Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) often activates the sympathetic system and inhibits the vagal system. Long-term vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) exerts several beneficial effects on the ischaemic heart, including an anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether short-term VNS during AMI could inhibit tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α expression and the effect of TNF receptor (TNFR), key components in inflammatory responses to AMI, in a rodent model. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups, namely a control (C), VNS (S), AMI (M) and an AMI group subjected to prior VNS (MS). In the S and MS groups, the right vagus nerve was stimulated electrically for 4h; in the M and MS groups, AMI was induced by occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Haemodynamic data were monitored continuously using a multichannel physiological recorder. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage, creatine kinase (CK) leakage and infarct size were determined. The expression of TNF-α and its receptors were analysed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, western blotting and ELISA. Compared with the control group, rats in the M group had low blood pressure, high left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic pressure, a depressed maximum dP/dt of LV pressure, higher LDH and CK leakage, a larger infarct size, increased TNF-α levels and an increased TNFR1/TNFR2 ratio. However, these presumably harmful effects of AMI were all significantly ameliorated by VNS during AMI (MS group). In conclusion, VNS can rectify ischaemia-induced cardiac dysfunction partly via inhibition of a TNF-α-mediated signalling pathway.
|頁（從 - 到）||300-306|
|期刊||Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology|
|出版狀態||Published - 5月 2011|