The effect of exogenous L-carnitine on biochemical parameters in serum and in heart of the hyperlipidaemic rat

  • F. Maccari
  • A. Arseni
  • P. Chiodi
  • M. T. Ramacci
  • L. Angelucci


In previous experiments we have demonstrated that L-carnitine administration is capable of reducing olive oil-induced lipidaemia in the rat. In the present study we determined the effect of L-carnitine on the levels of (acyl)carnitines in heart and serum in addition to its effect on serum levels of lipids and ketone bodies after olive oil gavage feeding. L-carnitine was found to reduce the level of myocardial long-chain acylcarnitine which was increased by the olive oil treatment. It also increased the levels of carnitine and acid soluble acylarnitines in both heart and serum. L-carnitine administration caused a clearcut decrease of olive oil-induced lipidaemia and ketonaemia. These effects of added L-carnitine strongly suggest that the stimulation of the β-oxidation in the mitochondria (at the expense of extra mitochondrial triglycerceride synthesis) is suboptimal after fat loading.

Key words

hyperlipidaemia triglycerides carnitines heart serum (in the rat). 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Maccari
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Arseni
    • 2
  • P. Chiodi
    • 2
  • M. T. Ramacci
    • 2
  • L. Angelucci
    • 3
  1. 1.Direzione Laboratori BiologiciSigma-Tau S. p. A.Pomezia - RomeItaly
  2. 2.Biological Research Labs.Sigma TauPomezia, RomeItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Pharmacology II, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of RomeItaly

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