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Substitution of Brown Norway chromosome 16 preserves cardiac function with aging in a salt-sensitive Dahl consomic rat. Physiol Genomics 2008 Dec 12;36(1):35-42



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Determination of the genetic factors that control the progression of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) to heart failure has been difficult despite extensive study in animal models. Here we have characterized a consomic rat model of LVH resulting from the introgression of chromosome 16 from the normotensive Brown Norway (BN) rat onto the genetic background of the Dahl salt-sensitive (SS/Mcwi) rat by marker assisted breeding. The SS-16BN/Mcwi consomic rats are normotensive but display LVH equivalent to the hypertensive SS/Mcwi rats at early ages. In this study we tracked the development of LVH by echocardiography and analyzed changes in cardiac function and morphology with aging in the SS-16BN/Mcwi, SS/Mcwi, and BN to determine if the consomic SS-16BN/Mcwi was a model of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Aging SS-16BN/Mcwi rats showed no evidence of heart failure or impaired cardiac function upon extensive analysis of left ventricle function by echocardiography and pressure-volume relationships, while their parental SS/Mcwi experienced deterioration in function between 18 and 36 wk of age. In addition aging SS-16BN/Mcwi did not exhibit tissue remodeling common to pathological hypertrophy and HCM such as increased fibrosis and reduced capillary density in the myocardium. In fact, SS-16BN/Mcwi were better protected from developing LV fibrosis with age than either the hypertensive SS/Mcwi or normotensive BN parental strains. This suggests that a gene or genes on chromosome 16 may be involved with both blood pressure regulation and preservation of cardiac function with aging.

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Kriegel AJ, Greene AS


Alison J. Kriegel PhD Associate Professor in the Physiology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Blood Pressure
Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
Disease Models, Animal
Rats, Inbred Dahl
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