, Volume 102, Issue 4, pp 350-358

SCH 79797, a selective PAR1 antagonist, limits myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury in rat hearts

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Myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is partly mediated by thrombin. In support, the functional inhibition of thrombin has been shown to decrease infarct size after I/R. Several cellular responses to thrombin are mediated by a G-protein coupled protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1).However, the role of PAR1 in myocardial I/R injury has not been well characterized. Therefore, we hypothesized that PAR1 inhibition will reduce the amount of myocardial I/R injury. After we detected the presence of PAR1 mRNA and protein in the rat heart by RT-PCR and immunoblot analysis,we assessed the potential protective role of SCH 79797, a selective PAR1 antagonist, in two rat models of myocardial I/R injury. SCH 79797 treatment immediately before or during ischemia reduced myocardial necrosis following I/R in the intact rat heart. This response was dose-dependent with the optimal dose being 25 μg/kg IV. Likewise, SCH 79797 treatment before ischemia in the isolated heart model reduced infarct size and increased ventricular recovery following I/R in the isolated heart model with an optimal concentration of 1 μM. This reduction was abolished by a PAR1 selective agonist. SCH 79797-induced resistance to myocardial ischemia was abolished by wortmannin, an inhibitor of PI3 kinase; L-NMA, a NOS inhibitor; and glibenclamide, a nonselective KATP channel blocker. PAR1 activating peptide,wortmannin, L-NMA and glibenclamide alone had no effect on functional recovery or infarct size. A single treatment of SCH 79797 administered prior to or during ischemia confers immediate cardioprotection suggesting a potential therapeutic role of PAR1 antagonist in the treatment of injury resulting from myocardial ischemia and reperfusion.

The studies described were supported in part by NIH grants HL54075 (JEB) and HL0831 (GJG). JLS is supported by an NIH training grant (HL07792) awarded to the Medical College of Wisconsin.