[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Indoxyl sulfate (IS) is a uraemic toxin found at high concentration in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) co-morbid with chronic heart failure (CHF). The aim of this study was to determine direct effects of IS on cardiac cells as well as the pro-inflammatory effect of IS.
Indoxyl sulfate significantly increased neonatal rat cardiac fibroblast collagen synthesis (by 145.7% vs. control, P < 0.05) and myocyte hypertrophy (by 134.5% vs. control, P < 0.001) as determined by (3)H-proline or (3)H-leucine incorporation, respectively. Indoxyl sulfate stimulated tumour necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-1beta mRNA expression in THP-1 cells as quantified by RT-PCR. Both p38 (RWJ-67657) and MEK1/2 (U0126) inhibitors suppressed all these effects by IS. Furthermore, western blot analysis showed that IS activated mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) (p38, p42/44) and nuclear factor-kappa B (NFkappaB) pathways. 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay showed that IS exerted its effects without affecting cell viability.
This study has, for the first time, demonstrated that IS has pro-fibrotic, pro-hypertrophic, and pro-inflammatory effects, indicating that IS might play an important role in adverse cardiac remodelling mediated via activation of the p38 MAPK, p42/44 MAPK, and NFkappaB pathways. Targeting reduction of IS and/or the pathways it activates may represent a novel therapeutic approach to the management of CHF with concomitant CKD.
Full-text · Article · Jul 2010 · European Heart Journal
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: 1. Cyclo-oxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been implicated in increased cardiovascular events. However, the direct effects of these drugs on cardiac function have not been explored extensively. Given the important role of the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system (RAAS) in cardiac remodelling, we sought to determine the effect of COX-2 inhibitors and non-specific (NS-) NSAIDs on RAAS-induced cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in neonatal rat cardiac myocytes (NCM) and fibroblasts (NCF) isolated from 1–2-day-old Sprague-Dawley rat pups.
2. The NCM were pretreated for 2 h with COX-2 inhibitors (celecoxib or rofecoxib) or NS-NSAIDs (naproxen; all at 0.1–10 μmol/L) before being stimulated with 10 μmol/L aldosterone for 72 h or with 0.1 μmol/L angiotensin (Ang) II for 60 h. Hypertrophy of NCM was assessed by [3H]-leucine incorporation.
3. The NCF were pretreated with COX-2 inhibitors or naproxen as described for NCM before being stimulated with 0.1 μmol/L AngII for 48 h. Collagen synthesis was subsequently assayed by [3H]-proline incorporation.
4. Pooled cryopreserved male and female rat hepatocytes were treated with or without COX-2 inhibitors for 1 h before 1 nmol/L aldosterone (∼540 pg/mL) was added to all wells. Cells were incubated for a further 60 min and culture media harvested by centrifugation. Human hepatic HepG2 cells were treated with compounds with or without serum starvation for 48 h. All cells were pretreated with COX-2 inhibitors for 2 h before the addition of aldosterone. Cell culture media were harvested after a further 3, 18, 24 or 48 h incubation. Aldosterone concentrations in the culture media were determined by enzyme immunoassay.
5. Aldosterone- and AngII-stimulated NCM hypertrophy was inhibited by celecoxib, but not by rofecoxib or naproxen. In NCF, AngII-stimulated collagen synthesis was inhibited by celecoxib and, to a lesser extent, by rofecoxib, whereas naproxen had no effect. The COX-2 inhibitors inhibited aldosterone uptake and/or metabolism by rat hepatocytes, but had no effect in human hepatic HepG2 cells.
6. These results demonstrate a potential antiremodelling effect of selective COX-2 inhibitors in the setting of RAAS stimulation in cardiac cells, whereas naproxen has no effect.
No preview · Article · May 2010 · Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) inhibition exerts beneficial effects on left ventricular (LV) remodeling and dysfunction. p38 MAPK activity is transiently increased soon after myocardial infarction (MI), suggesting brief inhibition may afford the same benefit as long-term inhibition. We examined chronic 12-week p38 MAPK inhibition compared with short-term (7-day) inhibition, and then we discontinued inhibition after MI. Post-MI rats at day 7 received either vehicle, 4-[4-(4-fluorophenyl)-1-(3-phenylpropyl)-5-(4-pyridinyl)-1H-imidazol-2-yl]-3-butyn-1-ol (RWJ67657; RWJ) for 12 weeks (long term; LT-RWJ), RWJ for 1 week and discontinued for 11 weeks (1-week RWJ), or continuous ramipril for 12 weeks. In separate groups of animals, 24 h after MI, vehicle or RWJ was administered for 7 days. Cardiac function was assessed by echocardiography and hemodynamic measurements. Percentage of fractional shortening improved after LT-RWJ and ramipril, but not after 1-week RWJ treatment. Likewise, LV contractility and maximal first derivative of left ventricular pressure (dP/dt(max)) was improved (12.5 and 14.4%) and LV end diastolic pressure (LVEDP) was reduced (49.4 and 54.6%) with both treatments. Functional outcomes were accompanied by regression of interstitial collagen I and alpha-smooth muscle actin expression in LV noninfarct, border, and infarct regions with LT-RWJ and ramipril treatment. Hypertrophy was reduced in noninfarct (18.3 and 12.2%) and border regions (16.3 and 12.0%) with both treatments, respectively. Animals receiving RWJ 24 h after MI for 7 days showed similar improvements in fractional shortening, dP/dt(max), LVEDP, including reduced fibrosis and hypertrophy. In vitro experiments confirmed a dose-dependent reduction in hypertrophy, with RWJ following tumor necrosis factor-alpha stimulation. Continuous but not short-term p38 MAPK blockade attenuates post-MI remodeling, which is associated with functional benefits on the myocardium.
Full-text · Article · Jul 2008 · Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The RhoA-Rho kinase (ROCK) signaling pathway has an important role in cardiovascular diseases. However, the effect of Rho kinase inhibition on pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy (POH) and associated diastolic dysfunction has not been evaluated. This study examined the effect of a selective ROCK inhibitor (GSK-576371) in a POH model, induced by suprarenal abdominal aortic constriction. POH rats were divided into the following four groups: 1 (GSK 1, n = 9) or 3 (GSK 3, n = 10) mg/kg bid GSK-576371, 1 mg.kg(-1).day(-1) ramipril (n = 10) or vehicle (n = 11) treatment for 4 wk. Sham animals (n = 11) underwent surgery without banding. Echocardiograms were performed before surgery and posttreatment, and hemodynamic data were obtained at completion of the study. Echocardiography showed an increase in relative wall thickness of the left ventricle (LV) following POH + vehicle treatment compared with sham animals. This was attenuated by both doses of GSK-576371 and ramipril. Vehicle treatment demonstrated abnormal diastolic parameters, including mitral valve (MV) inflow E wave deceleration time, isovolumic relaxation time, and MV annular velocity, which were dose dependently restored toward sham values by GSK-576371. LV end diastolic pressure was increased following POH + vehicle treatment compared with sham (6.9 +/- 0.7 vs. 3.2 +/- 0.7 mmHg, P = 0.008) and was reduced with GSK 3 and ramipril treatment (1.7 +/- 0.7, P < 0.01 and 2.9 +/- 0.6 mmHg, P < 0.01, respectively). Collagen I deposition in the LV was increased following POH + vehicle treatment (32.2%; P < 0.01) compared with sham animals and was significantly attenuated with GSK 1 (21.7%; P < 0.05), GSK 3 (23.8%; P < 0.01), and ramipril (35.5%; P < 0.01) treatment. These results suggest that ROCK inhibition improves LV geometry and reduces collagen deposition accompanied by improved diastolic function in POH.