Impaired pulmonary vasomotor control in exercising swine with multiple comorbidities

Jens van de Wouw, Jarno J. Steenhorst, Oana Sorop, Ruben W.A. van Drie, Piotr A. Wielopolski, Alex Kleinjan, Alexander Hirsch, Dirk J. Duncker, Daphne Merkus*

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Pulmonary hypertension is common in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Here, we tested the hypothesis that comorbidities [diabetes mellitus (DM, streptozotocin), hypercholesterolemia (HC, high-fat diet) and chronic kidney disease (CKD, renal microembolization)] directly impair pulmonary vasomotor control in a DM + HC + CKD swine model. 6 months after induction of DM + HC + CKD, pulmonary arterial pressure was similar in chronically instrumented female DM + HC + CKD (n = 19) and Healthy swine (n = 18). However, cardiac output was lower both at rest and during exercise, implying an elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) in DM + HC + CKD swine (153 ± 10 vs. 122 ± 9 mmHg∙L−1∙min∙kg). Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibition and endothelin receptor antagonism decreased PVR in DM + HC + CKD (− 12 ± 12 and − 22 ± 7 mmHg∙L−1∙min∙kg) but not in Healthy swine (− 1 ± 12 and 2 ± 14 mmHg∙L−1∙min∙kg), indicating increased vasoconstrictor influences of phosphodiesterase 5 and endothelin. Inhibition of nitric oxide synthase produced pulmonary vasoconstriction that was similar in Healthy and DM + HC + CKD swine, but unmasked a pulmonary vasodilator effect of endothelin receptor antagonism in Healthy (− 56 ± 26 mmHg∙L−1∙min∙kg), whereas it failed to significantly decrease PVR in DM + HC + CKD, indicating loss of nitric oxide mediated inhibition of endothelin in DM + HC + CKD. Scavenging of reactive oxygen species (ROS) had no effect on PVR in either Healthy or DM + HC + CKD swine. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, under anesthesia, showed no right ventricular changes. Finally, despite an increased contribution of endogenous nitric oxide to vasomotor tone regulation in the systemic vasculature, systemic vascular resistance at rest was higher in DM + HC + CKD compared to Healthy swine (824 ± 41 vs. 698 ± 35 mmHg∙L−1∙min∙kg). ROS scavenging induced systemic vasodilation in DM + HC + CKD, but not Healthy swine. In conclusion, common comorbidities directly alter pulmonary vascular control, by enhanced PDE5 and endothelin-mediated vasoconstrictor influences, well before overt left ventricular backward failure or pulmonary hypertension develop.

Original languageEnglish
Article number51
JournalBasic Research in Cardiology
Issue number1
Early online date12 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the European Commission FP7-Health-2010 Grant MEDIA-261409, the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK; 81Z0600207 to DM), The Netherlands CardioVascular Research Initiative: an initiative with support of the Dutch Heart Foundation [CVON2012-08 (PHAEDRA), CVON2014-11 (RECONNECT)] and the Erasmus MC.

Funding Information:
The authors thank Annemarie Verzijl, Esther van der Kamp, Ilona Krabbendam, Lau Blonden, Richard van Duin, Marjoke Koster and Fanny Leandre (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) for their expert technical support.

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