Protective effect of nifedipine against carrageenan-induced inflammation.
Administration of carrageenan (CA; 0.5 mg) to the plantar tissue of rats resulted in reversible inflammatory injury. The edema was monitored by changes in paw volume using a plethysmometer. Simultaneous administration of CA and nifedipine, intraperitoneally, at different doses (10, 20 and 50 mg/kg) prevented the inflammatory action, and the effect was dose- and time-dependent. In order to improve the nifedipine effects, we prepared liposomed nifedipine which, administered intraperitoneally, showed a greater anti-inflammatory action. In the presence of the L-type channel agonist Bay K 8644, the inflammation produced by CA increased and it was counteracted by free or liposomed nifedipine. The significance of these findings with respect to the mechanism of the anti-inflammatory action of nifedipine is discussed.
Sánchez, S; Bartrons, R; Rodríguez, L; González, P; Planas, ME
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