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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

Print version ISSN 0102-7638On-line version ISSN 1678-9741


SARDETO, Evandro Antonio et al. Efficacy of AlCl3 and ethanol in the prevention of calcification of fragments of porcine aortic wall fixed in GDA. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2006, vol.21, n.4, pp.409-417. ISSN 0102-7638.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of aluminum chloride in isolation or associated with ethanol to prevent calcification and inflammatory reaction with fragments of porcine aortic wall fixed in glutaraldehyde (GDA) and subdermally implanted in young rats. METHOD: Fifteen Sprague-Dawley rats were studied. Three fragments of porcine aortic wall were implanted in the subdermal tissue. The fragments were previously subjected to three different methods of treatment: I (GDA), II (GDA + aluminum), III (GDA + ethanol + aluminum). Explantation was performed after fifteen, thirty and sixty days. Histological analysis was achieved using hematoxylin & eosin (HE) and alizarin-red at pHs of 4.2 and 7.0. Calcium content was determined by atomic absorbance spectroscopy. RESULTS: HE and alizarin red staining showed that the aortic wall extracellular matrix was best preserved in the fragments of Group III. The intensity of the inflammatory reaction was lower in this group. When stained with alizarin red at pH 4.2, Groups II and III had lower degrees of calcification compared with Group I. With alizarin red staining at pH 7.0, Group III demonstrated less calcification compared with Groups I and II. Atomic absorbance spectroscopy showed similar calcium levels for both Groups II and III, but significantly less than in Group I. CONCLUSION: Treatment with aluminum chloride inhibits calcification of fragments of aortic wall after implantation and reduces inflammatory reaction. The combined use of ethanol with aluminum chloride is more efficient to inhibit calcification and also to diminish inflammatory reaction.

Keywords : Aorta; Calcification, physiologic; Ethanol; Aluminum compounds [pharmacology].

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