Prevention of βeta-adrenergic–induced Adverse Cardiac Remodeling by Gonadectomy in Male but Not Female Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

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Chronic β-adrenergic stimulation induces left ventricular (LV) remodeling in male but not in female spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). However, the role of sex steroids in mediating these effects has not been determined. The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of gonadectomy on isoproterenol (ISO)-induced LV remodeling in SHR. Gonadectomy was performed on 9-month-old male and female SHR. LV remodeling was induced by daily ISO injection (0.04 mg/kg) for 6 months. LV dimensions and functions were determined in vivo by echocardiography and ex vivo using isolated perfused heart preparations. In males, ISO increased LV end diastolic (LVED) diameter in sham-operated (in millimeter, ISO: 8.12 ± 0.26 vs. Con: 6.67 ± 0.20, P = 0.0002) but not in castrated SHR (ISO: 6.97 ± 0.31 vs. Con: 6.53 ± 0.15, P = 0.66). Similarly, ISO increased the volume intercept of the LVED pressure–volume relationship in sham-operated (in milliliters, ISO: 0.26 ± 0.02 vs. Con: 0.19 ± 0.01, P = 0.01) but not in castrated SHR (ISO: 0.17 ± 0.02 vs. Con: 0.17 ± 0.01, P = 0.99). In females, ISO only increased LVED diameter (ISO: 6.43 ± 0.13 vs. Con: 6.07 ± 0.09, P = 0.027). However, ovariectomy did not modify any LV dimensions measured in vivo and ex vivo. In conclusion, testosterone may be responsible for the chronic β-adrenergic–induced LV dilation and eccentric remodeling observed in male but not female SHR.

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