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Clin Exp Hypertens. 1996 Feb;18(2):171-88.

Effect of ifetroban, a thromboxane A2 receptor antagonist, in stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, New York Medical College, Valhalla 10595, USA.


Experiments were performed to determine the effect of chronic therapy with the potent and long-acting thromboxane (TX) A2/prostaglandin endoperoxide (TP) receptor antagonist, ifetroban, on hypertension development and the incidence of stroke in stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP). SHRSP instrumented with radiotelemetry probes, for continuous monitoring of arterial blood pressure, were given 1% NaCl to drink and Stroke-Prone Rodent Diet and were chronically treated with ifetroban (20 mg/kg/day, n = 10) or vehicle (n = 12) starting at 16.5 weeks of age. Ifetroban did not affect blood pressure or the development of proteinuria and cerebrovascular lesions. Chronic administration of a higher dose ifetroban (40 mg/kg/day) starting at 7 weeks of age was also without effect on blood pressure and stroke in noninstrumented saline-drinking SHRSP. These results do not support a major role for TXA2 and its endoperoxide precursors in the elevation of blood pressure and the development of cerebrovascular lesions in saline-drinking SHRSP.

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