T lymphocyte regulation of lysyl oxidase in diet-induced cardiac fibrosis

Sherma Zibadi, Randy Vazquez, Douglas F. Larson, Ronald R. Watson

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Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is an important predictor of prognosis and mortality of heart failure. Increased left ventricular stiffness can be associated with excessive myocardial fibrosis and increased cross-linked collagen by the enzyme lysyl oxidase (LOX). These cardiac extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling processes are affected by T-lymphocyte function and phenotype. We sought to examine the role of T lymphocytes in myocardial LOX regulation in diet-induced fibrotic hearts. Female SCID mice, devoid of functional T lymphocytes, and wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 were treated with a high-fat high-simple carbohydrate (HFHSC) diet for 12 months. HFHSC-fed WT mice demonstrated a significant increase in the catalytic activity of myocardial LOX compared with respective controls. These changes coincided with a marked increase in ECM collagen cross-linking and impaired diastolic filling pattern. However, induction of LOX was minimal in the SCID mice compared with the WT group. Correspondingly fibrillar cross-linked collagen concentrations and diastolic dysfunction were less prominent in the SCID mice compared with the WT group. Our results suggest a role for T lymphocytes in this dietary induction of diastolic dysfunction through modulation of LOX-dependent collagen maturation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-198
Number of pages9
JournalCardiovascular toxicology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Cross-linked collagen
  • Diastolic dysfunction
  • Lymphocytes
  • Lysyl oxidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Toxicology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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