IKKβ inhibition attenuates myocardial injury and dysfunction following acute ischemia-reperfusion injury

Nancy C. Moss, William E. Stansfield, Monte S. Willis, Ru Hang Tang, Craig H. Selzman

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Despite years of experimental and clinical research, myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) remains an important cause of cardiac morbidity and mortality. The transcription factor nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) has been implicated as a key mediator of reperfusion injury. Activation of NF-κB is dependent upon the phosphorylation of its inhibitor, IκBα, by the specific inhibitory κB kinase (IKK) subunit, IKKβ. We hypothesized that specific antagonism of the NF-κB inflammatory pathway through IKKβ inhibition reduces acute myocardial damage following IR injury. C57BL/6 mice underwent left anterior descending (LAD) artery ligation and release in an experimental model of acute IR. Bay 65-1942, an ATP-competitive inhibitor that selectively targets IKKβ kinase activity, was administered intraperitoneally either prior to ischemia, at reperfusion, or 2 h after reperfusion. Compared with untreated animals, mice treated with IKKβ inhibition had significant reduction in left ventricular infarct size. Cardiac function was also preserved following pretreatment with IKKβ inhibition. These findings were further associated with decreased expression of phosphorylated IκBα and phosphorylated p65 in myocardial tissue. In addition, IKKβ inhibition decreased serum levels of TNF-α and IL-6, two prototypical downstream effectors of NF-κB activity. These results demonstrate that specific IKKβ inhibition can provide both acute and delayed cardioprotection and offers a clinically accessible target for preventing cardiac injury following IR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H2248-H2253
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Inhibitory κB kinase-β
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Nuclear factor-κB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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