The microdialysis technique was applied to the study of norepinephrine (NE) metabolism in white adipose tissue of spontaneously hypertensive (SHR, n = 6) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY, n = 6) rats. Mean concentrations of interstitial NE were much higher in SHR as compared to WKY (mean +/- SEM: 980.9 +/- 125.6 pg/ml vs 520.7 +/- 96.1 pg/ml; p = 0.01) over the 180 min experimental period. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that sustained outflow from nerve endings of the peripheral sympathetic system may play a role in the maintenance of arterial hypertension. Owing to its low invasiveness, the microdialysis technique allows to continuously monitor NE extracellular levels in conscious and freely-moving animals.
Microdialysis as a tool to assess interstitial norepinephrine levels in adipose tissue of spontaneously hypertensive rats / E. Bergamaschi;A. Cabassi;A. Mutti;I. Franchini;A. Borghetti. - In: ACTA BIO-MEDICA DE L'ATENEO PARMENSE. - ISSN 0392-4203. - 66(1995), pp. 105-110.
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