Chonnam Med J.  2019 May;55(2):109-115. 10.4068/cmj.2019.55.2.109.

Therapeutic Effect of Fimasartan in a Rat Model of Myocardial Infarction Evaluated by Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography with [¹⁸F]FPTP

  • 1Division of Cardiology, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 2Institute for Biomedical Science, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun, Korea.
  • 4Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


We evaluated the efficacy of fimasartan on perfusion defects and infarction size in an animal model of myocardial infarction (MI), with echocardiography and positron emission tomography (PET) using a ¹â¸F-labeled phosphonium cation (5-[¹â¸F]-fluoropentyl-triphenylphosphonium salt, [¹â¸F]FPTP) as a mitochondrial voltage sensor for myocardial imaging. We induced MI in 33 rats by ligation of the left coronary artery, and checked their cardiac PET image using [¹â¸F]FPTP for evaluation of myocardial perfusion. Rats were grouped into 3 groups according to their administered drugs: no drug (n=11), fimasartan 3 mg/kg (n=10), and fimasartan 10 mg/kg (n=12). Each designated drug was administered for 4 weeks, and follow-up PET and histologic examinations were done. In the PET analysis, a perfusion defect size was markedly improved in fimasartan 10 mg/kg group (35.9±7.0% to 28.4±6.9%, p<0.001), whereas treatment with fimasartan 3 mg/kg induced only an insignificant reduction of perfusion defect size (35.9±7.9% to 33.9±7.3%, p=0.095). Using 2, 3, 5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining, infarction size was the largest in the control group (36.5±8.3%), and was insignificantly lower in the fimasartan 3 mg/kg group (31.5±6.5%, p for the difference between the control group=0.146) and was significantly lower in the fimasartan 10 mg/kg group (26.3±7.6%, p for the difference between the control group=0.011). PET imaging using a ¹â¸F-labeled mitochondrial voltage sensor, [¹â¸F]FPTP, is useful in evaluation and monitoring of myocardial perfusion states, and treatment with fimasartan decreases the infarction size in animal MI model.


Myocardial Infarction; Positron Emission Tomography; Angiotensin Receptor Antagonists

MeSH Terms

Angiotensin Receptor Antagonists
Coronary Vessels
Follow-Up Studies
Models, Animal*
Myocardial Infarction*
Positron-Emission Tomography*
Angiotensin Receptor Antagonists
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