Glucocorticoid regulation of adrenomedullin in a rat model of endotoxic shock.


Wistar rats were injected intravenously with bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and developed endotoxic shock with severe hypotension. This was accompanied by significantly elevated concentrations of adrenomedullin (AM) in the plasma and expression of high levels of AM mRNA in the lung. Pretreatment of the rats with dexamethasone (DEX) prevented hypotension… (More)