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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 351--354

Calcium channel blockers reduce inflammatory edema in the rat: Involvement of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis

M Khaksari1, SE Mahani2, M Mahmoodi3 
1 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Kerman, Iran
2 Department of Physiology, Jahrom School of Medicine, Jahrom, Iran
3 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Rafsanjan, Iran

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M Khaksari
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Kerman
Iran

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of calcium channel blockers and their mechanisms of action on acute inflammation of rat paw. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted using carrageenan-induced rat paw inflammation model. Two different doses of nifedipine and verapamil (25 and 400 g/kg, i.p.) were used. Edema was assessed by calculating the volume changes and by extravasation of Evans blue dye. RESULTS: Nifedipine reduced edema dose-dependently, whereas verapamil was effective only at low dose. Adrenalectomy prevented the effect of nifedipine and verapamil. With low dose of nifedipine 66% of antiinflammatory effect was observed. Pretreatment with -helical corticotropin releasing factor (CRF 9-41), a corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) receptor antagonist, had the same effect as that of adrenalectomy for either doses of verapamil, but only the effect of low-dose nifedipine was prevented completely. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that verapamil and nifedipine exerts a potent antiinflammatory action possibly through pituitary adrenocortical activation.


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Khaksari M, Mahani S E, Mahmoodi M. Calcium channel blockers reduce inflammatory edema in the rat: Involvement of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.Indian J Pharmacol 2004;36:351-354


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Khaksari M, Mahani S E, Mahmoodi M. Calcium channel blockers reduce inflammatory edema in the rat: Involvement of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2004 [cited 2021 Oct 22 ];36:351-354
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