The phytoestrogen genistein improves endothelial dysfunction in ovariectomized rats through a nitric oxide-dependent mechanism. We investigated whether genistein alters the balance between the nitric oxide products and endothelin-1 and influences endothelium-dependent vasodilation in postmenopausal women. Sixty healthy postmenopausal women were enrolled in the study. A double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized design was employed. After a 4-week stabilization on a standard fat-reduced diet, participants to the study were randomly assigned to receive either genistein (n=30; 54 mg/day) or placebo (n=30). Flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent vasodilation of the brachial artery, plasma nitric oxide breakdown products and endothelin-1 levels were measured at baseline and after 6 months of genistein therapy. The mean baseline level of nitrites/nitrates was 22+/-10 micromol/l and increased to 41+/-10 micromol/ml after 6 months of treatment. The mean baseline plasma endothelin-1 level was 14+/-4 pg/ml and decreased to 7+/-1 pg/ml following 6 months of treatment with genistein. The mean baseline ratio of nitric oxide to endothelin also significantly increased at the end of treatment. Flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent vasodilation of the brachial artery was 3.9+/-0.8 mm at baseline and increased to 4.4+/-0.7 mm after 6 months of treatment. Placebo-treated women showed no changes in plasma nitrites/nitrates, endothelin-1 levels and flow-mediated vasodilation. Genistein therapy improves flow-mediated endothelium dependent vasodilation in healthy postmenopausal women. This improvement may be mediated by a direct effect of genistein on the vascular function and could be the result of an increased ratio of nitric oxide to endothelin.

The effect of the phytoestrogen genistein on plasma nitric oxide concentrations, endothelin-1 levels and endothelium dependent vasodilation in postmenopausal women

Squadrito, Francesco;Altavilla, Domenica;Morabito, Nunziata;CRISAFULLI, ALESSANDRA;D’Anna, Rosario;Corrado, Francesco;Ruggeri, Pietro;Campo, Giuseppe M.;Calapai, Gioacchino;Caputi, Achille P.;Squadrito, Giovanni
2002-01-01

Abstract

The phytoestrogen genistein improves endothelial dysfunction in ovariectomized rats through a nitric oxide-dependent mechanism. We investigated whether genistein alters the balance between the nitric oxide products and endothelin-1 and influences endothelium-dependent vasodilation in postmenopausal women. Sixty healthy postmenopausal women were enrolled in the study. A double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized design was employed. After a 4-week stabilization on a standard fat-reduced diet, participants to the study were randomly assigned to receive either genistein (n=30; 54 mg/day) or placebo (n=30). Flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent vasodilation of the brachial artery, plasma nitric oxide breakdown products and endothelin-1 levels were measured at baseline and after 6 months of genistein therapy. The mean baseline level of nitrites/nitrates was 22+/-10 micromol/l and increased to 41+/-10 micromol/ml after 6 months of treatment. The mean baseline plasma endothelin-1 level was 14+/-4 pg/ml and decreased to 7+/-1 pg/ml following 6 months of treatment with genistein. The mean baseline ratio of nitric oxide to endothelin also significantly increased at the end of treatment. Flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent vasodilation of the brachial artery was 3.9+/-0.8 mm at baseline and increased to 4.4+/-0.7 mm after 6 months of treatment. Placebo-treated women showed no changes in plasma nitrites/nitrates, endothelin-1 levels and flow-mediated vasodilation. Genistein therapy improves flow-mediated endothelium dependent vasodilation in healthy postmenopausal women. This improvement may be mediated by a direct effect of genistein on the vascular function and could be the result of an increased ratio of nitric oxide to endothelin.
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