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Articles by N Ouchi
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  P Li , R Shibata , S Maruyama , M Kondo , K Ohashi , N Ouchi and T. Murohara
 

Recent clinical trials demonstrated that PPAR agonist fenofibrate reduces cardiovascular events, including limb amputation in people with type 2 diabetes. Here, we investigated whether fenofibrate modulates the revascularization process in a mouse model of hindlimb ischemia. Treatment with fenofibrate led to acceleration of revascularization of ischemic hindlimb relative to the contralatereal limb in wild-type (WT) mice, as measured by laser Doppler blood flow and capillary density analyses. Treatment of WT mice with fenofibrate increased the serum levels of adiponectin, which has protective actions on the vasculature. Of importance, fenofibrate had no effects on the revascularization in ischemic limbs of adiponectin-deficient (APN-KO) mice. Fenofibrate stimulated the phosphorylation of AMPK and eNOS in the ischemic muscles in WT mice but not in APN-KO mice. AMPK inhibitor compound C suppressed fenofibrate-induced increase in limb perfusion and AMPK phosphorylation in ischemic muscle in WT mice without affecting adiponectin levels. NOS inhibitor l-NAME also blocked the increased blood flow of ischemic limbs in fenofibrate-treated WT mice. Our observations suggest that fenofibrate could promote revascularization in response to ischemia through adiponectin-dependent AMPK signaling.

  Y Oshima , N Ouchi , M Shimano , D. R Pimentel , K. N Papanicolaou , K. D Panse , K Tsuchida , E Lara Pezzi , S. J Lee and K. Walsh
 

Background— Transforming growth factor-β family cytokines have diverse actions in the maintenance of cardiac homeostasis. Activin A is a member of this family whose regulation and function in heart are not well understood at a molecular level. Follistatin-like 3 (Fstl3) is an extracellular regulator of activin A protein, and its function in the heart is also unknown.

Methods and Results— We analyzed the expression of various transforming growth factor-β superfamily cytokines and their binding partners in mouse heart. Activin βA and Fstl3 were upregulated in models of myocardial injury. Overexpression of activin A with an adenoviral vector (Ad-actβA) or treatment with recombinant activin A protein protected cultured myocytes from hypoxia/reoxygenation-induced apoptosis. Systemic overexpression of activin A in mice by intravenous injection of Ad-actβA protected hearts from ischemia/reperfusion injury. Activin A induced the expression of Bcl-2, and ablation of Bcl-2 by small interfering RNA abrogated its protective action in myocytes. The protective effect of activin A on cultured myocytes was abolished by treatment with Fstl3 or by a pharmacological activin receptor-like kinase inhibitor. Cardiac-specific Fstl3 knockout mice showed significantly smaller infarcts after ischemia/reperfusion injury that was accompanied by reduced apoptosis.

Conclusions— Activin A and Fstl3 are induced in heart by myocardial stress. Activin A protects myocytes from death, and this activity is antagonized by Fstl3. Thus, the relative expression levels of these factors after injury is a determinant of cell survival in the heart.

  K Kondo , R Shibata , K Unno , M Shimano , M Ishii , T Kito , S Shintani , K Walsh , N Ouchi and T. Murohara
 

Background— Adiponectin plays a protective role in the development of obesity-linked disorders. We demonstrated that adiponectin exerts beneficial actions on acute ischemic injury in mice hearts. However, the effects of adiponectin treatment in large animals and its feasibility in clinical practice have not been investigated. This study investigated the effects of intracoronary administration of adiponectin on myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in pigs.

Methods and Results— The left anterior descending coronary artery was occluded in pigs for 45 minutes and then reperfused for 24 hours. Recombinant adiponectin protein was given as a bolus intracoronary injection during ischemia. Cardiac functional parameters were measured by a manometer-tipped catheter. Apoptosis was evaluated by terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling staining. Tumor necrosis factor- and interleukin-10 transcripts were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Serum levels of derivatives of reactive oxygen metabolites and biological antioxidant potential were measured. Adiponectin protein was determined by immunohistochemical and Western blot analyses. Intracoronary administration of adiponectin protein led to a reduction in myocardial infarct size and improvement of left ventricular function in pigs after I/R. Injected adiponectin protein accumulated in the I/R-injured heart. Adiponectin treatment resulted in decreased tumor necrosis factor- and increased interleukin-10 mRNA levels in the myocardium after I/R. Adiponectin-treated pigs had reduced apoptotic activity in the I/R-injured heart and showed increased biological antioxidant potential levels and decreased derivatives of reactive oxygen metabolite levels in the blood stream after I/R.

Conclusions— These data suggest that adiponectin protects against I/R injury in a preclinical pig model through its ability to suppress inflammation, apoptosis, and oxidative stress. Administration of intracoronary adiponectin could be a useful adjunctive therapy for acute myocardial infarction.

 
 
 
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