Pioglitazone, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ agonist, attenuates left ventricular remodeling and failure after experimental myocardial infarction

Tetsuya Shiomi, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Shunji Hayashidani, Nobuhiro Suematsu, Masaki Ikeuchi, Jing Wen, Minako Ishibashi, Toru Kubota, Kensuke Egashira, Akira Takeshita

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Background - Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ activators have recently been implicated as regulators of cellular proliferation and inflammatory response such as cytokine expression. Because proinflammatory cytokines play a critical role in left ventricular (LV) remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI), we examined the effects of pioglitazone treatment in an experimental model of chronic heart failure. Methods and Results - Mice with extensive anterior MI were treated with placebo or pioglitazone (3 mg·kg-1·d-1) as a dietary supplement for 4 weeks starting 6 hours after surgery. Infarct size and glucose levels were similar among all groups. LV cavity dilatation and dysfunction by echocardiography were significantly attenuated in MI mice given pioglitazone. LV end-diastolic pressure was increased in MI mice and was significantly reduced by pioglitazone treatment. Pioglitazone partially normalized LV dP/dtmax and dP/dtmin, indices of LV contractile function, which were significantly reduced in MI mice. Improvement of LV function by pioglitazone was accompanied by a decrease in myocyte hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis and a reduced expression of tumor necrosis factor-α, transforming growth factor-β, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 genes in the noninfarcted LV from MI mice, LV inducible nitric oxide synthase and gelatinase B protein levels were increased in MI and were not altered by pioglitazone treatment. Conclusions - Pioglitazone improved LV remodeling and function in mice with post-MI heart failure. This effect was associated with an attenuated LV expression of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ ligands have promise as preventive and therapeutic agents against heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3126-3132
Number of pages7
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 10 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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