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Aldosterone and not plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 is a critical mediator of early angiotensin II/NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester-induced myocardial injury

Eveline M Oestreicher, Diego Martinez-Vasquez, James R Stone, Larus Jonasson, Weranuj Roubsanthisuk, Koji Mukasa, Gail K Adler
Circulation 2003 November 18, 108 (20): 2517-23
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BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II) increases levels of aldosterone and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1). Both aldosterone and PAI-1 seem to promote cardiovascular (CV) injury. Our objective was to determine the roles of PAI-1 and aldosterone in the development of myocardial and renal damage in a model with high Ang II and low nitric oxide (NO) availability, a pattern seen in patients with heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and arteriosclerosis.

METHODS AND RESULTS: Mice on a moderately high sodium diet were treated with the NO synthase inhibitor NG-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) for 14 days plus Ang II during days 8 through 14. The roles of aldosterone and PAI-1 in the development of CV injury were assessed using the mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist spironolactone (0, 1.5, 15, and 50 mg x 100 g(-1) x day(-1)) and PAI-1-deficient mice (PAI-1-/-). Ang II/L-NAME-treated mice showed glomerular ischemia, proteinuria, and necrosis of myocytes and vascular smooth muscle cells with an associated mixed inflammatory response, deposition of loose collagen, and neovascularization. Compared with saline-drinking mice, Ang II/L-NAME-treated mice had significantly increased heart to body weight (HW/BW) ratios, cardiac and renal damage assessed by histological examination, PAI-1 immunoreactivity, and proteinuria. Spironolactone treatment decreased PAI-1 immunoreactivity and reduced in a dose-dependent fashion cardiac and renal damage. PAI-1-/- animals had a similar degree of CV injury as PAI-1+/+ animals.

CONCLUSIONS: Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonism, but not PAI-1 deficiency, protected mice from developing Ang II/L-NAME-mediated myocardial and vascular injury and proteinuria, suggesting that aldosterone, but not PAI-1, plays a key role in the development of early Ang II/L-NAME-induced cardiovascular injury.

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