Prevention of Dahl salt-induced hypertension by chronic dietary tryptophan

L. A. Lark, K. B. Becker, R. E. Park, J. A. Weyhenmeyer

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Four-week-old inbred Dahl salt-sensitive (DS/JR) and Dahl salt-resistant (DR/JR) rats were placed on an 8% salt diet with or without a supplemental 2.5% tryptophan (Trp). Blood pressures were monitored for the next 5 weeks. Urine volumes and ion concentrations were measured during the 6th week. Blood pressures of DS/JR rats on control diets elevated rapidly and markedly, whereas pressures of DS/JR rats on the Trp-supplemented diet were not significantly elevated over those of DR/JR rats. Pressures of DR/JR rats were unaffected by Trp supplemenation. Urinary sodium was significantly greater in DR/JR rats compared with DS/JR rats and was unaffected by Trp supplementation. This suggests that the antihypertensive effect of Trp was not at the level of the kidney. We conclude that dietary Trp blocks the development of hypertension in DS/JR rats maintained on a high salt diet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1432-1436
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1990


  • Dahl rats
  • Dietary sodium
  • Hypertension
  • Tryptophan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (medical)


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