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Table 3 Morphological and molecular characteristics of the heart

From: Extensive impact of saturated fatty acids on metabolic and cardiovascular profile in rats with diet-induced obesity: a canonical analysis

Variables Groups p-value
  CD HD  
Nuclear volume (μm3) 22.1 ± 2.7 30.4 ± 2.3 0.029 *
CSA (μm2) 315 ± 14 319 ± 9 0.811
CIF (%) 3.70 ± 0.38 5.35 ± 0.58 0.028 *
β-MHC (%) 45.4 ± 2.4 55.6 ± 4.1 0.044 *
β/α-MHC ratio 0.87 ± 0.09 1.43 ± 0.21 0.025 *
  1. Results expressed as mean ± standard error; CSA: cross-sectional area of cardiomyocytes; CIF: collagen interstitial fraction; β-MHC: relative left ventricle β- myosin heavy chain isoform content; β/α-MHC ratio: results obtained from relationship between β- and α- MHC expression; CD: control diet; HD: hypercaloric diet; * to significant differences between groups; Student t-test.