Hypertension and nephrology

[Gender differences in sport-adaptation of intramural coronary resistance arteries]

TÖRÖK Marianna1

FEBRUARY 24, 2021

Hypertension and nephrology - 2021;25(01)

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[Biomechanical and functional remodeling of coronary resistance arteries in physiological left ventricular hypertrophy has not been analyzed yet, and the possible sex differences are unknown. We aimed to study the biomechanics and function of these arteries during an exercise intervention. Wistar rats were divided into four groups: male and female sedentary controls (MSe and FSe) and male and female animals undergoing a 12-week intensive swim training programme (MEx and FEx). After the training sessions, LV morphology and function were checked by echocardiography, the coronary artery biomechanics and function were examined by pressure arteriography. Elastica remodeling was studied in resorcin-stained histological sections. The female animals had enhanced heart weight/body weight ratio compared to male rats. A similar outer radius and reduced inner radius resulted in an elevated wall-to-lumen ratio in the MEx and FEx animals compared to the sedentary controls. The wall elastic moduli increased in the MEx and FEx rats. The spontaneous tone and TxA2 agonist-induced tone was raised only in ExF animals, whereas the endotheliumdependent relaxation became more effective in ExM rats. Arteries of ExF rats had stronger contraction, whereas arteries of ExM animals had improved dilation. Range of coronary vascular reactivity increased in both exercised male and female rats, but its mechanism was different depending on sex. According to our results the coronary arterioles adapted to an elevated load during long-term exercise and this adaptation depended on sex. The observed sex differences in the biomechanics and function of the coronary resistance arteries of rats may contribute to better understanding of the physiological and pathological function of these arteries in active and retired athletes.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Klinikai Orvostudományok Doktori Iskola, Budapest

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