ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Functional Effects of Alagebrium (ALT-711)–Isolated Rat Carotid Artery
1 Department of Pharmacology, Eskişehir Osmangazi University School of Medicine, Eskişehir, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2017; 49: 188-192
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2017.17046
Key Words: Alagebrium, calcium channel blockage, carotid artery, nitric oxide, vasodilatation

Objective: In our study, the effects of glycosylated protein cross-link breaker, alagebrium was investigated on isolated rat carotid artery using myography. Alagebrium showed vasodilator effect on carotid artery rings; particularly, this effect was significantly increased in endothelium-intact rings.


Materials and Methods: To clarify the vasodilator mechanism of alagebrium, different antagonists such as N(G)-Nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), glibenclamide, indomethacin, metoprolol, propranolol, tetraethylammonium, and calcium channel activator BAYK-8644 were used to reverse this effect.


Results: Relaxation% responses to alagebrium were more significantly increased in intact endothelium than in denuded arteries. Blocking vasodilation related to channels (K-ATP, PGI2, BKca) and receptors (ß1, ß2) did not reverse the relaxation response to alagebrium. Vasodilator response to alagebrium was only slightly decreased after L-NAME incubation and significantly decreased after BAYK-8644 incubation.


Conclusion: Results of present study suggest that the mechanism of alagebrium-induced vasodilator effect may include the blockage of L-type calcium channels and partially of the nitric oxide synthase enzyme.



Cite this article as: Toprak C, Sirmagul B, Yigitaslan S. Functional Effects of Alagebrium (ALT-711)–Isolated Rat Carotid Artery. Eurasian J Med 2017; 49: 188-92. 

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