Abstract

Ginseng has been shown to be effective on cardiac dysfunction. Recent evidence has highlighted the mediation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) in cardiac function. Thus, we are interested to investigate the role of PPARδ in ginseng-induced modification of cardiac contractility. The isolated hearts in Langendorff apparatus and hemodynamic analysis in catheterized rats were applied to measure the actions of ginseng ex vivo and in vivo. In normal rats, ginseng enhanced cardiac contractility and hemodynamic d P / d t max significantly. Both actions were diminished by GSK0660 at a dose enough to block PPARδ. However, ginseng failed to modify heart rate at the same dose, although it did produce a mild increase in blood pressure. Data of intracellular calcium level and Western blotting analysis showed that both the PPARδ expression and troponin I phosphorylation were raised by ginseng in neonatal rat cardiomyocyte. Thus, we suggest that ginseng could enhance cardiac contractility through increased PPARδ expression in cardiac cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number723084
JournalBioMed Research International
Volume2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors
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Animals
Rats
Hemodynamics
Phosphorylation
Troponin I
Blood pressure
Cardiac Myocytes
Calcium
Heart Rate
Western Blotting
Blood Pressure

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Ginseng is useful to enhance cardiac contractility in animals. / Lin, Jia-Wei; Cherng, Yih-Giun; Chen, Li Jen; Niu, Ho Shan; Chang, Cheng-Kuei; Niu, Chiang Shan.

In: BioMed Research International, Vol. 2014, 723084, 2014.

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