Influence of hypercholesterolemia and hypertension on the integrity of the blood-brain barrier in rats.

Abstract

Hypercholesterolemia and/or hypertension impair endothelial function in peripheral vasculature; however, their impact on endothelial cells of brain microvessels is unclear. We investigated the effects of hypercholesterolemia on the integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the activity of astrocytes during N(omega)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME… (More)

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