Klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 90–92 | Cite as

Effects of nicotine and its major metabolites on blood pressure in anaesthetized rats

  • P. Dominiak
  • G. Fuchs
  • S. von Toth
  • H. Grobecker
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Summary

Blood pressure and heart rate in anaesthetized rats has been determined after i.v. injection of increasing doses of nicotine (NI) and its major metabolites, i.e. continine (CO), nornicotine (NOR), metanicotine (MN) and dihydrometanicotine (DMN). NI and MN elicited similar dose response curves, increasing blood pressure according to the dose injected. However, the dose response curve of MN was shifted to the right. Furthermore DMN caused similar pressor effects than MN and the pressor effects of NOR was even weaker. Only after injection of CO was a dose-dependent depressor effect observed and this was reversed after very high doses. CO also reduced heart rate in a dose-dependent manner, whereas NI and its other metabolites did not significantly change heart rate.

Key words

Nicotine and metabolites Dose-response curves Blood pressure Heart rate Anaesthetized rats 

Abbreviations

CO

cotinine

DMN

dihydrometanicotine

MN

metanicotine

NI

nicotine

NOR

nornicotine

SEM

standard error of the mean

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Dominiak
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Fuchs
    • 1
  • S. von Toth
    • 1
  • H. Grobecker
    • 1
  1. 1.Pharmakologisches Institut, Universität RegensburgGermany
  2. 2.Physiologisches Institut der Universität MünchenMünchen 2Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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