alexa A Simple and Efficient Methodology for the Study of Cardioprotective Drugs in Animal Model of Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion
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Journal of Molecular Imaging & Dynamics
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Research Article

A Simple and Efficient Methodology for the Study of Cardioprotective Drugs in Animal Model of Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion

José Gustavo Padrão Tavares1#, Francisco Sandro Menezes-Rodrigues1#, Ênio Rodrigues Vasques2, Maria do Carmo Maia Reis3, Luciana de Paula4, Bráulio Luna-Filho3, Paolo Ruggero Errante1, Afonso Caricati-Neto1 and Leandro Bueno Bergantin1*

1Laboratory of Autonomic and Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo-SP, Brazil

2Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo-SP, Brazil

3Department of Medicine, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo-SP, Brazil

4Laborvisa – Laboratório de Análises Clínicas, São Paulo-SP, Brazil

#Equal contribution

*Corresponding Author:
Leandro Bueno Bergantin
Laboratory of Autonomic and Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Department of Pharmacology, Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil, Rua Pedro de Toledo
São Paulo-SP-Brazil
Tel: 551155764973
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 30, 2017; Accepted date: July 06, 2017; Published date: July 10, 2017

Citation: Tavares JGP, Menezes-Rodrigues FS, Vasques ER, Reis MCM, Paula L, et al. (2017) A Simple and Efficient Methodology for the Study of Cardioprotective Drugs in Animal Model of Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion. J Mol Imag Dynamic 7: 133. doi: 10.4172/2155-9937.1000133

Copyright: © Tavares JGP, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



To study cardioprotective drugs, we developed a simple and efficient methodology to evaluate effects of drugs on cardiac electrical activity using electrocardiogram (ECG) in rats submitted to cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). Using adult male Wistar rats (14 - 16-week-old) anesthetized (urethane 1.25 g/kg, i.p.) and kept under mechanical ventilation, we used surgical procedures to induce cardiac I/R by means mechanical occlusion of left anterior descendent coronary artery for 10 min (ischemia) with silk suture (tourniquet) followed by its removal to allow coronary recirculation (reperfusion). To evaluate the effects of surgical process, a group of rats (SHAM-operated) was submitted to surgical procedures previously described, but without coronary occlusion. To evaluate cardiac electrical activity in rats submitted to cardiac I/R and SHAM-operated, the ECG system was coupled to animal body to determine the incidence of ventricular arrhythmia (VA), atrio-ventricular blockade (AVB) and lethality (LET). To evaluate injury biomarkers production in rats submitted to cardiac I/R and SHAM-operated, serum concentrations of creatine kinase fraction (MB/CK-MB) and troponin I were determined by biochemical techniques. Using the methodology proposed in this work, we observed that VA, AVB and LET incidence was significantly higher in cardiac I/R group (85%, 79% and 70%, respectively) than in SHAM-operated group (0%, 0% and 0%, respectively). Serum levels of CK-MB and troponin I were also significantly higher in cardiac I/R (1,850 ± 222 U/L and 0.031 ± 0.009 ng/mL, respectively) compared to SHAM-operated group (808 ± 72 U/L and 0.200 ± 0.027 ng/mL). To evaluate efficiency of methodology proposed in this work to study the effect of cardioprotective drugs, the effects of the L-type Ca2+ channel blocker (CCB) nifedipine (30 mg/kg, intravenously - IV) in rats submitted to cardiac I/R were studied. The treatment with nifedipine (before ischemia) significantly reduced the incidence of VA (from 85% to 28%), AVB (from 79% to 14%), and LET (from 70% to 14%). These results indicate that the methodology described in the present work is simple, and efficient, to evaluate cardiac functional and biochemical alterations induced by cardiac I/R, and also the study of cardioprotective drugs in rats. This methodology could contribute to the development of new pharmacological cardioprotective strategies for to treatment of ischemic cardiac diseases in humans, such as myocardial infarction.


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