Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibition-induced coronary vasodilation is reduced after myocardial infarction

Daphne Merkus, M (Marjolein) Visser, Birgit Houweling, Zhichao Zhou, J Nelson, Dirk-jan Duncker

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The balance between the production and removal of cGMP in coronary vascular smooth muscle is of critical importance in determining coronary vasomotor tone and thus in the regulation of coronary blood flow. cGMP production by soluble guanylyl cyclase is activated by nitric oxide (NO), whereas cGMP breakdown occurs through phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5). We hypothesized that myocardial infarction (MI) alters the balance between the production and removal of cGMP in the coronary vasculature and thereby alters the control of coronary vasomotor tone. Chronically instrumented swine with and without a 2-wk-old MI were exercised on a treadmill in the absence and presence of the PDE5 inhibitor EMD-360527 (300 mu iv). Inhibition of PDE5 produced coronary resistance vessel dilation, which was more pronounced at rest than during exercise in normal swine. PDE5 gene expression was markedly reduced in coronary resistance vessels isolated from the remote myocardium of MI swine, which was accompanied by a similarly marked attenuation of coronary vasodilation by PDE5 inhibition in MI swine. The coronary vasoconstriction produced by inhibition of NO synthesis with N-omega-nitro-L-arginine (20 mg/kg iv) was only slightly smaller in swine with MI. Interestingly, inhibition of NO synthesis reduced the vasodilator response to subsequent PDE5 inhibition in normal swine but not in MI swine. Conversely, PDE5 inhibition enhanced the coronary vasoconstriction produced by NO synthesis inhibition in normal swine but not in MI swine, suggesting that downregulation of PDE5 mitigated the loss of NO vasodilator influence. In conclusion, the expression and vasoconstrictor influence of PDE5 are markedly attenuated in coronary resistance vessels in the remote myocardium after MI, which appears to serve as a compensatory mechanism to mitigate the loss of NO vasodilator influence.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)H1370-H1381
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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