Effect of valsartan on cardiac senescence and apoptosis in a rat model of cardiotoxicity

Hussein F. Sakr*, Amr M. Abbas, Ayman Z. Elsamanoudy

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The clinical application of doxorubicin is limited by its cardiotoxicity. The present study investigated the effect of valsartan on doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in rats. Rats were divided into 6 groups: control, control + valsartan (10 mg/kg, for 14 days, orally), doxorubicin-treated (2.5 mg/kg, 3 times/week for 2 weeks, intraperitoneally), valsartan then doxorubicin, valsartan + doxorubicin, and doxorubicin then valsartan. ECG, isolated heart, lipid peroxidation (thiobaribituric acid reactive substances (TBARS)), total antioxidant capacity (TAC), and Bax, Bcl-2, and senescence marker protein 30 (SMP30) gene expression were measured in cardiac tissue. Blood samples were collected to measure lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase MB (CK-MB). Doxorubicin significantly increased LDH, CK-MB, TBARS, heart rate (HR), Bax gene expression, and −dP/dtmax and decreased TAC, Bcl-2 and SMP30 gene expression, left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP), and +dP/dtmax. Also, doxorubicin lengthened ST, QT, and QTc intervals. Concurrent or post- but not pre-treatment of doxorubicin-treated rats with valsartan reduced LDH, CK-MB, TBARS, HR, Bax gene expression, −dP/dtmax, and ST, QT, and QTc intervals and increased TAC, Bcl-2 and SMP30 gene expression, LVDP, and +dP/dtmax. Therefore, we conclude that concurrent or post- but not pre-treatment of doxorubicin-induced rats with valsartan attenuated doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity through inhibiting oxidative stress, apoptosis, and senescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-598
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Doxorubicin
  • Oxidative stress
  • Senescence
  • Valsartan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology


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