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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association



To evaluate the influence of manual ventilation-controlled respiration on right ventricular (RV) pressure-volume loop–derived and echocardiographic variables in dogs.


8 healthy, anesthetized Beagles.


In a prospective experimental study, pressure-volume catheters were percutaneously inserted into the right ventricle of each dog, and manual ventilation was performed; RV pressure-volume loop (hemodynamic) data and conventional echocardiographic variables were assessed. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography–derived RV strain (RVS) and RV systolic strain rate (RVSR) were obtained with RV free wall–only analysis (free wall) and RV global analysis (RVGA; interventricular septum). Variables were compared between end-inspiratory and end-expiratory phases of respiration by statistical methods. Multiple regression analysis was used to assess associations between selected hemodynamic and echocardiographic variables.


The RV pressure significantly increased, and RV volume, stroke volume, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, RV fractional area change, peak myocardial systolic velocity of the lateral tricuspid annulus, and RV free wall only–assessed RVS and RVSR significantly decreased in the inspiratory phase, compared with the expiratory phase. There were no significant differences in end-systolic elastance or RVGA-assessed RVS or RVSR between respiratory phases. The RVGA-assessed RVSR was significantly associated with stroke volume and end-systolic elastance.


Specific RV echocardiographic variables were significantly affected by respiration. In contrast, RVS and RVSR determined with RVGA were not affected by respiration and were associated with hemodynamic indicators of RV contractility.

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Objective—To investigate the roles of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) isoforms and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in development of chronic mitral valvular disease (CMVD) in dogs.

Sample Population—12 mitral valve leaflets collected from cadavers of 5 clinically normal dogs and from 7 dogs with CMVD.

Procedures—Expression of TGF-β isoforms 1, 2, and 3; MMPs 1, 2, 3, and 9; TGF-β receptor II (TβR-II); and α smooth muscle actin (αSMA) in mitral valves of dogs with CMVD was compared with that in mitral valves from clinically normal dogs. Additionally, responses of valvular interstitial cells (VICs) to TGF-β3, MMP-3, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) as a suppressor of TGF-β3 were examined in vitro.

Results—Expression of TGF-β3, TβR-II, αSMA, and MMP-3 was only detected in mitral valves of dogs with CMVD. Concentrations of αSMA and proteoglycans in cultured VICs were significantly increased following incubation with TGF-β3; treatment with MMP-3 resulted in increased amounts of active and total TGF-β3, and total TGF-β3 in VICs was significantly decreased by incubation with ACEI.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Findings suggested that increased TGF-β3 and MMP-3 contribute to the pathogenesis of valvular degeneration associated with CMVD. In addition, it is possible that the use of ACEI could effectively block pathological alterations in VICs associated with CMVD in vitro.

Impact on Human Medicine—CMVD is associated with primary mitral valve prolapse and Marfan syndrome in humans. Results of the study reported here will help to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of CMVD in dogs and humans.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research