[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Serum concentrations of ANF, Renin and Aldosterone were measured in animals with experimental cirrhosis and volume overload. We studied 75 Wistar rats divided in five groups. Group I: rats with hepatic cirrhosis induced by CCl4; Group II: Control rats; Group III: rats with hepatic cirrhosis and continuous infusion of saline serum; Group IV: control rats with continuous infusion and Group V: cirrhotic rats and bolus infusion of saline. There were no statistical differences in serum concentrations of ANF (232 +/- 75 vs 195 +/- 42 pg/ml) and Renin concentration (182 +/- 24 vs 171 +/- 34 ng/ml/hour) between controls and rats with cirrhosis. However, Aldosterone levels were elevated in cirrhotic rats in basal conditions as compared to controls (1197 +/- 287 vs 475 +/- 88 pg/ml; p < 0.001). The volume overload caused a paradoxical decrease of ANF in cirrhotic rats (124 +/- 15 and 122 +/- 17; p < 0.001). On the other hand, no changes were observed in Renin and Aldosterone after volume expansion. These results suggest the existence of a hemodynamic response to compensate the volume overload. Other studies are necessary to confirm this hypothesis.
No preview · Article · May 1994 · Revista espanola de enfermedades digestivas: organo oficial de la Sociedad Espanola de Patologia Digestiva
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) activity was studied in three different experimental models of male Wistar rats; hepatic lesion without portal hypertension, portal hypertension without hepatic lesion and portal hypertension plus function liver suppression by ligation of both portal vein and hepatic artery. t-PA activity was higher in animals with portal hypertension alone than in animals with only hepatic lesion (146%). Maximal values were present in animals with functional liver suppression (1.774% vs. controls, 248% vs. hepatic lesion and 169% vs. portal hypertension only). These results suggest that both reduced hepatic t-PA clearance and portal hypertension could be involved in the increased t-PA activity normally appearing in chronic liver disease.
No preview · Article · Sep 1993 · Revista espanola de enfermedades digestivas: organo oficial de la Sociedad Espanola de Patologia Digestiva