We have previously demonstrated that angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition with enalapril produces persistent effects that protect against future nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor (l-arginine methyl ester, l-NAME)-induced cardiac dysfunction and outer wall collagen deposition in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). In the present study, we dissect the cytokine/chemokine release profile during NOS inhibition, its correlation to pathological cardiac remodeling and the impact of transient ACE inhibition on these effects. Adult male SHR were treated with enalapril (E+L) or tap water (C+L) for 2 weeks followed by a 2-week washout period. Rats were then subjected to 0, 3, 7 or 10 days of l-NAME treatment. The temporal response to NOS inhibition was evaluated by measuring arterial pressure, cardiac remodeling and cytokine/chemokine levels. l-NAME equivalently increased blood pressure and myocardial and vascular injury in C+L and E+L rats. However, pulse pressure (PP) was only transiently altered in C+L rats. The levels of several inflammatory mediators were increased during l-NAME treatment. However, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-10 and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 were uniquely increased in C+L hearts; whereas IL-4 and fractalkine were only elevated in E+L hearts. By days 7 and 10 of l-NAME treatment, there was a significant increase in the cardiac density of macrophages and proliferating cells, respectively only in C+L rats. Although myocardial injury was similar in both treatment groups, PP was not changed and there was a distinct cardiac chemokine/cytokine signature in rats previously treated with enalapril that may be related to the lack of proliferative response and macrophage infiltration in these hearts.
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor
- cardiac remodeling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine