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Inhibition of the Mitochondrial Fission Protein Dynamin-Related Protein 1 Improves Survival in a Murine Cardiac Arrest Model

Sharp, Willard W. MD, PhD1; Beiser, David G. MD1; Fang, Yong Hu MD1; Han, Mei MD1; Piao, Lin PhD1; Varughese, Justin BS1; Archer, Stephen L. MD2

doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000817
Online Laboratory Investigation

Objectives: Survival following sudden cardiac arrest is poor despite advances in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of therapeutic hypothermia. Dynamin-related protein 1, a regulator of mitochondrial fission, is an important determinant of reactive oxygen species generation, myocardial necrosis, and left ventricular function following ischemia/reperfusion injury, but its role in cardiac arrest is unknown. We hypothesized that dynamin-related protein 1 inhibition would improve survival, cardiac hemodynamics, and mitochondrial function in an in vivo model of cardiac arrest.

Design: Laboratory investigation.

Setting: University laboratory.

Interventions: Anesthetized and ventilated adult female C57BL/6 wild-type mice underwent an 8-minute KCl-induced cardiac arrest followed by 90 seconds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Mice were then blindly randomized to a single IV injection of Mdivi-1 (0.24 mg/kg), a small molecule dynamin-related protein 1 inhibitor or vehicle (dimethyl sulfoxide).

Measurements and Main Results: Following resuscitation from cardiac arrest, mitochondrial fission was evidenced by dynamin-related protein 1 translocation to the mitochondrial membrane and a decrease in mitochondrial size. Mitochondrial fission was associated with increased lactate and evidence of oxidative damage. Mdivi-1 administration during cardiopulmonary resuscitation inhibited dynamin-related protein 1 activation, preserved mitochondrial morphology, and decreased oxidative damage. Mdivi-1 also reduced the time to return of spontaneous circulation (116 ± 4 vs 143 ± 7 s; p < 0.001) during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and enhanced myocardial performance post–return of spontaneous circulation. These improvements were associated with significant increases in survival (65% vs 33%) and improved neurological scores up to 72 hours post cardiac arrest.

Conclusions: Post–cardiac arrest inhibition of dynamin-related protein 1 improves time to return of spontaneous circulation and myocardial hemodynamics, resulting in improved survival and neurological outcomes in a murine model of cardiac arrest. Pharmacological targeting of mitochondrial fission may be a promising therapy for cardiac arrest.

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1Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2Department of Medicine, Queen’s University at Kingston, ON, Canada.

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Dr. Sharp received support for article research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (K08 HL103901-01A1 and R03 HL110826-01A1). His institution received grant support from the NIH. Dr. Beiser received support for article research from the NIH (K08HL091184). His institution received grant support from the NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Piao’s institution received grant support from the NIH. Dr. Archer received support for article research from NIH-RO1-HL071115 and 1RC1HL099462. The remaining authors have disclosed that they do not have any potential conflicts of interest.

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