Adora2b signaling on bone marrow derived cells dampens myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury

Michael Koeppen, Patrick N. Harter, Stephanie Bonney, Megan Bonney, Susan Reithel, Cornelia Zachskorn, Michel Mittelbronn, Tobias Eckle*

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Background: Cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (I-R) injury represents a major cause of cardiac tissue injury. Adenosine signaling dampens inflammation during cardiac I-R. The authors investigated the role of the adenosine A2b-receptor (Adora2b) on inflammatory cells during cardiac I-R. Methods: To study Adora2b signaling on inflammatory cells, the authors transplanted wild-type (WT) bone marrow (BM) into Adora2 b-/- mice or Adora2b b-/- BM into WT mice. To study the role of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), neutrophil-depleted WT mice were treated with an Adora2b b-/- agonist. After treatments, mice were exposed to 60 min of myocardial ischemia and 120 min of reperfusion. Infarct sizes and troponin I concentrations were determined by triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, respectively. Results: Transplantation of WT BM into Adora2b mice decreased infarct sizes by 19 ± 4% and troponin I by 87.5 ± 25.3 ng/ml (mean ± SD, n = 6). Transplantation of Adora2b BM into WT mice increased infarct sizes by 20 ± 3% and troponin I concentrations by 69.7 ± 17.9 ng/ml (mean ± SD, n = 6). Studies on the reperfused myocardium revealed PMNs as the dominant cell type. PMN depletion or Adora2b agonist treatment reduced infarct sizes by 30 ± 11% or 26 ± 13% (mean ± SD, n = 4); however, the combination of both did not produce additional cardioprotection. Cytokine profiling showed significantly higher cardiac tumor necrosis factor α concentrations in Adora2b compared with WT mice (39.3 ± 5.3 vs. 7.5 ± 1.0 pg/mg protein, mean ± SD, n = 4). Pharmacologic studies on human-activated PMNs revealed an Adora2b-dependent tumor necrosis factor α release. Conclusion: Adora2b signaling on BM-derived cells such as PMNs represents an endogenous cardioprotective mechanism during cardiac I-R. The authors' findings suggest that Adora2b agonist treatment during cardiac I-R reduces tumor necrosis factor α release of PMNs, thereby dampening tissue injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1257
Number of pages13
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


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