Ventricular remodeling in a mouse model of myocardial infarction

Am J Physiol. 1998 May;274(5):H1812-20. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.1998.274.5.H1812.


We investigated the suitability of studying ventricular remodeling in a mouse model of myocardial infarction (MI). We performed left coronary ligation (n = 22) or a sham procedure (n = 21) on normal C57BL/6J mice. Six weeks later, animals underwent echocardiography and hemodynamic evaluation. Left ventricular (LV) volume at a common distending pressure was calculated from passive pressure-volume curves. The MI group exhibited lower systolic blood pressure (P < 0.05), higher LV end-diastolic pressure (P < 0.05), and lower peak first derivative of LV pressure (dP/dt, P < 0.05) than the sham group. Mice with moderate (< 40%, n = 11) and large (> or = 40%, n = 11) MIs displayed increased LV mass-to-body weight ratio (P < 0.02 and P < 0.01, respectively, vs. sham group), whereas only the large-MI group exhibited increased right ventricular mass-to-body weight ratio (P < 0.01). LV volumes were increased in the moderate-MI group (P = 0.059 vs. sham group) and to a much greater extent in the large-MI group (P < 0.0001 vs. sham group). The moderate- and large-MI groups also exhibited increases in LV end-diastolic diameter (P < 0.03 and P < 0.0001, respectively, vs. sham group) and LV end-systolic diameter (P < 0.01 and P < 0.0001, respectively, vs. sham group) with decreased fractional shortening (P < 0.01 for both). These data demonstrate ventricular remodeling in a mouse model of MI and confirm the feasibility of quantifying indexes of remodeling in vivo and postmortem. This model will be of particular usefulness when applied to transgenic strains.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Heart Ventricles / pathology*
  • Heart Ventricles / physiopathology*
  • Hemodynamics
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / pathology*
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Myocardial Infarction / pathology*
  • Myocardial Infarction / physiopathology*