Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology

, Volume 454, Issue 3, pp 385–393

Tamoxifen treatment of myocardial infarcted female rats exacerbates scar formation


  • Pedro Geraldes
    • Research CentreMontreal Heart Institute
    • Department of MedicineUniversité de Montréal
  • Hugues Gosselin
    • Research CentreMontreal Heart Institute
  • Jean-François Tanguay
    • Research CentreMontreal Heart Institute
    • Department of MedicineUniversité de Montréal
  • Robert Clément
    • Research CentreMontreal Heart Institute
    • Research CentreMontreal Heart Institute
    • Departement de PhysiologieUniversité de Montréal
Cardiovascular System

DOI: 10.1007/s00424-007-0215-5

Cite this article as:
Geraldes, P., Gosselin, H., Tanguay, J. et al. Pflugers Arch - Eur J Physiol (2007) 454: 385. doi:10.1007/s00424-007-0215-5


Hormonal replacement therapy in postmenopausal women was associated with an increased incidence of nonfatal myocardial infarction. Selective estrogen receptor modulators were considered an alternative pharmacological approach. However, selective estrogen receptor modulators acting via estrogen receptor-dependent and receptor-independent mechanisms may negatively influence cardiac remodeling. The present study tested the hypothesis that tamoxifen (TAM) treatment after coronary artery ligation compromised scar formation. TAM administration (10 mg kg−1 day−1 for 3 weeks) to postmyocardial infarcted (MI) female adult rats significantly increased scar surface area (TAM+MI = 0.67 ± 0.08 vs MI = 0.45 ± 0.06 cm2) and weight (TAM+MI = 0.071 ± 0.007 vs MI = 0.050 ± 0.006 grams). In the infarct region, a significant decrease (p < 0.05) of small calibre vessels (lumen diameter <50 μm) was observed in TAM treated post-MI rats (4.5 ± 0.8 vessels/mm2), as compared to untreated MI rats (7 ± 0.7 vessels/mm2). Consistent with the latter finding, 4-OH TAM caused a dose-dependent suppression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-stimulated (10−9 mol/l) capillarity-like tubule formation by rat aortic endothelial cells in vitro via an estrogen receptor-independent mechanism. These data have demonstrated that TAM treatment of post-MI female rats exacerbated scar formation and may have occurred at least in part via the attenuation of new vessel formation in the infarct region.


HeartIschemiaVesselsReparative fibrosis

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