Ablation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 increases severity of viral myocarditis in mice.

TitleAblation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 increases severity of viral myocarditis in mice.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsCheung, C, Marchant, D, Walker, EK-Y, Luo, Z, Zhang, J, Yanagawa, B, Rahmani, M, Cox, J, Overall, C, Senior, RM, Luo, H, McManus, BM
Date Published2008 Mar 25
KeywordsAnimals, Enterovirus B, Human, Enterovirus Infections, Matrix Metalloproteinase 8, Matrix Metalloproteinase 9, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Myocarditis, Virus Replication

BACKGROUND: Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) causes human myocarditis, which can result in cardiac damage, maladaptive remodeling, and heart failure. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-8 and -9 have been identified in virus-infected myocardium, but their particular roles and underlying mechanisms of effect are unknown. For the first time, we examine the severity of CVB3-induced myocarditis in MMP-8-and MMP-9-deficient mice.

METHODS AND RESULTS: CVB3-infected MMP-8 and MMP-9 knockout (KO) mice and corresponding wild-type (WT) mice were euthanized and harvested at 9 days after infection. Expression of MMP-2, -8, -12, and -13 and tissue inhibitors of MMPs was assessed by zymography or immunoblotting on harvested hearts, and in situ hybridization was performed to detect active infection. Infected MMP-9 KO mice had greater myocardial injury and foci of infection than WT mice despite similar pancreatic infection. Increased fibrosis (10.6+/-2.7% versus 7.1+/-2.6%, P=0.04), viral titer, as well as decreased cardiac output, were evident in MMP-9 KO compared with WT mice as assessed by picrosirius red staining, plaque assay, and echocardiography, respectively. Immune infiltration was also greatly increased in MMP-9 KO compared with WT mice (15.2+/-12.6% versus 2.0+/-3.0%, P<0.002). Myocardial interferon-beta1, interferon-gamma, interleukin-6, interleukin-10, and macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha expression was elevated in MMP-9 KO mice as measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and ELISA. In contrast, MMP-8 KO mice had the same degree of cardiac injury, fibrosis, and viral infection as their WT counterparts.

CONCLUSIONS: During acute CVB3 infection, MMP-9 appears necessary to halt virus propagation in the heart, promote proper immune infiltration and remodeling, and preserve cardiac output.

Alternate JournalCirculation
PubMed ID18332263