Serotonergic measures in cyclosporine A treated rats

Thrombosis Research
D UedaK Kawabe


Whole blood and plasma serotonin (5-HT), its major metabolite--5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), renal cortical blood flow, serum creatinine and whole blood cyclosporine A (CyA) levels were investigated in rats administered with CyA at a dose of 5 mg/kg b.w. or 10 mg/kg b.w. for 14 consecutive days. Serum creatinine remained unaltered during CyA treatment and no apparent changes in excised kidneys were found. Dose-dependent increases in whole blood and plasma 5-HT as well as whole blood 5-HIAA levels were observed. Renal cortical blood flow declined significantly and correlated inversely with whole blood 5-HT and 5-HIAA as well as with plasma 5-HT. Whole blood 5-HT was positively related to whole blood CyA levels. Taking all these data into account and considering the fact that 5-HT is a potent vasoconstrictor, a possible role of this amine in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia during CyA administration is suggested.


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