ABSTRACT: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a possible causative factor of the destructive processes observed during the weeks after myocardial infarction.
We developed a clinically relevant animal model including the removal of CRP from blood plasma utilizing a specific CRP adsorber and the visualization of the infarct scar in the living animal by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging as a tool to investigate the impact of CRP after acute myocardial infarction.
We describe the facets of this model system and kinetics of clinical blood parameters like CRP and troponin. In addition, we demonstrate the potency of CRP apheresis reducing CRP levels by ~70% in the established treatment system.
We showed for the first time that it is possible to conduct apheresis at the following 2 days after acute myocardial infarction in a porcine infarction model and to analyze the infarct by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging at day 1 and 14.
Blood Purification 01/2011; 31(1-3):9-17. · 2.10 Impact Factor