Homocisteína plasmática total e fator von Willebrand no diabete melito experimental

Renato Delascio Lopes, Lindalva Batista Neves, Vânia D'Almeida, Gleice Margarete de Souza Conceição, Alexandre Gabriel Junior
2007 Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia  
Objectives: To determine the plasma homocysteine and von Willebrand factor levels as markers of endothelial dysfunction in rats with diabetes mellitus induced by streptozotocin. Methods: Thirty-five adult male rats (Rattus norvegicus albinus) (weight between 180-200g) were randomized into three groups: control group (n=10), which received no drugs or vehicles; sham group (n=10), which received streptozotocin solution; and diabetic group (n=15), which received streptozotocin. Eight weeks after
more » ... abetes mellitus induction, the animals were weighed and anesthesized; blood samples were collected from abdominal aorta for plasma total homocysteine, von Willebrand factor and glucose levels. Results: The experimental model was reproducible in 100% of animals. The mean plasma homocysteine levels were: 7.9 µmol/l (control), 8.6µmol/l (sham) and 6.1µmol/l (diabetic), with difference among the groups (p<0.01). Multiple comparison analysis among the groups showed that values in the diabetic group were lower than in the sham group (p<0.01). The mean von Willebrand factor values were 0.15 U/l (control), 0.16U/l (sham) and 0.18 U/l (diabetic), with difference among the groups (p=0.03). The mean value was higher in the diabetic group than in the control group (p<0.05). Correlation between homocysteine and von Willebrand factor was not observed in the diabetic group. Conclusion: Reduced homocysteine levels and increased von Willebrand factor levels were observed in diabetes mellitus induced by streptozotocin; nevertheless, there were no correlations between them and with final glucose levels.
doi:10.1590/s0066-782x2007000400010 pmid:17546272 fatcat:b3475rklu5e2laz26ptbtrxpzu