Abstract Title:

Positive inotropic effect of coenzyme Q10, omega-3 fatty acids and propionyl-L-carnitine on papillary muscle force-frequency responses of BIO TO-2 cardiomyopathic Syrian hamsters.

Abstract Source:

Biofactors. 2008;32(1-4):135-44. PMID: 19096109

Abstract Author(s):

Romina Vargiu, Gian Paolo Littarru, Gavino Faa, Rino Mancinelli


The inability of heart muscle to generate ventricular pressure to adequately propel blood through the cardiovascular system is a primary defect associated with congestive heart failure (CHF). Force-frequency relationship (FFR) is one of the main cardiac defects associated with congestive heart failure. Thus FFR is a convenient methodological tool for evaluating the severity of muscle contractile dysfunction and the effectiveness of therapeutic agents. Papillary muscle isolated from BIO TO-2 cardiomyopathic Syrian hamsters (CMSHs), show a depressed FFR and represents an animal model of human idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. In the present study we investigated the effect of CoQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, propionyl-L-carnitine (PLC) and a combination of these 3 agents (formulation HS12607) on FFR in 8 month old BIO TO-2 CMSHs. Papillary muscles isolated from the anesthetized animals were placed in an incubation bath and attached to an isometric force transducer. A digital computer with an analog/digital interface allowed control of both muscle developed force and electrical stimulus parameters. Force-frequency response was evaluated, at Lmax, with increasing frequencies: 0.06, 0.12, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 Hz. HS12607-treatment produced a positive inotropic effect resulting in a significant enhancement (p < 0.05) of the peak force at the highest frequencies (1-4 Hz). In the range of frequency of 1-4 Hz also CoQ10 and omega-3 significantly (p < 0.05) attenuated the fractional decline in developed force. The significant improvement (p < 0.05) of the timing parameter peak rate of tension rise (+ T') and peak rate of tension fall (-T') indicating a faster rate of muscle contraction and relaxation respectively, found in CoQ10, omega-3 and PLC-treated CMSHs, may be due to the positive effects of these substances on sarcoplasmic reticulum functions. These findings suggest that naturally occurring CoQ10, omega-3 and PLC, particularly when administered together in a coformulation, might be a valid adjuvant to conventional therapy in dilated cardiomyopathy especially when considering that they are natural substances, devoid of side effects.

Print Options

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2021 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.