While heart rate reduction (HRR) is a target for the management of patients with heart disease; contradictory results were reported using ivabradine, which selectively inhibits the pacemaker If current, vs. β-blockers like metoprolol. This study aimed at testing whether similar HRR with ivabradine vs. metoprolol differentially modulates cardiac energy substrate metabolism, a factor determinant for cardiac function, in a mouse model of dyslipidemia (hApoB+/+;LDLR-/-). Following a longitudinal study design, we used 3- and 6-month-old mice, untreated or treated for 3 months with ivabradine or metoprolol. Cardiac function was evaluated in vivo, and ex vivo in working hearts perfused with 13C-labeled substrates to assess substrate fluxes through energy metabolic pathways. Compared to 3-month-old, 6-month-old dyslipidemic mice had similar cardiac hemodynamics in vivo, but impaired (P<0.001) contractile function (aortic flow:-45%; cardiac output:-34%; stroke volume:-35%) and glycolysis (-24%) ex vivo. Despite inducing a similar 10% HRR, ivabradine-treated hearts displayed significantly higher stroke volume values and glycolysis vs. their metoprolol-treated counterparts ex vivo, values for the ivabradine group being often not significantly different from 3-month-old mice. Further analyses highlighted additional significant cardiac alterations with disease progression, namely in the total tissue level of proteins modified by O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc), whose formation is governed by glucose metabolism via the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway, which showed a similar pattern with ivabradine and metoprolol treatment. Collectively, our results emphasize the implication of alterations in cardiac glucose metabolism and signaling linked to disease progression in our mouse model. Despite similar HRR, ivabradine, but not metoprolol, preserved cardiac function and glucose metabolism during disease progression.
- cardiac metabolism
- protein O-GlcNAcylation
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