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    German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; Düsseldorf
    In:  GMS German Medical Science; VOL: 8; DOC20 /20100908/
    Publication Date: 2010-09-09
    Description: Objective: Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The complement system plays a major role in inflammation and tissue injury following myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (MI/R) injury. Systemic C5 inhibition in clinical studies has resulted in mixed results and the role of earlier complement components (e.g., C3a), upstream from C5 cleavage, has not been elucidated for MI/R injury. Therefore, we evaluated the role of C5 or C3a in a mouse model of MI/R injury.Methods: We performed experimental MI/R with 30 min of ischemia and 4 hr of reperfusion in 8-12 wk old C57BL/6 (WT) mice. Systemic C5 or C3a inhibition was performed with an anti-C5 monoclonal antibody (BB5.1) 30 min prior to reperfusion or with a C3a receptor antagonist (C3aRA). Since the C3aRA induces neutropenia that resolves within 120 min, we administered C3aRA at two different time points in two separate groups: 30 min prior to reperfusion within the neutropenic time frame and 120 min prior to reperfusion, when the neutropenia had resolved, but C3aRA remained active. Following MI/R, cardiac function was assessed via echocardiography, serum troponin I concentrations were measured as an index of myocardial cell death and myocardial inflammation was determined via myocardial polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) infiltration.Results: In wild type mice, MI/R significantly decrease myocardial ejection fraction and increased serum troponin I levels and myocardial PMN infiltration compared to sham-operated animals. Systemic C5 inhibition, 30 min prior to reperfusion, significantly protected mice from MI/R injury, confirming an important role for C5 in murine MI/R injury.Treatment with the C3aRA, 30 min prior to reperfusion (i.e., within the neutropenic time frame), protected mice significantly from MI/R related injury. In contrast, administration of the C3aRA 120 min prior to reperfusion, when the neutropenia had resolved, but C3aRA remained active, did not prevent MI/R injury.Conclusions: These results confirm an important role for C5 cleavage in murine MI/R injury. At the same time, they suggest a minimal role for C3a, since neutropenia rather than C3a receptor antagonism appears to be responsible for C3aRA related amelioration in MI/R injury. While C5 inhibition in the clinical setting of MI/R does not appear to be therapeutic, our results raise the possibility that inhibition of either C5a or C5b-9 may be more advantageous than inhibition of C3a or complete inhibition of C5 in humans.
    Description: Einleitung: Die koronare Herzerkrankung ist weltweit die führende Todesursache. Das Komplementsystem spielt eine wichtige Rolle bei der Entzündungsreaktion und dem Gewebeschaden nach myokardialer Ischämie und Reperfusion (MI/R). Die Inhibition des Komplementfaktors C5 hatte in klinischen Studien unterschiedliche Ergebnisse gezeigt, und die Rolle von Komplementfaktoren, die oberhalb der C5-Spaltung in der Komplementkaskade liegen (z.B. C3a), wurde für MI/R nicht erforscht. Daher untersuchten wir die Rolle von C5 und C3a in einem MI/R-Mausmodell.Methoden: Wir führten in 12 Wochen alten C57BL/6 (WT)-Mäusen experimentell MI/R mit 30 min Ischämie und 4 h Reperfusion durch. Systemische Inhibition der Komplementfaktoren C5 oder C3a wurde mittels eines anti-C5 monoklonalen Antikörpers (BB5.1) 30 min vor der Reperfusion oder mit einem C3a-Rezeptorantagonist (C3aRA) durchgeführt. Da der C3aRA eine Neutropenie induziert, die innerhalb von 〈TextGroup〉 120 min 〈/TextGroup〉 abgeklungen ist, verabreichten wir den C3aRA in zwei unterschiedlichen Versuchsgruppen zu zwei Zeitpunkten: 30 min vor der Reperfusion, innerhalb der Neutropenie, und 120 min vor der Reperfusion, wenn die Neutropenie abgeklungen war, aber der C3aRA noch aktiv war. Nach MI/R untersuchten wir die kardiale Funktion mittels Echokardiographie, bestimmten die Serumkonzentration von Troponin I als Zeichen myokardialen Zelluntergangs und die myokardiale Infiltration mit Polymorphonukleären Zellen (PMN) als Maß myokardialer Inflammation. Ergebnisse: WT-Mäuse hatten nach MI/R im Vergleich zu sham-operierten Mäusen signifikant reduzierte Ejektionsfraktionen, während Troponin I und die myokardiale PMN-Infiltration signifikant erhöht waren. Systemische C5-Inhibierung 30 min vor der Reperfusion schützte Mäuse signifikant vor MI/R-Schädigung und bestätigt damit eine wichtige Rolle von C5 in MI/R im Mausmodell. Eine Behandlung mit dem C3aRA 30 min vor der Reperfusion, während der neutropenischen Phase, schützte die Mäuse signifikant vor MI/R-Schädigung. Eine Verabreichung des C3aRA 120 min vor der Reperfusion, wenn die Neutropenie abgeklungen war, aber der C3aRA noch aktiv war, verhinderte allerdings keine MI/R-Schädigung.Fazit: Diese Ergebnisse bestätigen eine wichtige Rolle für C5 bei MI/R im Mausmodell. Die durch den C3aRA verursachte Neutropenie, und nicht der C3a-Rezeptorantagonismus, scheint für die Abschwächung des MI/R-Schadens verantwortlich zu sein. Damit scheint C3a bei MI/R im Mausmodell nur eine untergeordnete Rolle zu spielen. Da die Inhibition des Komplementfaktors C5 in klinischen Studien nicht erfolgreich war, sprechen unsere Ergebnisse dafür, dass die Inhibition von C5a oder C5b-9 in klinischen Studien erfolgversprechender sein könnte als die Inhibition von C3a oder eine komplette Inhibition von C5.
    Keywords: ischemia ; reperfusion ; I/R ; cardiac ; myocardial ; heart ; ischemic heart disease ; C5 ; C3a ; complement ; Ischämie ; Reperfusion ; I/R ; kardial ; myokardial ; Herz ; koronare Herzerkrankung ; C5 ; C3a ; Komplement ; ddc: 610
    Language: English
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    ISSN: 1432-1912
    Keywords: Key words Release of taurine ; Noradrenaline ; Rat vas deferens ; ATP ; P2X-purinoceptors ; Cotransmission α ; β-Methylene ATP ; Suramin
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Release of taurine evoked by electrical stimulation (2700 pulses; 5 Hz; 10 mA unless stated otherwise) and its dependence on noradrenaline and ATP was studied in isolated, perifused rat vas deferens. Outflow of noradrenaline was also measured in some experiments. The basal outflow of taurine averaged 3.90± 0.32 nmol/g tissue per min. Electrical stimulation increased the outflow to about 4 times basal values. The electrically-evoked overflow averaged 128.0±11.7 nmol/ g. An increase in current strength to 40 mA increased the evoked overflow by about 50%. At either current strength, the evoked overflow of taurine (and noradrenaline) was abolished by tetrodotoxin. Ca2+-deprivation blocked the overflow of taurine elicited by 10 mA and increased the overflow elicited by 40 mA pulses (but abolished noradrenaline overflow under either condition). Neither prazosin nor pretreatment of the rats with reserpine reduced electrically-evoked overflow of taurine (although reserpine pretreatment abolished evoked noradrenaline overflow). Tyramine (100 μmol/l; 9 min) caused an overflow of taurine 36% of that caused by electrical stimulation (but an overflow of noradrenaline 3 times higher than that evoked by electrical stimulation). Exogenous noradrenaline (9 min) caused a concentration-dependent overflow of taurine with a maximal effect at 162 μmol/l, amounting to 33% of the electrically-evoked overflow. α,β-Methylene ATP (19 μmol/l) elicited an overflow of taurine that faded despite continued exposure to the drug and amounted to 62% of the response to electrical stimulation. Thirty minutes after the start of application of α,β-methylene ATP, electrically-evoked overflow of taurine was greatly reduced. Suramin (100 μmol/l) also reduced taurine overflow in response to electrical stimulation. It is concluded that electrical (neural) stimulation releases taurine in rat vas deferens. The release is mainly postjunctional in origin, secondary to ATP release from sympathetic axon terminals, and a consequence of postjunctional P2X-purinoceptor activation.
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