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See detailDisruption of COX-2 modulates gene expression and the cardiac injury response to doxorubicin
Neilan, Tomas; Doherty, Glen; Chen, Gang et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology (2006), 291(2), 532-536

To determine the role of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 in anthracycline-induced cardiac toxicity, we administered doxorubicin (Dox) to mice with genetic disruption of COX-2 (COX-2−/−). After treatment with Dox ... [more ▼]

To determine the role of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 in anthracycline-induced cardiac toxicity, we administered doxorubicin (Dox) to mice with genetic disruption of COX-2 (COX-2−/−). After treatment with Dox, COX-2−/− mice had increased cardiac dysfunction and cardiac cell apoptosis compared with Dox-treated wild-type mice. The expression of the death-associated protein kinase-related apoptosis-inducing protein kinase-2 was also increased in Dox-treated COX-2−/− animals. The altered gene expression, cardiac injury, and dysfunction after Dox treatment in COX-2−/− mice was attenuated by a stable prostacyclin analog, iloprost. Wild-type mice treated with Dox developed cardiac fibrosis that was absent in COX-2−/− mice and unaffected by iloprost. These results suggest that genetic disruption of COX-2 increases the cardiac dysfunction after treatment with Dox by an increase in cardiac cell apoptosis. This Dox-induced cardiotoxicity in COX-2−/− mice was attenuated by a prostacyclin analog, suggesting a protective role for prostaglandins in this setting. [less ▲]

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