Chronic central versus systemic blockade of AT(1) receptors and cardiac dysfunction in rats post-myocardial infarction
ABSTRACT In rats, both central and systemic ANG II type 1 (AT(1)) receptor blockade attenuate sympathetic hyperactivity, but central blockade more effectively attenuates left ventricular (LV) dysfunction post-myocardial infarction (MI). In protocol I, we examined whether functional effects on cardiac load may play a role and different cardiac effects disappear after withdrawal of the blockade. Wistar rats were infused for 4 wk post-MI intracerebroventricularly (1 mg.kg(-1).day(-1)) or injected subcutaneously daily (100 mg x kg(-1) x day(-1)) with losartan. LV dimensions and function were assessed at 4 wk and at 6 wk post-MI, i.e., 2 wk after discontinuing treatments. At 4 and 6 wk post-MI, LV dimensions were increased and ejection fraction was decreased. Intracerebroventricular but not subcutaneous losartan significantly improved these parameters. At 6 wk, LV peak systolic pressure (LVPSP) and maximal or minimal first derivative of change in pressure over time (dP/dt(max/min)) were decreased and LV end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) was increased. All four indexes were improved by previous intracerebroventricular losartan, whereas subcutaneous losartan improved LVEDP only. In protocol II, we evaluated effects of oral instead of subcutaneous administration of losartan for 4 wk post-MI. Losartan ( approximately 200 mg x kg(-1) x day(-1)) either via drinking water or by gavage similarly decreased AT(1) receptor binding densities in brain nuclei and improved LVEDP but further decreased LVPSP and dP/dt(max). These results indicate that effects on cardiac load by peripheral AT(1) receptor blockade or the pharmacokinetic profile of subcutaneous versus oral dosing do not contribute to the different cardiac effects of central versus systemic AT(1) receptor blockade post-MI.
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ABSTRACT: Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the developed world and in developing countries. Acute mortality from acute myocardial infarction (MI) has decreased in the last decades. However, the incidence of heart failure (HF) in patients with healed infarcted areas is increasing. Therefore, HF prevention is a major challenge to the health system in order to reduce healthcare costs and to provide a better quality of life. Animal models of ischemia and infarction have been essential in providing precise information regarding cardiac remodeling. Several of these changes are maladaptive, and they progressively lead to ventricular dilatation and predispose to the development of arrhythmias, HF and death. These events depend on cell death due to necrosis and apoptosis and on activation of the inflammatory response soon after MI. Systemic and local neurohumoral activation has also been associated with maladaptive cardiac remodeling, predisposing to HF. In this review, we provide a timely description of the cardiovascular alterations that occur after MI at the cellular, neurohumoral and electrical level and discuss the repercussions of these alterations on electrical, mechanical and structural dysfunction of the heart. We also identify several areas where insufficient knowledge limits the adoption of better strategies to prevent HF development in chronically infarcted individuals.Brazilian journal of medical and biological research = Revista brasileira de pesquisas medicas e biologicas / Sociedade Brasileira de Biofisica ... [et al.] 08/2011; 44(9):890-8. DOI:10.1590/S0100-879X2011007500096 · 1.08 Impact Factor
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