Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology

Long-Term Administration of Neuropeptide Y in the Subcutaneous Infusion Results in Cardiac Dysfunction and Hypertrophy in Rats.

PMID 26303143


The purpose of the present study was to clarify whether chronically elevated plasma neuropeptide Y (NPY) might affect heart function and cardiac remodeling in rats. Male Wistar rats were administered NPY (85 μg for 30 days) by mini-osmotic pump subcutaneously implanted between the scapulae. Associated indices for heart function, cardiac remodeling and hypertrophy were evaluated. Compared to the sham group, the baseline systolic blood pressure (SBP) in rats administered NPY was significantly increased; cardiac function was significantly decreased, as indicated by reduced ejection fraction (EF), left ventricular end-systolic pressure (LVESP), maximum change velocity of left ventricular pressure in the isovolumic contraction or relaxation period (± dp/dtmax) and increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP); hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) staining detection displayed enlarged cell areas and a consistent increase in heart-to-body weight ratios (HW/BW) was observed; quantitative real time PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blot analysis showed markedly increased expressions of β-myosin heavy chain (β-MHC), calcineurin (CaN) and phosphorylated p38 proteins, while no changes were found in the expressions of p38 total protein and the phosphorylations of JNK and ERK. This study reported for the first time that long-term elevated plasma concentration of NPY could induce cardiac dysfunction and cardiac hypertrophy and this phenomenon could, in part, be mediated by the Ca2+/CaM-dependent CaN pathway and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signal pathway in rats.