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Elementos para la evaluación eficaz de productos naturales con posibles efectos antihipertensivos

Biomédica 01/2009; 29:547-57.

ABSTRACT Desde el contexto de la farmacología experimental, en este ensayo se discuten algunos criterios que pueden ser útiles para estimar el potencial de productos naturales con posible actividad farmacológica para el tratamiento de la hipertensión, una de las enfermedades de mayor impacto epidemiológico en Colombia y en el mundo. Se acude para ello al análisis de algunas pruebas farmacológicas accesibles en nuestro medio: modelos de hipertensión arterial en la rata de laboratorio, pruebas in vitro e in vivo, y análisis microscópicos, que implementados con los protocolos adecuados y cotejadas en conjunto, pueden arrojar información valiosa a la hora de considerar las perspectivas de un producto natural en el campo de la hipertensión arterial. Palabras clave: evaluación de medicamentos, productos biológicos, hipertensión, resistencia vascular, ratas, modelos cardiovasculares. Elements for the effective evaluation of natural products with possible antihypertensive effects Within the context of experimental pharmacology, some criteria are discussed for estimating the potential of natural products with possible pharmacological activity for the treatment of hypertension. This disorder has great epidemiological impact in Colombia as well as elsewhere. Discovery of these products can be accomplished by use of accessible pharmacological tests such as the following: developing models of arterial hypertension in the laboratory rat, in vitro tests, in vivo tests and microscopic analysis. Suitable protocols associated with these techniques can capture valuable information about possible effects on hypertension during the evaluation phase of a natural product.

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