Effects of genetic deletion of angiotensin-(1-7) receptor Mas on cardiac function during ischemia/reperfusion in the isolated perfused mouse heart


  • C.H. Castro
  • R.A. Santos
  • A.J. Ferreira
  • M. Bader
  • N. Alenina
  • A.P. Almeida


  • Life Sciences


  • Life Sci 80 (3): 264-268


  • In this study we investigated the role of Mas on cardiac function during ischemia/reperfusion in isolated perfused mouse heart. Following a stabilization period of 30 min, hearts from WT and Mas KO mice were subjected to global ischemia. After 20 min of ischemia, the flow was restarted and the hearts were reperfused for 30 min. An additional group of WT mice was perfused with solution containing the Ang-(1-7) receptor Mas antagonist A-779. Isolated heart of Mas KO and WT treated with A-779 presented an increase in the perfusion pressure in the baseline period. This difference increased with 5 min of reperfusion reaching similar values to baseline period at the end of the reperfusion. Isolated hearts of Mas KO and WT treated with A-779 also presented a decreased systolic tension, +/-dT/dt, and HR. Upon global ischemia WT hearts showed a significant decrease in systolic tension and an increase in diastolic tension. During reperfusion an increase in systolic and diastolic tension was observed in WT mice. Deletion or blockade of Mas markedly attenuated these changes in isolated hearts. These results indicate that Mas plays an important role in cardiac function during ischemia/reperfusion which is in keeping with the cardiac and coronary effects previously described for Ang-(1-7).