The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of high intensity exhaustive exercise on nitric oxide (NO), malondialdehyde (MDA), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) expression in rats with knee osteoarthritis. Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into control (N = 5) and model (N = 35) groups; the model group was further divided into quiet (N = 5), low- (N = 15) and high- (N = 15) intensity exhaustive exercise groups.
Primers were designed according to the Cu/Zn-SOD gene sequences of cloned Cucurbits plants (cucumbers and watermelons) available in NCBI. Total RNA from Hami melon pulp was used as a template. Following RT-PCR amplification, a 403-bp fragment of the Hami melon Cu/Zn-SOD gene was obtained. According to alignment in BLAST and phylogenetic tree analysis, the cloned gene fragment was confirmed to be the Hami melon Cu/Zn-SOD gene sequence.