Effect of etofibrate on bile production in the normolipidemic rat.


1. The effect of etofibrate, the ethandiol-1,2 diester of nicotinic and clofibric acids on bile production was studied in male rats that received a daily dose of 300 mg of etofibrate/kg body weight by stomach tube for 10 days and were compared with control rats receiving the medium. 2. The bile duct was cannulated, animals were intravenously given 1 microCi (4-14C)-cholesterol/100 b.w. and bile was collected at different intervals for a total of 4 hr. 3. Etofibrate treatment decreased plasma cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations and increased the bile flow. The cummulative amount of both bile volume and total bile radioactivity secreted increased linearly in all the animals; the respective slopes being higher in etofibrate treated rats than in controls. 4. The main labelled component found in the bile was always bile acids rather than cholesterol and the proportion of each of these compounds was similar in both groups. Neither was any difference between the groups found in the concentration of bile acids, cholesterol and phospholipids nor in the cholesterol/(bile+phospholipid) ratio. 5. Besides other factors, the present results indicate that an increase in bile flow and biliary cholesterol excretion in its free form and after its conversion into bile acids should contribute to the hypocholesterolemic effect of etofibrate.

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@article{Bocos1995EffectOE, title={Effect of etofibrate on bile production in the normolipidemic rat.}, author={Carlos Bocos and Enrique Orozco and Matilde L F Castro and Guenter Quack and Emilio A. Herrera}, journal={General pharmacology}, year={1995}, volume={26 3}, pages={537-42} }