Early remodeling of rat cardiac muscle induced by swimming training

Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. 2006;39(5):621-627


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Journal Title: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research

ISSN: 0100-879X (Print); 1414-431X (Online)

Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Divulgação Científica

Society/Institution: Associação Brasileira de Divulgação Científica

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Medicine (General) | Science: Biology (General)

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English

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Verzola R.M.M.
Mesquita R.A.
Peviani S.
Ramos O.H.P.
Moriscot A.S.
Perez S.E.A.
Selistre-de-Araújo H.S.


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Abstract | Full Text

The aim of the present investigation was to study the effect of acute swimming training with an anaerobic component on matrix metallopeptidase (MMP) activity and myosin heavy chain gene expression in the rat myocardium. Animals (male Wistar rats, weighing approximately 180 g) were trained for 6 h/day in 3 sessions of 2 h each for 1 to 5 consecutive days (N = 5 rats per group). Rats swam in basins 47 cm in diameter and 60 cm deep filled with water at 33 to 35ºC. After the training period a significant increase (P < 0.05) was observed in the heart weight normalized to body weight by about 22 and 35% in the groups that trained for 96 and 120 h, respectively. Blood lactate levels were significantly increased (P < 0.05) in all groups after all training sessions, confirming an anaerobic component. However, lactate levels decreased (P < 0.05) with days of training, suggesting that the animals became adapted to this protocol. Myosin heavy chain-ß gene expression, analyzed by real time PCR and normalized with GAPDH gene expression, showed a significant two-fold increase (P < 0.01) after 5 days of training. Zymography analysis of myocardium extracts indicated a single ~60-kDa activity band that was significantly increased (P < 0.05) after 72, 96, and 120 h, indicating an increased expression of MMP-2 and suggesting precocious remodeling. Furthermore, the presence of MMP-2 was confirmed by Western blot analysis, but not the presence of MMP-1 and MMP-3. Taken together, our results indicate that in these training conditions, the rat heart undergoes early biochemical and functional changes required for the adaptation to the new physiological condition by tissue remodeling.