Increased systolic blood pressure associated with hypertriglyceridemia in female Sprague-Dawley rats

Conrad Mogane, Lebogang P Mokotedi, Aletta M E Millen, Frederic S Michel

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The effect of hyperlipidemia on the cardiovascular system is uncertain in females. The aim of the present study was to determine whether administration of a lipogenic diet alters cardiovascular parameters in female rats. Fifty female Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned into 2 groups of rats receiving a standard or a high-fat, high-sucrose diet (HFHS) for 6 weeks (n = 25 per group). Body mass, blood lipids concentrations, triglycerides clearance, blood pressures (BPs), systolic and diastolic functions, as well as vascular reactivity were assessed at the end of the diet intervention. At termination, body mass was similar between the 2 groups. Fasting blood triglycerides concentration (BTG) was greater in the HFHS group. Triglycerides clearance was impaired in the HFHS group. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentration was lower in the HFHS group. The early-to-late diastolic filling velocity ratio (E/A) was lower in the HFHS group and negatively associated with BTG. The sensitivity (EC50) of mesenteric arteries to phenylephrine was greater in HFHS and was negatively associated with BTG, but not HDL. Systolic BP was higher in the HFHS group and was positively associated with BTG and HDL. The association between systolic BP and BTG was independent of other lipids measured. In conclusion, hypertriglyceridemia may have increased resistance arteries responsiveness to alpha-agonist and systolic BP in female rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-979
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Animals
  • Blood Pressure/physiology
  • Cholesterol, HDL/blood
  • Diet, Carbohydrate Loading/adverse effects
  • Diet, High-Fat/adverse effects
  • Dietary Fats/administration & dosage
  • Dietary Sucrose/administration & dosage
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Fasting
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension/blood
  • Hypertriglyceridemia/blood
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Systole/physiology
  • Triglycerides/blood
  • Vascular Resistance/physiology


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