Bendavia restores mitochondrial energy metabolism gene expression and suppresses cardiac fibrosis in the border zone of the infarcted heart

Jianru Shi, Wangde Dai, Sharon L. Hale, David A. Brown, Miao Wang, Xianlin Han, Robert A. Kloner

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Aims We have observed that Bendavia, a mitochondrial-targeting peptide that binds the phospholipid cardiolipin and stabilizes the components of electron transport and ATP generation, improves cardiac function and prevents left ventricular remodeling in a 6 week rat myocardial infarction (MI) model. We hypothesized that Bendavia restores mitochondrial biogenesis and gene expression, suppresses cardiac fibrosis, and preserves sarco/endoplasmic reticulum (SERCA2a) level in the noninfarcted border zone of infarcted hearts. Main methods Starting 2 h after left coronary artery ligation, rats were randomized to receive Bendavia (3 mg/kg/day), water or sham operation. At 6 weeks, PCR array and qRT-PCR was performed to detect gene expression. Picrosirius red staining was used to analyze collagen deposition. Key findings There was decreased expression of 70 out of 84 genes related to mitochondrial energy metabolism in the border zone of untreated hearts. This down-regulation was largely reversed by Bendavia treatment. Downregulated mitochondrial biogenesis and glucose & fatty acid (FA) oxidation related genes were restored by administration of Bendavia. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP9) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP1) gene expression were significantly increased in the border zone of untreated hearts. Bendavia completely prevented up-regulation of MMP9, but maintained TIMP1 gene expression. Picrosirius red staining demonstrated that Bendavia suppressed collagen deposition within border zone. In addition, Bendavia showed a trend toward restoring SERCA2a expression. Significance Bendavia restored expression of mitochondrial energy metabolism related genes, prevented myocardial matrix remodeling and preserved SERCA2a expression in the noninfarcted border, which may have contributed to the preservation of cardiac structure and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number14509
Pages (from-to)170-178
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
StatePublished - Nov 15 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bendavia
  • Cardioprotection
  • Mitochondria
  • Myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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