Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with impaired vascular endothelial and smooth muscle function and hypertension in young rats

Marianne Tare, Sarah Emmett, Harold Coleman, Con Skordilis, Darryl Eyles, Ruth Morley, Helena Parkington

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Increasing evidence links vitamin D deficiency and cardiovascular dysfunction in human adults. There is a worldwide increase in the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in women of reproductive age, particularly dark-skinned and/or veiled women and their infants. We used a rat model to determine the functional impact of vitamin D deficiency during intra uterine and early life on resistance artery reactivity and blood pressure in the offspring as young adults. Rat dams were maintained on vitamin D deficient or replete chow before and during pregnancy and lactation. The offspring were maintained on the same chow until studied at 7-8 weeks of age. Conscious blood pressure was measured. Endothelial and smooth muscle function were tested in mesenteric arteries on a pressure myograph. Vitamin D deficient male and female offspring had a ten-fold lower serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4777 - 4786
Number of pages10
JournalThe Journal of Physiology
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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