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      L-Arginine Does Not Restore Endothelial Dysfunction in Atherosclerotic Rabbit Aorta in vitro

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          Bioassay studies suggest that impaired endothelium-dependent relaxation in atherosclerotic arteries is due to a reduced release of biologically active endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF). We tested the hypothesis that endothelial dysfunction is caused by deficiency of the EDRF precursor L-arginine. Aortae from normal and cholesterol-fed (1%, 4 months) rabbits were excised and incubated for 1 h with 5 m M L-arginine. Pretreatment with L-arginine had no effect on the relaxation to acetylchohne in normal vessels and was without effect on the impaired response of atherosclerotic arteries to acetylchohne. This finding suggests that L-arginine deficiency is unlikely the underlying cause of impaired endothelium-dependent relaxation in the aorta of cholesterol-fed rabbits.

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          Journal
          JVR
          J Vasc Res
          10.1159/issn.1018-1172
          Journal of Vascular Research
          S. Karger AG
          1018-1172
          1423-0135
          1991
          1991
          23 September 2008
          : 28
          : 5
          : 354-357
          Affiliations
          Cardiovascular Center, University of Iowa College of Medicine and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
          Article
          158881 Blood Vessels 1991;28:354–357
          10.1159/000158881
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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