Vascular Histomolecular Analysis by Sequential Endoarterial Biopsy in a Shunt Model of Pulmonary Hypertension


The molecular mechanisms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remain ill-defined. The aims of this study were to obtain sequential endoarterial biopsy samples in a surgical porcine model of PAH and assess changes in histology and mRNA expression during the disease progression. Differentially expressed genes were then analyzed as potential pharmacological targets. Four Yucatan micro-pigs underwent surgical anastomosis of the left pulmonary artery to the descending aorta. Endovascular samples were obtained with a biopsy catheter at baseline (before surgery) and from the left lung 7, 60, and 180 days after surgery. RNA was isolated from biopsy samples, amplified and analyzed. Dysregulated genes were linked to drugs with potential to treat or prevent PAH. With the development of PAH in our model, we identified changes in histology and in the expression of several genes with known or investigational inhibitors and several novel genes for PAH. Gene dysregulation displayed time-related variations during disease progression. Endoarterial biopsy provides a new method of assessing pulmonary vascular histology and gene expression in PAH. This analysis could identify novel applications for existing and new PAH drugs. The detection of stage- and disease-specific variation in gene expression could lead to individualized therapies.

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Abraham Rothman, Stephanie Davidson, Robert G. Wiencek, William N. Evans, Humberto Restrepo, Valeri Sarukhanov, Erkki Ruoslahti, Roy Williams, David Mann

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Pulmonary Circulation Vol 3: No 1 cover image

March 2013

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 3: No 1

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