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The beneficial impact of fasudil and sildenafil on monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertension in rats: a hemodynamic and biochemical study

Magdalena Jasińska-Stroschein, Jacek Owczarek, Anna Łuczak, Daria Orszulak-Michalak
Pharmacology 2013, 91 (3-4): 178-84
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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) still cannot be cured effectively, hence the search for novel treatments continues. The effects of sildenafil (25 mg/kg body weight) and fasudil (30 mg/kg body weight) given alone or in combination, on normalization of right ventricular pressure (RVP), right ventricle mass, as well as the levels of several biomarkers (HDL-C, BNP, VEGF-A), were assessed in a rat model of monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PAH. MCT (60 mg/kg body weight) induced clear PAH in male Wistar rats. After 21 days, a significant decrease in RVP accompanied by a reduction of right ventricular hypertrophy - a significant decrease in the right ventricle/left ventricle plus septum ratio - as a result of sildenafil or fasudil administration was assessed. The administration of fasudil and sildenafil alone or in combination caused a significant decrease in plasma BNP level as compared to MCT-treated rats. Fasudil alone or with sildenafil, but not sildenafil alone, significantly increased HDL-C level as compared to MCT-treated rats. Fasudil and sildenafil given alone or in combination caused a significant increase in plasma VEGF-A level as compared to rats exposed to MCT.

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