ANIMALS AND METHODS Animals and research design: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were obtained at six weeks of age (University of British Columbia Animal Care Unit) and divided into two groups: control (n=9) and fructose-hypertensive (n=9). At seven weeks of age, the fructose-hypertensive group was started on a 66% fructose diet for six weeks. The sodium content of the fructose diet was comparable with that of standard rat chow (fructose diet 4.2 g/kg, standard chow 4 g/kg). The rats were housed two per cage on a 12 h light-dark cycle and received water and food ad libitum. At the end of this period the cannu-lation procedure was carried out (described below) and direct intra-arterial blood pressure readings were recorded in response to specific intravenous drug injections, namely ACh and noradrenaline before and after L-NAME administration, and L-arginine after L-NAME administration.
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