Pulmonary hemodynamics modify the rat pulmonary artery response to injury. A neointimal model of pulmonary hypertension

Am J Pathol. 1997 Oct;151(4):1019-25.


Hemodynamic factors have profound influences on blood vessels. To test the hypothesis that hemodynamic conditions modify the pattern of remodeling in response to injury, monocrotaline (MCT) injury in Sprague-Dawley rats was followed 1 week later by left pneumonectomy to increase blood flow to the right lung. Right pulmonary artery remodeling in these MCT plus pneumonectomy animals was compared with animals receiving MCT or pneumonectomy alone. Neointimal changes developed in more than 90% of all right lung intra-acinar vessels 5 weeks after MCT injury (4 weeks after pneumonectomy). Neointimal lesions did not develop in untreated animals or in animals receiving MCT or pneumonectomy only. Animals with a neointimal pattern of remodeling developed severe right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) whereas animals with a medial hypertrophy pattern of remodeling (MCT only) developed moderate RVH compared with control animals. Neointimal lesions and RVH were similar whether injury preceded pneumonectomy or vice versa. To exclude the possibility that neointimal lesions resulted from injury plus post-pneumonectomy compensatory lung growth, rather than injury plus increased flow, a left subclavian-pulmonary artery anastomosis was substituted for pneumonectomy. Neointimal lesions and severe RVH developed in these animals but were not seen in animals receiving either MCT or anastomosis only. These studies demonstrate an important role for hemodynamics in determining the pattern of pulmonary vascular remodeling after injury.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Hemodynamics / physiology*
  • Hyperplasia
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / chemically induced
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / pathology
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / physiopathology*
  • Hypertrophy, Right Ventricular / pathology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lung / blood supply*
  • Lung / pathology
  • Lung / surgery
  • Male
  • Monocrotaline
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Pulmonary Artery / pathology
  • Pulmonary Artery / physiopathology*
  • Pulmonary Circulation / physiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Specific Pathogen-Free Organisms
  • Tunica Intima / metabolism
  • Tunica Intima / pathology
  • Tunica Intima / physiopathology*


  • Actins
  • Monocrotaline