Magnesium-deficiency elevates circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines and endothelin


We have developed two rodent models of diet-induced magnesium-deficiency in which histologically defined cardiac lesions can be induced within two to three weeks. During the development of these lesions, the magnesium-deficient animals exhibit circulating cytokine levels which are indicative of a generalized inflammatory state. Dramatic elevations of the macrophage-derived cytokines, IL-1, IL-6, and TNF-α together with signigicantly elevated levels of the endothelial cell-derived cytokine, endothelin, were detected in the plasma of these animals. We believe that the pathophysiological effects caused by the action of these cytokines may play a role in the promotion of cardiovascular pathology associated with magnesium deficiency.

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Weglicki, W.B., Phillips, T.M., Freedman, A.M. et al. Magnesium-deficiency elevates circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines and endothelin. Mol Cell Biochem 110, 169–173 (1992).

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Key words

  • cardiomyopathy
  • TNF-α
  • IL-1
  • IL-6
  • free radical mechanisms