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See detailEffects of dobutamine on left ventriculoarterial coupling and mechanical efficiency in acutely ischemic pigs
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology (2005), 45(2), 144-152

This study investigated the effects of dobutamine on left ventriculoarterial (VA) coupling and mechanical efficiency in acutely ischemic pigs. Experiments were performed in 12 pigs in which vascular ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the effects of dobutamine on left ventriculoarterial (VA) coupling and mechanical efficiency in acutely ischemic pigs. Experiments were performed in 12 pigs in which vascular properties, including peripheral resistance (R-2), compliance (C), and arterial elastance (E-a), were estimated with a windkessel model, and left ventricular (LV) function by the slope (E-es) of the end-systolic pressure-volume relationship (ESPVR) and stroke work (SW). VA coupling was defined as E-es/E-a, and mechanical efficiency as SW/pressure-volume area (PVA). In all animals, the left anterior descending coronary artery was ligated after basal measures. The animals were then randomly divided into 2 groups: group CTRL (n = 6) was followed for 180 minutes without other intervention, whereas group DOBU (n = 6) was infused with dobutamine (5 mug(.)kg(-1.)min(-1)) starting after T60 measures. Coronary occlusion induced a rightward shift of ESPVR and a decrease in E-es from 3.67 +/- 0.33 to 1.92 +/- 0.20 mm Hg(.)mL(-1), while E-a changed from 3.33 +/- 0.56 to 4.65 +/- 0.29 mm Hg(.)mL(-1), R-2 from 1.72 +/- 0.30 to 2.38 +/- 0.16 mm Hg(.)s(.)mL(-1), and C from 0.78 +/- 0.16 to 0.46 +/- 0.08 mL(.)mm Hg-1. This altered VA coupling from 1.22 +/- 0.11 to 0.44 +/- 0.07. SW decreased from 4056 +/- 223 to 2372 +/- 122 mm Hg(.)mL, and PVA and SW/PVA decreased from 5575 +/- 514 to 4830 +/- 3.17 mm Hg(.)mL, and from 0.76 +/- 0.04 to 0.49 +/- 0.03, respectively. In group DOBU, dobutamine restored E-es and the position of ESPVR to baseline values, while E-a decreased to 3.39 +/- 0.34 mm Hg(.)mL(-1) because of an R-2 decrease to 1.60 +/- 0.24 mm Hg(.)s(.)mL(-1). VA coupling was restored. SW and PVA increased to 3833 +/- 180 mm Hg(.)mL and to 7498 +/- 442 mm Hg(.)mL, respectively, while SW/PVA was unchanged. In ischemic pigs, dobutamine restored VA coupling through an increase in LV contractility and decrease in arterial elastance as a result of peripheral vasodilatation. However, myocardial oxygen consumption was increased, and mechanical efficiency impaired. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the effects of propofol and pentobarbital on left ventricular adaptation to an increased afterload
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology (2004), 44(3), 294-301

The purpose of this study was to compare the hemodynamic effects of pentobarbital and propofol and their effects on cardiovascular adaptation to an abrupt increase in left ventricular afterload ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to compare the hemodynamic effects of pentobarbital and propofol and their effects on cardiovascular adaptation to an abrupt increase in left ventricular afterload. Experiments were performed in 12 open-chest pigs instrumented for measurement of aortic pressure and flow, and left ventricular pressure and volume. In one group (n = 6), anesthesia was obtained with sodium pentobarbital (3 mg x kg(-1) x h(-1)), and, in the second group B (n = 6), with propofol (10 mg x kg(-1) x h(-1)). Both groups received sufentanil (0.5 microg x kg(-1) x h(-1)) and pancuronium bromide (0.1 mg x kg(-1)). Left ventricular function was assessed by the slope of end-systolic pressure-volume relationship and stroke work. After baseline recordings, left ventricular afterload was increased by aortic banding. The cardiovascular adaptations triggered by the aortic banding, such as tachycardia, vasoconstriction, and augmentation of myocardial contractility were prevented with propofol, suggesting interference with the baroreflex. Increase in left ventricular afterload decreased mechanical efficiency, regardless of anesthetic agent. These results showed that pentobarbital at 3 mg x kg(-1) x h(-1) has less deleterious hemodynamic effects than propofol at 10 mg x kg(-1) x h(-1). [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on amyloid-beta formation and macrophage activation after platelet phagocytosis.
Jans, Dominique ULg; Martinet, Wim; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology (2004), 43(3), 462-70

Recently, we showed that platelet phagocytosis occurs in human atherosclerotic plaques and leads to foam cell formation. Platelet phagocytosis, resulting in macrophage activation and iNOS induction, was ... [more ▼]

Recently, we showed that platelet phagocytosis occurs in human atherosclerotic plaques and leads to foam cell formation. Platelet phagocytosis, resulting in macrophage activation and iNOS induction, was associated with the formation of amyloid-beta peptide (Abeta) via proteolytic cleavage of platelet-derived amyloid precursor protein (APP), possibly by secretases. To test the involvement of gamma-secretase in this process, we used indomethacin, ibuprofen, and sulindac sulfide, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) known to alter the gamma-secretase cleaving site of APP, on their ability to inhibit macrophage activation evoked by platelet phagocytosis. J774 macrophages were incubated with human platelets or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) with or without NSAIDs. Nitrite was quantified as a measure for inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) activity. Indomethacin, ibuprofen, sulindac sulfide, and meloxicam concentration-dependently reduced nitrite production by macrophages incubated with platelets, but did not alter LPS-induced iNOS activity or platelet uptake. However, acetylsalicylic acid and naproxen, two NSAIDs without effect on the gamma-secretase cleaving site of APP, did not affect nitrite production in either platelet- or LPS-stimulated macrophages. Surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass-spectrometry demonstrated time-dependent formation of Abeta-containing peptides after platelet phagocytosis, which could be inhibited by indomethacin. In conclusion, these results point to the involvement of gamma-secretase in macrophage activation following platelet phagocytosis. [less ▲]

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