertension, and provide evidence that it inhibits the transcriptions of both 11β-HSD2 and CYP11B2 in the vasculature, leading to lower aldosterone and higher corticosterone production in vessels, and increased vasoconstrictor responses to norepinephrine.

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              Journal
              HRE
              Horm Res Paediatr
              10.1159/issn.1663-2818
              Hormone Research in Paediatrics
              S. Karger AG
              1663-2818
              1663-2826
              1999
              April 1999
              27 August 1999
              : 51
              : 4
              : 189-192
              Affiliations
              Department of Cardiology, Nanfang Hospital, Guangzhou, China
              Article
              23356 Horm Res 1999;51:189–192
              10.1159/000023356
              10474021
              © 1999 S. Karger AG, Basel

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