Early development of calcific aortic valve disease and left ventricular hypertrophy in a mouse model of combined dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes mellitus

Khai Le Quang, Rihab Bouchareb, Dominic Lachance, Marc-André Laplante, Diala El Husseini, Marie-Chloé Boulanger, Dominique Fournier, Xiang Ping Fang, Rita Kohen Avramoglu, Philippe Pibarot, Yves Deshaies, Gary Sweeney, Patrick Mathieu, André Marette
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 2014, 34 (10): 2283-91

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the potential impact of type 2 diabetes mellitus on left ventricular dysfunction and the development of calcified aortic valve disease using a dyslipidemic mouse model prone to developing type 2 diabetes mellitus.

APPROACH AND RESULTS: When compared with nondiabetic LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100), diabetic LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100)/IGF-II mice exhibited similar dyslipidemia and obesity but developed type 2 diabetes mellitus when fed a high-fat/sucrose/cholesterol diet for 6 months. LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100)/IGF-II mice showed left ventricular hypertrophy versus C57BL6 but not LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100) mice. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed significant reductions in both left ventricular systolic fractional shortening and diastolic function in high-fat/sucrose/cholesterol fed LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100)/IGF-II mice when compared with LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100). Importantly, we found that peak aortic jet velocity was significantly increased in LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100)/IGF-II mice versus LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100) animals on the high-fat/sucrose/cholesterol diet. Microtomography scans and Alizarin red staining indicated calcification in the aortic valves, whereas electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy further revealed mineralization of the aortic leaflets and the presence of inflammatory infiltrates in diabetic mice. Studies showed upregulation of hypertrophic genes (anp, bnp, b-mhc) in myocardial tissues and of osteogenic genes (spp1, bglap, runx2) in aortic tissues of diabetic mice.

CONCLUSIONS: We have established the diabetes mellitus -prone LDLr(-/-)/ApoB(100/100)/IGF-II mouse as a new model of calcified aortic valve disease. Our results are consistent with the growing body of clinical evidence that the dysmetabolic state of type 2 diabetes mellitus contributes to early mineralization of the aortic valve and calcified aortic valve disease pathogenesis.

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