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Ginsenoside-Rb1 and Tetramethylpyrazine Phosphate Act Synergistically to Prevent Dilated Cardiomyopathy in cTnTR141W Transgenic Mice

Lu, Dan PhD*; Shao, Hai-Tao MD*; Ge, Wen-Ping BSc*; Liu, Ning BSc*; Zhang, Xu BSc*; Ma, Chun-Mei BSc; Qin, Chuan PhD; Zhang, Lian-Feng PhD*

Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology: May 2012 - Volume 59 - Issue 5 - p 426–433
doi: 10.1097/FJC.0b013e318249509e
Original Article

Abstract: Ginsenoside-Rb1 (Rb1) is known to be partially associated with the inhibition of heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor (HB-EGF). Tetramethylpyrazine phosphate (TMPP) inhibits the activation of the calcium/calmodulin/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (Ca2+/CaM/CaMKII) pathway. The α-myosin heavy chain cTnTR141W transgenic mouse was previously reported as a model for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and it was used to test the effects of combinations of Rb1 and TMPP in reversing the progression of DCM and the potential mechanism. Survival, echocardiography, histologic features assessed the effectiveness of Rb1 and TMPP treatments. Western blot and reverse transcription polymerase chain reactions were used to determine expression levels of certain genes. This study clearly demonstrated that treatment with a combination of Rb1 and TMPP could inhibit the expression of HB-EGF, calmodulin1 (Calm1), and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II beta (Camk2b). Rb1 alone mainly reduced the expression of HB-EGF, and TMPP alone mainly reduced the expression of Calm1 and Camk2b. Treatment with Rb1 and TMPP had synergistic effects on the amelioration of chamber dilation, contractile dysfunction, interstitial fibrosis, and ultrastructural degeneration in cTnTR141W mice when compared with the results of treatment with Rb1 or TMPP alone, and those were probably due to the inhibition of both HB-EGF and the Ca2+/CaM/CaMKII pathway.

*Key Laboratory of Human Disease Comparative Medicine, Ministry of Health

Key Laboratory of Human Diseases Animal Model, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Institute of Laboratory Animal Science, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Comparative Medical Center, Peking Union Medical College, China.

Reprints: Lian-Feng Zhang, PhD, Building 5, Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100021, P R China (e-mail:

The authors have declared that no conflict of interest exists.

Received September 6, 2011

Accepted December 28, 2011

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.