Effect of clopidogrel on nitric oxide levels in an ischemia reperfusion model

Kanko M., Ozden M. Ö. , Maral H. , Acil C.

JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY, vol.48, no.1, pp.797-801, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/01.fjc.0000211795.45281.9d
  • Page Numbers: pp.797-801


Ischemia and reperfusion injury is a pathologic process with serious consequences, arising due to interruption of arterial blood flow. Restored blood flow achieved after the ischemic period causes formation of oxygen radicals by activation of a variety of substances and systems. In this study, we investigated the effect of clopidogrel, an antithrombocyte agent, on tissue nitric oxide (NO) levels in an experimental ischemia reperfusion model. For this purpose, 6 hours of ischemia and 4 hours of subsequent reperfusion were applied to the right lower extremities of the subjects. Clopidogrel therapy was started in one of these groups 10 days before the process (study group). NO levels were measured in all groups in the muscle, lung, and liver tissues, and in plasma. Lung, plasma, and liver NO measurement values had statistically significant differences among the groups. There was no statistically significant difference in the measurements made on the muscle tissue. Clopidogrel, which has previously been reported to be suitable to be used as a preventive agent of ischemia reperfusion damage, has had a reducing effect on the NO levels in tissues in the ischemia reperfusion model created in our present study.