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Eur Heart J. 2008 Sep;29(17):2171-9. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehn277. Epub 2008 Jun 27.

Aldosterone synthase inhibition improves cardiovascular function and structure in rats with heart failure: a comparison with spironolactone.

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  • 1Faculté de Médecine et Pharmacie, INSERM U644, 22 Boulevard Gambetta, 76183 Rouen Cedex, France. paul.mulder@univ-rouen.fr



Inhibition of aldosterone synthase, the key enzyme in aldosterone formation, could be an alternative strategy for mineralocorticoid-receptor antagonists in congestive heart failure (CHF), but its effect in CHF is unknown.


We compared, in rats with CHF, the effects of a 7 day and a 12 week treatment with the aldosterone synthase inhibitor FAD286 (4 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) with those induced by spironolactone (80 mg kg(-1) day(-1)). FAD286/spironolactone increased cardiac output without modifying arterial pressure. Long-term FAD286 and spironolactone reduced left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic pressure, LV relaxation constant, and LV dilatation, and these effects were more marked with FAD286, whereas both drugs reduced LV hypertrophy and collagen accumulation to the same extent. Long-term FAD286/spironolactone prevented CHF-related enhancement in LV ACE and reduction in LV ACE-2, but only FAD286 prevented the reduction in LV AT(2) receptors. FAD286, but not long-term spironolactone, reduced the CHF-related enhancements in LV reactive oxygen species, reduced-oxidized glutathione ratio, and aortic nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase activity. FAD286 normalized the CHF-induced impairment of endothelium-dependent vasodilatation.


In experimental CHF, FAD286 and spironolactone improve LV haemodynamics, remodelling, and function, but only FAD286 persistently normalizes LV 'redox status'. These results suggest that aldosterone synthase inhibition is a potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of CHF.

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