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1. The actions of piroxicam, a nonsteroidal and noncarboxylic anti-inflammatory drug, on the metabolism of the isolated perfused rat liver were investigated. The main purpose was to verify if piroxicam is also active on glycogenolysis and energy metabolism, as demonstrated for several carboxylic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. 2. Piroxicam increased(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Angiotensin I (AI) and angiotensin II (AII) induce a portal hypertensive response (PHR) and the liver is able to convert AI into AII to trough the action of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). Our purpose was to characterize angiotensin I liver conversion. METHODS AI, AII or angiotensin (1-7) were used in monovascular or bivascular(More)
To ascertain the mechanism of interaction between angiotensins (AI and AII) and the liver, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (captopril) and a receptor antagonist (losartan) were used. Monovascular or bivascular liver perfusion was used to assess both hemodynamic (portal and arterial hypertensive responses) and metabolic (glucose production and(More)
Several non-steroidal anti-inflammatories increase glycogenolysis and are also able to affect intracellular Ca2+ channels. In the perfused liver, glycogenolysis stimulation is often associated with a transient Ca2+ efflux, which occurs immediately after the introduction of the glycogenolytic agonist. The purpose of this work was to verify if the(More)
It has been proposed that key enzymes of ureagenesis and the alanine aminotransferase activity predominate in periportal hepatocytes. However, ureagenesis from alanine, when measured in the perfused liver, did not show periportal predominance and even the release of the direct products of alanine transformation, lactate and pyruvate, was higher in(More)
AIMS/BACKGROUND Zonation of alanine metabolism was investigated in the bivascularly perfused rat liver, a technique in which a selective area of the periportal region can be reached via the hepatic artery. METHODS Bivascular liver perfusion was done in both the antegrade and retrograde modes. Predominance of a given metabolic parameter in the periportal(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Bradykinin (BK) infused into the portal vein elicits a hypertensive response via the B2 receptor (B2R) and is efficiently hydrolyzed by the liver. Our purpose was to characterize the mechanism of interaction between BK and the liver. METHOD BK, HOE-140 (a B2R antagonist), des-R(9)-BK (a B1R agonist) and enzyme inhibitors were used in(More)
1. The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory naproxen inhibited steady-state glycogenolysis stimulation caused by norepinephrine, phenylephrine (alpha 1-agonists) and methotrexate (not receptor mediated) in the isolated perfused rat liver. Stimulation of glycogenolysis caused by these agents is Ca(2+)-dependent. 2. Naproxen did not inhibit glycogenolysis(More)
The effects of oxalate on the metabolism of the isolated perfused rat liver were investigated. The main purpose was to verify if oxalate is also active in intact organs as demonstrated in isolated cells. The results revealed that the action of oxalate in the perfused liver resembles only partially that observed in isolated hepatocytes. In the perfused(More)
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