Negative inotropic effect of basic fibroblast growth factor on adult rat cardiac myocyte

Yuji Ishibashi, Yoshitoshi Urabe, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Shintaro Kinugawa, Masaru Sugimachi, Masaru Takahashi, Shimako Yamamoto, Hirofumi Tagawa, Kenji Sunagawa, Akira Takeshita

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Background: Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) is highly expressed in the myocardium in some cardiac disorders, such as ischemia-reperfusion and cardiac allograft rejection. However whether bFGF has any effects on myocardial contract on is unknown. Methods arm Results: We examined the effects of bFGF on myocardial contractility using isolated adult rat cardiac myocyte preparations. bFGF exerted a direct negative inotropic effect that was concentration and time dependent. The pretreatment of myocytes with a neutralizing anti-bFGF antibody (100 ng/mL) abolished the negative inotropic effects of bFGF (100 ng/mL). Platelet-derived growth factor (12.5 ng/mL) and transforming growth factor-β (1 ng/mL) did not exert such effects, which indicated that bFGF-induced negative inotropism was considered to be specific for this growth factor. bFGF decreased the peak intracellular Ca2+ transient by 46% during systole. The enhanced production of nitric oxide was unlikely to be responsible for the bFGF-induced negative inotropic effect. Conclusions: bFGF, primarily a potent growth promoter, produced acute negative inotropic effects in the adult cardiac myocyte that could have resulted from alterations in intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. The negative inotropic effect of bFGF may contribute to myocardial dysfunction associated with ischemia-reperfusion injury and heart transplant rejection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2501-2504
Number of pages4
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 21 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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