Characterization of coronary flow reserve and left ventricular remodeling in a mouse model of chronic aortic regurgitation with carvedilol intervention.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that left ventricular (LV) remodeling might be exaggerated by an impaired coronary flow reserve in mice with chronic severe aortic regurgitation, and carvedilol, a β-adrenoceptor blocker, could regress the course. METHODS Severe aortic regurgitation was induced by retrograde puncture of the aortic valve leaflets under sonographic guidance in 12-week-old male C57BL/6J mice. Four weeks after regurgitation, the mice were treated with carvedilol (30 mg/kg/d) or not treated (control). Before and 4 weeks after carvedilol treatment, the coronary flow reserve and LV structure and function were evaluated by echocardiography. Cardiomyocytes and fibrosis were validated by histologic analysis. RESULTS Four-week aortic regurgitation caused a decreased LV ejection fraction and an increased LV end-systolic volume index. Regurgitation also impaired the coronary flow reserve due to an increase in the basal coronary peak diastolic velocity and velocity-time integral combined with the absence of substantial changes in the hyperemic coronary peak diastolic velocity and velocity-time integral. Four more weeks of regurgitation further deteriorated LV remodeling and coronary perfusion in the control group. In contrast, the carvedilol-treated group showed attenuated LV remodeling and a higher coronary flow reserve by decreasing the basal peak diastolic velocity and velocity-time integral without substantial changes in the hyperemic peak diastolic velocity and velocity-time integral. The coronary flow reserve and its pretreatment versus posttreatment difference were positively correlated with the pretreatment versus posttreatment LV ejection fraction and end-systolic volume index differences. In the carvedilol-treated group, subendocardial fibrosis was significantly reduced (P < .05), and the cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area tended to be smaller. CONCLUSIONS In mice with chronic severe aortic regurgitation, carvedilol therapy significantly improves the impaired coronary flow reserve and sufficiently attenuates adverse LV remodeling. Sustained coronary flow reserve impairment indicates progressive LV remodeling.

DOI: 10.7863/ultra.34.3.483

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@article{Wang2015CharacterizationOC, title={Characterization of coronary flow reserve and left ventricular remodeling in a mouse model of chronic aortic regurgitation with carvedilol intervention.}, author={Xiangfei Wang and Jian Wu and Dan Zhu and Jieyun You and Yunzeng Zou and Juying Qian and Junbo Ge}, journal={Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine}, year={2015}, volume={34 3}, pages={483-93} }