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Restorative effects of alpha-1A adrenergic are detectable using T2* and targeted nanoparticles in a mouse myocardial infarction (MI) model
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance volume 15, Article number: P177 (2013)
Apoptosis is believed to play a major role in the progressive weakening of the peri-infarct and remote zone myocardium after myocardial infarction (MI). Our laboratory previously developed an in vivo, MRI-detectable apoptosis probe. Annexin-V (ANX), which binds to cells undergoing apoptosis, was conjugated to superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles, allowing for the non-invasive detection of early apoptotic cell populations (ANX-SPIO r1: 8.6 ± 0.61 mM-1 s-1 and r2: 326 ± 16 mM-1 s-1). In recent work, we demonstrated A61603 (A6), an α1-adrenergic receptor agonist, can rescue cardiac cells from apoptosis through activation of the cardio-protective ERK pathway. We tested whether pre-treatment with A6 was able to prevent the functional decline after MI via an anti-apoptotic mechanism, and whether T2* cardiac MRI, using ANX-SPIO, was sensitive to this dynamic protective effect. Our hypothesis was that A6 pre-treatment protects against MI-induced cardiomyopathy more effectively than A6 treatment after MI.
Female fvb/n mice were divided into three experimental groups. The A6 PREMI group underwent subcutaneous pump implant that delivered A6 two days before LAD ligation. The A6 MI and vehicle (VEH) groups underwent MI surgery simultaneously with subcutaneous A6 or vehicle pump implantation. Pump rate was 10 ng/kg/day over a course of two weeks, and all groups had their pumps re-implanted after two weeks. Cardiac MRI (CMR) was performed at 1, 2, and 4 weeks post MI. ANX-SPIO was delivered via tail vein one day prior to CMR to simultaneously assess left ventricular function and apoptosis (using T2* signal loss as a marker of apoptotic activity) in vivo. Delayed gadolinium enhancement MRI (DEMRI) and T2* were assessed by GE 3T Signa Excite HD MRI: GRE TR 100ms, TE 5-20ms, FA60, 256x256, FOV 4, ST 0.8mm, NEX 6. Myocardial caspase 3/7 activities were also assessed in each group.
At 1-2 weeks post-MI, A6 PREMI EFs (48±10%, n=4) were significantly higher than A6 MI EFs (36±10%, n=10), and both were significantly higher than VEH (16±6%, n=13) mice (p<0.001). At 4 weeks, however, only A6PREMI mice (35±6%) exhibited sustained cardiac function, with a significantly higher ejection fraction than VEH mice (19±6) at week 4 (p<0.01) (Figure 1A). The preserved EF in the A6-MI mice was associated with significantly lower myocardial Caspase 3/7 activity (Figure 1B). Upon T2* decay assessment, A6-treated mice showed significantly (p<0.05) less T2* signal loss after ANX-SPIO delivery compared to VEH-treated mice at 1 week post MI (A6 T2*: 19±2ms; VEH T2*: 14±1, n=3), reflecting less myocardial uptake of ANX-SPIO and therefore less cardiac cell apoptosis in A6-treated hearts (Figure 2).
A6 pretreatment attenuates the decline in cardiac function post-MI, compared to A6 post-treatment. T2* Cardiac MRI using ANX-SPIO is able to detect the anti-apoptotic benefits of A6 treatment in vivo.
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Lam, J., Gong, Y., Robbins, R.C. et al. Restorative effects of alpha-1A adrenergic are detectable using T2* and targeted nanoparticles in a mouse myocardial infarction (MI) model. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 15, P177 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/1532-429X-15-S1-P177
- Post Myocardial Infarction
- High Ejection Fraction
- Delay Gadolinium Enhancement
- Myocardial Caspase
- Cardiac Cell Apoptosis