αb-crystallin improves murine cardiac function and attenuates apoptosis in human endothelial cells exposed to ischemia-reperfusion

Jeffrey B. Velotta, Naoyuki Kimura, Stephanie H. Chang, Jaehoon Chung, Satoshi Itoh, Jonathan Rothbard, Philip C. Yang, Lawrence Steinman, Robert C. Robbins, Michael P. Fischbein

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Abstract

Background: This study investigates the protective effect of exogenous αB-crystallin (CryAB) on myocardial function after ischemia-reperfusion injury. Methods: Mice underwent temporary left anterior descending artery occlusion for 30 minutes. Either CryAB (50 μg) or phosphate-buffered saline (100 μL [n = 6, each group]) were injected in the intramyocardial medial and lateral perinfarct zone 15 minutes before reperfusion. Intraperitoneal injections were administered every other day. Left ventricular ejection fraction was evaluated on postoperative day 40 with magnetic resonance imaging. To investigate the effect of CryAB on apoptosis after hypoxia/reoxygenation in vitro, murine atrial cardiomyocytes (HL-1 cells) or human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1) were incubated with either 50 μg CryAB (500 μg /10 mL) or phosphate-buffered saline in a hypoxia chamber for 6, 12, and 24 hours, followed by 30 minutes of reoxygenation at room air. Apoptosis was then assessed by western blot (Bcl-2, free bax, cleaved caspases-3, 9, PARP) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analyses (cytoplasmic histone-associated DNA fragments and caspase-3 activity). Results: On postoperative day 40, CryAB-treated mice had a 1.8-fold increase in left ventricular ejection fraction versus control mice (27% ± 6% versus 15% ± 4% SD, p < 0.005). In vitro, (1) the HL-1 cells showed no significant difference in apoptotic protein expression, cytoplasmic histone-associated DNA fragments, or caspase-3 activity; (2) the HMEC-1 cells had increased but not significant apoptotic protein expression with, however, a significant decrease in cytoplasmic histone-associated DNA fragments (1.5-fold, p < 0.01) and caspase-3 activity (2.7-fold, p < 0.005). Conclusions: Exogenous CryAB administration significantly improves cardiac function after ischemia-reperfusion injury, in vivo. The protective anti-apoptotic affects of CryAB may target the endothelial cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1907-1913
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume91
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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