Effect of metoprolol on vulnerable plaque in rabbits by changing shear stress around plaque and reducing inflammation.
ABSTRACT The beta-adrenoceptor antagonists are known to reduce cardiovascular events, but less is known about their effects on vulnerable plaque. The purpose of this study is to explore the role of metoprolol on vulnerable plaque and the possible mechanism. Vulnerable plaque model was established by local transfection with p53 gene in New Zealand Rabbits. Metoprolol treatment attenuated vessel positive remodeling and reduced vulnerability index (1.61+/-0.58 vs. 2.33+/-0.12, P<0.01). Although the difference did not reach statistical significance, the rate of rupture of atherosclerotic plaque (31% vs. 75%) and intima-media thickness (0.05+/-0.01 vs. 0.08+/-0.01 cm) were less in the metoprolol group than in the control group. The level of shear stress-related inflammatory cytokines such as intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1), vascular adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1), matrix metalloproteinase 1 (MMP-1), were lower in the metoprolol group than in the control group (P<0.01). Compared with control group, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol were lower (P<0.01) in the metoprolol group. After metoprolol treatment, shear stress increased, and was not different to baseline (physiological shear stress, P>0.05). Shear stress and vulnerability index showed a negative correlation. These findings suggest that metoprolol could inhibit the development of atherosclerosis and stabilize vulnerable plaque by regulation of lipid and reduction of inflammation, in which the change from low shear stress to physiological shear stress around plaque may play an important role.
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ABSTRACT: A few studies in animals and humans suggest that metoprolol (β1-selective adrenoceptor antagonist) may have a direct antiatherosclerotic effect. However, the mechanism behind this protective effect has not been established. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of metoprolol on development of atherosclerosis in ApoE(-/-) mice and investigate its effect on the release of proinflammatory cytokines. Male ApoE(-/-) mice were treated with metoprolol (2.5 mg/kg/h) or saline for 11 weeks via osmotic minipumps. Atherosclerosis was assessed in thoracic aorta and aortic root. Total cholesterol levels and Th1/Th2 cytokines were analyzed in serum and macrophage content in lesions by immunohistochemistry. Metoprolol significantly reduced atherosclerotic plaque area in thoracic aorta (P < 0.05 versus Control). Further, metoprolol reduced serum TNFα and the chemokine CXCL1 (P < 0.01 versus Control for both) as well as decreasing the macrophage content in the plaques (P < 0.01 versus Control). Total cholesterol levels were not affected. In this study we found that a moderate dose of metoprolol significantly reduced atherosclerotic plaque area in thoracic aorta of ApoE(-/-) mice. Metoprolol also decreased serum levels of proinflammatory cytokines TNFα and CXCL1 and macrophage content in the plaques, showing that metoprolol has an anti-inflammatory effect.Atherosclerosis Supplements - ATHEROSCLER SUPPL. 01/2011; 12(1):71-71.
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ABSTRACT: The MMPs and their inhibitors [tissue inhibitor of MMPs (TIMPs) ] form the mainstay of extracellular matrix homeostasis. They are expressed in response to numerous stimuli including cytokines and GPCR activation. This review highlights the importance of adrenoceptors and phosphoprotein phosphatases (PPP) in regulating MMPs in the cardiovascular system, which may help explain some of the beneficial effects of targeting the adrenoceptor system in tissue remodelling and will establish emerging crosstalk between these three systems. Although - and β-adrenoceptor activation increases MMP but decreases TIMP expression, MMPs are implicated in the growth stimulatory effects of adrenoceptor activation through transactivation of epidermal growth factor receptor. Furthermore, they have recently been found to catalyse the proteolysis of β-adrenoceptors and modulate vascular tone. While the mechanisms underpinning these effects are not well defined, reversible protein phosphorylation by kinases and phosphatases may be key. In particular, PPP (Ser/Thr phosphatases) are not only critical in resensitization and internalization of adrenoceptors but also modulate MMP expression. The interrelationship is complex as isoprenaline (ISO) inhibits okadaic acid [phosphoprotein phosphatase type 1/phosphoprotein phosphatase type 2A (PP2A) inhibitor]-mediated MMP expression. While this may be simply due to its ability to transiently increase PP2A activity, there is evidence for MMP-9 that ISO prevents okadaic acid-mediated expression of MMP-9 through a β-arrestin, NF-κB-dependent pathway, which is abolished by knock-down of PP2A. It is essential that crosstalk between MMPs, adrenoceptors and PPP are investigated further as it will provide important insight into how adrenoceptors modulate cardiovascular remodelling, and may identify new targets for pharmacological manipulation of the MMP system.British Journal of Pharmacology 05/2012; 166(4):1225 - 1243. · 5.07 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To examine whether the decrease in IMT progression rate in the carotid bulb induced by metoprolol CR/XL treatment (25mg once daily) observed in the β-blocker Cholesterol-lowering Asymptomatic Plaque Study (BCAPS) was accompanied by an effect on carotid plaque echogenicity. Gray scale median (GSM) in carotid plaques, used as a score of echogenicity, was measured at baseline and after 36 months in those 341 subjects (aged 49-69 years) with an asymptomatic moderate- to large-sized carotid plaque present at baseline and at follow-up. Participants were in a factorial design assigned to treatment with metoprolol CR/XL (25mg once daily), fluvastatin (40 mg once daily) or corresponding placebo. After 36 months plaques were more echogenic in participants treated compared to those not treated with metoprolol CR/XL (57.3 ± 16.8 versus 51.8 ± 20.0, p=0.006). GSM had increased more from baseline in the metoprolol CR/XL treated subjects (25 ± 15 versus 18 ± 20, p<0.001), and plaques that had become more echolucent were less frequent in the metoprolol CR/XL treated subjects (3.6% versus 17.0%, p<0.001). Long-term treatment with low dose metoprolol CR/XL in clinically healthy subjects with moderate-sized carotid plaques was associated with increase in plaque echogenicity, suggesting a potential beneficial effect of the β-blocker treatment on plaque stability.Atherosclerosis 06/2011; 215(2):440-5. · 3.71 Impact Factor