Antibody to granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor reduces the number of activated tissue macrophages and improves left ventricular function after myocardial infarction in a rat coronary artery ligation model.J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2011 May; 57(5):568-74.JC
Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) promotes infarct expansion and inappropriate collagen synthesis in a myocardial infarction (MI). This study was designed to determine if treatment with anti-GM-CSF will inhibit macrophage migration, preserve function, and limit left ventricular (LV) remodeling in the rat coronary artery ligation model. Treatment with a monoclonal antibody to GM-CSF (5 mg/kg) was initiated 24 hours before coronary artery ligation and continued every 3 days for 3 weeks. Left coronary arteries of rats were ligated, animals were recovered, and cardiac function was evaluated 3 weeks postligation. Tissue samples were processed for histochemistry. Anti-GM-CSF treatment increased LV ejection fraction (37 ± 3% vs 47 ± 5%) and decreased LV end systolic diameter (0.75 ± 0.12 vs 0.59 ± 0.05 cm) with no changes in LV systolic pressure (109 ± 4 vs 104 ± 5 mm Hg), LV end diastolic pressure (22 ± 4 vs 21 ± 2 mm Hg), LV end diastolic diameter (0.96 ± 0.04 vs 0.92 ± 0.05 cm), or the time constant of LV relaxation tau (25.4 ± +2.4 vs 22.7 ± 1.4 milliseconds) (P < 0.05). Significantly lower numbers of tissue macrophages and significant reductions in infarct size were found in the myocardium of antibody-treated animals (81 ± 21.24 vs 195 ± 31.7 positive cells per 0.105 mm, compared with controls. These findings suggest that inhibition of macrophage migration may be beneficial in the treatment of heart failure after MI.