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CJAP ›› 2019, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (3): 204-208.doi: 10.12047/j.cjap.5725.2019.044

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The effects of Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula on mesenteric artery function in rats exposed to chronic intermittent hypoxia

YU Fu-yang, YANG Sheng-chang, GUO Ya-jing, ZHAO Ya-shuo, LIU Si-wen, JI En-sheng   

  1. Hebei University of Chinese Medicine, Shijiazhuang 050200, China
  • Online:2019-05-28 Published:2019-06-28

Abstract: Objective: To investigate the effects of Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula (the Chinese Medicine) on mesenteric artery function in rats exposed to chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), and to explore the related mechanism. Methods: Forty-eight male SD rats were randomly divided into four groups as Normoxia, CIH, Formula+CIH and formula group. Rats were exposed to normoxia in the Normoxia and Formula group, or intermittent hypoxia in CIH or Formula+CIH group. Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula was given at 24g/kg by intragastric administration before intermittent hypoxia exposure. The pathological changes of mesenteric artery were determined by HE staining, and the relaxation of mesenteric artery (induced by acetylcholine(ACh) and L-arginine(L-Arg)) was recorded by microvascular ring technique. Serums of all rats were collected (0 d and 21 d) and the content of NO was detected by ELISA. The levels of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and p-eNOS were measured by Western blot. Results: Compared with Normoxia group, the mesenteric arterial endothelial injury and media thickening were observed and the relaxation of mesenteric artery was significantly reduced in rats exposed to CIH. The level of NO in serum and the ratio of p-eNOS/eNOS were also decreased in the CIH group. Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula administration improved the pathologic changes and dilatation function of mesenteric artery, increased the levels of NO and p-eNOS. Compared with Normoxia group,all the results were not observed significant difference in Formula group. Conclusion: Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula increased the bioavailability of NO, and ameliorated the CIH induced mesenteric artery function injury.

Key words: chronic intermittent hypoxia, mesenteric artery, endothelial dysfunction, nitric oxide, Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula, rat

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