20 February 2018
Int J Med Sci 2017; 14(5):444-451. doi:10.7150/ijms.18354
Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 supplementation restores altered vascular function in an experimental model of obese mice
1. Departamento de Fisiología, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain;
Aims. Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 improves metabolic and immunological altered functions in high fat fed mice, however little is known about the effects of potential probiotics on vascular reactivity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of a potential probiotic strain, Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765, on vascular response in obese mice.
Methods. Aorta samples were obtained from mice, which were divided into three groups: a control group, receiving a standard diet; an obese group, receiving a high-fat diet; and an obese group receiving high-fat diet and a daily dose of B. pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 by oral gavage. Aortic rings were suspended in organ baths for isometric recording of tension. mRNA expression of eNOS was evaluated by real-time polymerase chain reaction.
Results. Contractions induced by KCl, noradrenaline and thromboxane analogue were 33%, 30% and 45% lower respectively in aortic rings from obese mice. Bifidobacteria administration reversed this effect. eNOS inhibition increased the response to noradrenaline in the three groups with a significant lower magnitude in aortic rings from obese mice receiving bifidobacteria supplement. Acetylcholine caused a greater vasodilation in aorta from obese group (46±3% for control and 69±4% for obese group; p<0.05) and bifidobacteria reversed it (57±5%). Response to sodium nitroprusside was displaced 2.9 times to the left in a parallel manner in obese group. Relaxation to sodium nitroprusside remained unchanged in the bifidobacteria fed group. There was about five-fold decreased mRNA expression of eNOS in aortic segments from the group receiving bifidobacteria.
Conclusion. Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 restores the obesity-induced altered vascular function mainly by reducing nitric oxide release.
Keywords: Bifidobacterium, nitric oxide, obesity, vascular reactivity.
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Mauricio MD, Serna E, Fernández-Murga ML, Portero J, Aldasoro M, Valles SL, Sanz Y, Vila JM. Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum CECT 7765 supplementation restores altered vascular function in an experimental model of obese mice. Int J Med Sci 2017; 14(5):444-451. doi:10.7150/ijms.18354. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v14p0444.htm