Fenofibrate attenuates doxorubicin-induced cardiac dysfunction in mice via activating the eNOS/EPC pathway

Wen Pin Huang, Wei Hsian Yin, Jia Shiong Chen, Po Hsun Huang, Jaw Wen Chen, Shing Jong Lin

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Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) improve endothelial impairment, which in turn restores endothelial function in patients with heart failure (HF). In the present study, we tested whether fenofibrate, with its anti-inflammatory and vasoprotective effects, could improve myocardial function by activating EPCs through the eNOS pathway in a doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cardiomyopathy mouse model. Wild-type mice were divided into 4 groups and treated with vehicle, DOX + saline, DOX + fenofibrate, and DOX + fenofibrate + L-NAME (N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester). DOX-induced cardiac atrophy, myocardial dysfunction, the number of circulating EPCs and tissue inflammation were analyzed. Mice in the DOX + fenofibrate group had more circulating EPCs than those in the DOX + saline group (2% versus 0.5% of total events, respectively) after 4 weeks of treatment with fenofibrate. In addition, the inhibition of eNOS by L-NAME in vivo further abolished the fenofibrate-induced suppression of DOX-induced cardiotoxic effects. Protein assays revealed that, after DOX treatment, the differential expression of MMP-2 (matrix metalloproteinase-2), MMP-9 (matrix metalloproteinase-9), TNF-α (tumor necrosis factor-α), and NT-pro-BNP (N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide) between saline- and DOX-treated mice was involved in the progression of HF. Mechanistically, fenofibrate promotes Akt/eNOS and VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), which results in the activation of EPC pathways, thereby ameliorating DOX-induced cardiac toxicity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1159
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

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