Different Growth Factor Activation in the Right and Left Ventricles in Experimental Volume Overload

Pietro Amedeo Modesti, Simone Vanni, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Ilaria Cecioni, Camilla Lumachi, Avio Maria Perna, Maria Boddi, Gian Franco Gensini

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Mechanical factors play a key role in activation of cardiac growth factor response in hemodynamic overload, and both cooperate in myocardial remodeling. The present study was performed to investigate whether a different growth factor response is activated in the right and left ventricles in aortocaval fistula and its effects on regional myocardial adaptation. Relations between regional growth factor expression (angiotensin II, insulin-like growth factor-I, and endothelin-1), myocyte shape changes, and collagen deposition were investigated at mRNA and peptide levels in adult pigs after the creation of an aortocaval fistula distal to the renal arteries (n=15) and in sham-operated animals (n=15). The role of angiotensin II was investigated by the administration of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin II receptor antagonist. In the left ventricle, pure volume overload was accompanied by persistent increase of insulin-like growth factor-I mRNA expression, peptide concentration (2.2-fold versus sham at 3 months, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004


  • Angiotensin II
  • Endothelin
  • Hemodynamics
  • Hypertrophy
  • Insulin growth factor
  • Ventricular function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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