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P. Potucek, M. Radik, G. Doka, E. Kralova, P. Krenek and J. Klimas

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Blood pressure (BP) rhythm is exhibited in a circadian pattern regulated by complex system of endogenous factors. Administration of pharmacological treatment at the right time can influence the efficacy of treatment; but while kidneys play significant role in BP regulation, little is known about their role in chronopharmacotherapy. This study aimed to compare differences between morning and evening dosing with valsartan and amlodipine combination in both short-term and long-term settings and to elucidate the role of kidneys in chronopharmacology. Spontaneously hypertensive rats aged between 8 and 10 weeks were daily treated with 10mg/kg of valsartan and 4 mg/kg of amlodipine, either in the morning or in the evening with treatment duration of 1 and 6 weeks. After short-term treatment, only morning treatment group demonstrated significantly better outcomes in terms of BP control when compared to placebo. After long-term treatment, both treatment groups gained superior results in BP control against placebo; however, no significant difference was seen between morning and evening treatment. Interestingly, clock gene expression in kidney has been significantly modulated only in the evening-treated groups, with treatment intensifying the reduced Bmal1 levels, while Per2 expression was less altered. However, no direct relation with the outcomes of the therapy has been observed, suggesting that pharmacotherapy may serve as an independent modulator of peripheral circadian clock in the kidney.

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S. Fialová, D. Tekeľová, E. Švajdlenka, P. Potúček, K. Jakubová and D. Grančai

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Mentha × piperita (L.) Huds. of the family Lamiaceae is a very important species for commercial exploitation due to the high content of essential oil. Besides the essential oils, there are also other significant secondary metabolites in peppermint, especially flavonoids and hydroxycinnamic derivatives. In this study, we evaluate the variability of essential oil constituents and of phenolic compounds in the leaves of M. × piperita during the development of inflorescence. Similar studies, dealing with the variation of the essential oils and its composition, have been performed in the past, but no attention was paid to the variation of other secondary metabolites. We examined M. × piperita cv. ‘Perpeta’, the domestic cultivar. The plants were cultivated in the climatic conditions of south-west Slovakia. The contents of secondary metabolites were investigated in the week periods, from the beginning of inflorescence formation to the end of flowering. The yield and the quality of essential oil have been carried out by distillation and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The phenolic substances were analysed using spectrophotometric methods according to European Pharmacopoeia. The highest contents of phenolic substances have been found in leaves of plants during the flowering phenophase, the same stage when essential oil of mint also achieves the highest quality.