Effects of quercetin on exercise performance, physical activity and blood supply in a novel model of sustained hind-limb ischaemia

Phie, J., Krishna, S.M., Kinobe, R., Moxon, J.V., Andrade-Lima, A., Morton, S.K., Lazzaroni, S.M., Huynh, P., and Golledge, J. (2021) Effects of quercetin on exercise performance, physical activity and blood supply in a novel model of sustained hind-limb ischaemia. BJS Open, 5 (1). zraa059.

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Abstract

Background: There are currently few effective drugs to treat the leg symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Previous studies have suggested that the nutraceutical, quercetin, can improve exercise performance and reduce pain sensitivity in healthy mice and improve blood supply in a rodent model of acute hind-limb ischaemia. These models may not be relevant to people with PAD. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of quercetin on exercise performance, physical activity and blood supply in a novel mouse model of sustained hind-limb ischaemia.

Methods: Hind-limb ischaemia was induced in 6-month-old male apolipoprotein E-deficient mice using a novel two-stage surgical procedure. Five days after induction of ischaemia, mice were allocated to commence dietary quercetin or a control diet for 4 weeks. The primary outcome was exercise performance evaluated using a treadmill test. Other outcomes included physical activity, estimated by an open field test, and hind-limb blood supply, assessed by laser Doppler monitoring.

Results: A sustained reduction in relative limb blood supply (P < 0.001) was achieved consistently in all 48 mice before allocation to a control (n = 24) or quercetin (n = 24) diet. Quercetin did not improve exercise performance (P = 0.785), physical activity (P = 0.151) or relative limb blood supply (P = 0.954) over the 4-week assessment period.

Conclusion: These data suggest that quercetin does not improve exercise performance, physical activity or limb blood supply in mice with sustained hind-limb ischaemia, and therefore is unlikely be an effective treatment for PAD.

Item ID: 66015
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2474-9842
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of BJS Society Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), Queensland Government (QG)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC 1117061, QG Senior Clinical Research Fellowship
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 00:38
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3101 Biochemistry and cell biology > 310114 Systems biology @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3201 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology > 320199 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences @ 20%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 80%
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