Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) determines the improvement of hepatic endothelial dysfunction by vitamin E in cirrhotic rats
Article first published online: 3 OCT 2011
© 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 48–57, January 2012
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Yang, Y.-Y., Lee, T.-Y., Huang, Y.-T., Chan, C.-C., Yeh, Y.-C., Lee, F.-Y., Lee, S.-D. and Lin, H.-C. (2012), Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) determines the improvement of hepatic endothelial dysfunction by vitamin E in cirrhotic rats. Liver International, 32: 48–57. doi: 10.1111/j.1478-3231.2011.02651.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 3 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 7 APR 2011
- National Science Council of the Republic of China. Grant Numbers: NSC97-2314-B-075-033-MY3, NSC98-2314-B-075-012-MY3
- Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Grant Numbers: V100C-035, VGH100C-21
- hepatic endothelial dysfunction;
Hepatic endothelial dysfunction (HED), which is caused by decreased hepatic nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability and increased lipid peroxidation, contributes to portal hypertension, which is a characteristic of cirrhosis. Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), is involved in cirrhosis-related HED and portal hypertension.
We evaluated the effect of vitamin E treatment on the lipid peroxidation, HED and portal hypertension in cirrhotic rats.
The common bile duct ligation (BDL)-induced cirrhotic rats were treated orally either with vehicle or with vitamin E for 1 month immediately after BDL. Systemic and portal haemodynamics, the magnitude of the increase in portal pressure induced by volume expansion, HED, oxidative stress, levels of ADMA, various proteins and mRNAs were then measured.
In the vitamin E-treated BDL rats, a decrease in portal pressure was associated with an attenuation of the increased portal pressure induced by volume expansion. In isolated and perfused BDL rat livers, the vitamin E treatment significantly inhibited the (paradoxical) vasoconstriction response to methoxamine and acetylcholine (HED), and this was abolished by the presence of NOS. Vitamin E decreased ADMA synthesizing enzyme PRMT1 expression and the level of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) in the liver, while increasing the levels of hepatic ADMA metabolizing enzyme DDAH2, eNOS, phosphor-eNOS, ADMA level and superoxide dismutase activity.
The administration of vitamin E suppressed hepatic ADMA and oxidative stress in the cirrhotic liver circulation, and therefore increases NO bioavailability, which improved HED and portal hypertension.