Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-B selectively binds VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-1, a receptor that does not mediate angiogenesis, and is emerging as a major cytoprotective factor.To test the hypothesis that VEGF-B exerts non-angiogenesis-related cardioprotective effects in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.AAV-9-carried VEGF-B(167) cDNA (10(12) genome copies) was injected into the myocardium of chronically instrumented dogs developing tachypacing-induced dilated cardiomyopathy. After 4 weeks of pacing, green fluorescent protein-transduced dogs (AAV-control, n=8) were in overt congestive heart failure, whereas the VEGF-B-transduced (AAV-VEGF-B, n=8) were still in a well-compensated state, with physiological arterial Po(2). Left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic pressure in AAV-VEGF-B and AAV-control was, respectively, 15.0+/-1.5 versus 26.7+/-1.8 mm Hg and LV regional fractional shortening was 9.4+/-1.6\% versus 3.0+/-0.6\% (all P<0.05). VEGF-B prevented LV wall thinning but did not induce cardiac hypertrophy and did not affect the density of alpha-smooth muscle actin-positive microvessels, whereas it normalized TUNEL-positive cardiomyocytes and caspase-9 and -3 activation. Consistently, activated Akt, a major negative regulator of apoptosis, was superphysiological in AAV-VEGF-B, whereas the proapoptotic intracellular mediators glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3beta and FoxO3a (Akt targets) were activated in AAV-control, but not in AAV-VEGF-B. Cardiac VEGFR-1 expression was reduced 4-fold in all paced dogs, suggesting that exogenous VEGF-B(167) exerted a compensatory receptor stimulation. The cytoprotective effects of VEGF-B(167) were further elucidated in cultured rat neonatal cardiomyocytes exposed to 10(-8) mol/L angiotensin II: VEGF-B(167) prevented oxidative stress, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, and, consequently, apoptosis.We determined a novel, angiogenesis-unrelated cardioprotective effect of VEGF-B(167) in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, which limits apoptotic cell loss and delays the progression toward failure.

Intramyocardial VEGF-B167 gene delivery delays the progression towards congestive failure in dogs with pacing-induced dilated cardiomyopathy.

ZACCHIGNA, SERENA;MOIMAS, SILVIA;GIACCA, MAURO;
2010-01-01

Abstract

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-B selectively binds VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-1, a receptor that does not mediate angiogenesis, and is emerging as a major cytoprotective factor.To test the hypothesis that VEGF-B exerts non-angiogenesis-related cardioprotective effects in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.AAV-9-carried VEGF-B(167) cDNA (10(12) genome copies) was injected into the myocardium of chronically instrumented dogs developing tachypacing-induced dilated cardiomyopathy. After 4 weeks of pacing, green fluorescent protein-transduced dogs (AAV-control, n=8) were in overt congestive heart failure, whereas the VEGF-B-transduced (AAV-VEGF-B, n=8) were still in a well-compensated state, with physiological arterial Po(2). Left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic pressure in AAV-VEGF-B and AAV-control was, respectively, 15.0+/-1.5 versus 26.7+/-1.8 mm Hg and LV regional fractional shortening was 9.4+/-1.6\% versus 3.0+/-0.6\% (all P<0.05). VEGF-B prevented LV wall thinning but did not induce cardiac hypertrophy and did not affect the density of alpha-smooth muscle actin-positive microvessels, whereas it normalized TUNEL-positive cardiomyocytes and caspase-9 and -3 activation. Consistently, activated Akt, a major negative regulator of apoptosis, was superphysiological in AAV-VEGF-B, whereas the proapoptotic intracellular mediators glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3beta and FoxO3a (Akt targets) were activated in AAV-control, but not in AAV-VEGF-B. Cardiac VEGFR-1 expression was reduced 4-fold in all paced dogs, suggesting that exogenous VEGF-B(167) exerted a compensatory receptor stimulation. The cytoprotective effects of VEGF-B(167) were further elucidated in cultured rat neonatal cardiomyocytes exposed to 10(-8) mol/L angiotensin II: VEGF-B(167) prevented oxidative stress, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, and, consequently, apoptosis.We determined a novel, angiogenesis-unrelated cardioprotective effect of VEGF-B(167) in nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, which limits apoptotic cell loss and delays the progression toward failure.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.110.220855
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