Passiflora quadrangularis L. prevents experimental hypertension and vascular remodelling in rats exposed to nitric oxide deficit




Isolated organ, hypertension, L-NAME, Passiflora quadrangularis L., vascular remodelling


Background: Passiflora quadrangularis L. is among the species used in Colombian folk medicine for hypertension, but until now it has not been studied in experimental models. Objectives: To assess the capacity of P. quadrangularis L. EtOH extract to prevent the hypertension and vascular remodelling induced by nitric oxide (NO) deficit in Wistar rats. Methods: The nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor L-NAME (10 mg/kg, i.p (intraperitoneal), every 48h) was administered for seven weeks to the following groups of rats: P. quadrangularis L.75, 150 and 300 mg/kg/d, p.o. (oral route); enalapril as reference agent, 10 mg/kg/d, p.o. and vehicle as control (mixture of propylene glycol 10%, glycerine 10% and polysorbate 2%). Arterial blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were measured twice a week. After sacrifice, the aortic rings were isolated, contraction was triggered with phenylephrine (PE 10-6 M) and then the relaxant response achieved with cumulative concentrations of acetylcholine (ACh, 10-10 – 10-5 M) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP, 10-10 – 10-5 M) was assessed. Histopathologic measures of thickness/lumen ratio from both the left ventricle and aorta walls, as well as phytochemical screening, were also performed. Results: As for enalapril, all doses of P. quadrangularis L. prevented the hypertension induced by L-NAME (122±1.2 versus 155±1.3 mmHg at seventh week). P. quadrangularis L. significantly increased the relaxant effect induced by ACh in isolated aorta and decreased the thickness/lumen ratio of aorta wall specimens. Conclusions: P. quadrangularis L. prevents experimental hypertension induced in rats with nitric oxide deficits improving the endothelium vasodilatation response and protecting against vascular remodelling.

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Author Biographies

Lesly L. BAREÑO, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Faculty of Sciences, Department of Pharmacy

Pilar PUEBLA, Universidad del Tolima

Faculty of Sciences, Department of Pharmacy

Carlos M. GUERRA, Universidad de Caldas

Basic Sciences Department

Arturo SAN FELICIANO, Universidad de Salamanca

Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Gustavo ISAZA, Universidad de Caldas

Basic Sciences Department

Mario F. GUERRERO, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Faculty of Sciences, Department of Pharmacy


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BAREÑO, L. L., PUEBLA, P., GUERRA, C. M., SAN FELICIANO, A., ISAZA, G., & GUERRERO, M. F. (2017). Passiflora quadrangularis L. prevents experimental hypertension and vascular remodelling in rats exposed to nitric oxide deficit. Vitae, 24(3), 186–195.



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