Table 2 Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction of vascular endothelial growth factor-A and angiopoietin-2 in abdominal tissues of control and cirrhotic rats with ascites
TissueVascular endothelial growth factor-AAngiopoietin-2
Control (n = 5)Cirrhosis (n = 5)Control (n = 5)Cirrhosis (n = 5)
Liver1.14 (0.2)1.91 (0.2)*1.17 (0.2)2.41 (0.4)*
Mesentery1.09 (0.2)5.59 (0.8)*1.09 (0.1)3.58 (0.6)*
Small intestine1.07 (0.1)1.55 (0.4)1.17 (0.1)4.36 (0.6)**
Pancreas1.04 (0.2)0.53 (0.1)*1.17 (0.2)0.57 (0.1)*
Spleen1.07 (0.2)0.89 (0.2)1.07 (0.2)1.49 (0.2)
Kidney1.13 (0.1)1.38 (0.1)1.12 (0.2)1.03 (0.2)
  • Results are given as mean (SE) for mRNA expression (fold change compared to reference controls).

  • *p<0.01 and **p<0.001 vs control rats.