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Effects of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and angiotensin II receptor antagonist combination on nitric oxide bioavailability and atherosclerotic change in Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic rabbits.

We investigated the effects of co-administration of an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and angiotensin type 1 receptor blocker (ARB) on nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability in genetically hyperlipidemic rabbits with our newly developed NO sensor. Plasma NO was measured using the new NO sensor in the abdominal aorta of anesthetized Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHL) rabbits. Acetylcholine (ACh)-stimulated (20 microg in 5 min into the aortic arch) NO production was recorded after an 8 week per os pretreatment with 1) vehicle (control), 2) the ACEI enalapril (E: 3 mg/kg/day), 3) the ARB losartan (L: 30 mg/kg/day) and 4) enalapril (1.5 mg/kg/day)+losartan (15 mg/kg/day) (E+L). Intra-aortic infusion of ACh produced an increase in plasma NO concentration, which was significantly greater with all the drug treatments than with the control. E increased ACh-induced NO significantly more than L (by 6.9 nmol/L, and 4.7 nmol/L, respectively). E+L increased ACh-induced NO by 9.5 nmol/L, significantly more than either E or L. Plasma peroxynitrite concentration was 1.2 pmol/mg protein in the control group and significantly less than in the E- and L-group. The lowest peroxynitrite concentration was observed in the E+L group (0.5 pmol/mg protein), which was significantly lower than in the E-group and the L-group. Optical coherence tomography and histology of the thoracic aorta revealed that the plaque area decreased significantly more with the combination than with the monotherapy (p<0.01). In conclusion, the combined treatment with an ACEI and an ARB may have additive protective effects on endothelial function as well as atherosclerotic change.[1]

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  1. Effects of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor and angiotensin II receptor antagonist combination on nitric oxide bioavailability and atherosclerotic change in Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic rabbits. Imanishi, T., Kuroi, A., Ikejima, H., Kobayashi, K., Muragaki, Y., Mochizuki, S., Goto, M., Yoshida, K., Akasaka, T. Hypertens. Res. (2008) [Pubmed]
 
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