Vladimir Kashkin*, Alexe Eigorov, Evgeniy Krupitsky and Alexei Bagrov* Pages 1 - 4 ( 4 )
Background and Objective: Previously it was demonstrated that marinobufagenin (MBG) is implicated in the development of ethanol withdrawal in rats. It has been shown, that ethanol withdrawal is associated with a pressor response in the alcoholics. We hypothesized that elevated levels of sodium pump ligand, MBG, would underline the increase in systolic blood pressure during alcohol withdrawal in humans.
Methods: The cohort included 9 patients with the diagnosis “alcohol dependence syndrome” (F10.(1-3) according to ICD-10). The blood samples for measurement of MBG concentration were collected from the subjects in on the first day of withdrawal and after 7 days treatment of the abstinence. Arterial blood pressure was measured via plethysmography at the same time points.
Results: The beginning of the alcoholic abstinence was associated with rise of arterial blood pressure with enhanced levels of plasma MBG. At day 7 following withdrawal, the systolic blood pressure and MBG levels were decreased to normal values.
Conclusion: The development of alcohol withdrawal is accompanied by an increase in arterial blood pressure, which is associated with increased plasma MBG concentration.
alcohol withdrawal, systolic blood pressure, marinobufagenin, human, endogenous bufadienolide, plasma MBG
Department of Neuroscience, Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, St.Petersburg 194223, Department of Neuroscience, Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, St.Petersburg 194223, Department of Addictions, Bekhterev Research Psychoneurological Institute, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg,199106, Department of Neuroscience, Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, St.Petersburg 194223