Functional consequences of acute collagen degradation studied in crystalloid perfused rat hearts

K. Todaka, T. Jiang, J. T. Chapman, A. Gu, S. M. Zhu, E. Herzog, J. S. Hochman, S. F. Steinberg, D. Burkhoff

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Objectives: The impact of acute collagen disruption by the disulfide donor, 5,5'-dithio-2-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB) on ventricular properties was tested in rat hearts. Methods: Collagen was degraded acutely in 13 isolated, isovolumically contracting rat hearts by perfusion with 1 mM DTNB added to Krebs Henseleit solution for 1 hour followed by 2-hour perfusion with normal solution. Another 13 hearts were perfused with normal solution for 3 hours (Control). Results: Collagen content was 3.5 ± 0.5% of ventricular dry weight in control group compared with 2.1 ± 0.4% in DTNB group (decrease by 40%, p < 0.01). Scanning electron micrographs revealed loss of the delicate collagen network surrounding muscle fibers in DTNB treated hearts. Developed pressure at a fixed volume decreased to 86 ± 17% of the baseline value after 3-hour perfusion in the control group, whereas in DTNB treated hearts developed pressure fell to 68 ± 13% (p < 0.01). End-diastolic pressure was set at 5 mmHg at the beginning of the experiment and rose to 15 ± 8 mmHg in control and 30 ± 13 mmHg (p < 0.01) in the treated hearts. Concomitantly, wet-to-dry weight ratio increased from 5.63 ± 0.26 in control to 6.07 ± 0.11 (p < 0.05) in the DTNB treated hearts. A separate set of experiments on isolated myocytes excluded the possibility of a direct effect of DTNB on myocyte contractile function. Conclusions: These data suggested that with 40% collagen disruption by DTNB there is a significant increase in tissue edema that results in a decrease in chamber capacitance; in addition, there is a significant decrease in systolic performance which reflects the combined effect of edema and loss of collagen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalBasic Research in Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Collagen
  • Developed pressure
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Pressure
  • Rat
  • Volume relationships


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