Targeting sigma-1 receptor with fluvoxamine ameliorates pressure-overload-induced hypertrophy and dysfunctions

Md Shenuarin Bhuiyan, Hideaki Tagashira, Norifumi Shioda, Kohji Fukunaga

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Objective: We here investigated the effect of sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) stimulation with fluvoxamine on myocardial hypertrophy, cardiac functional recovery and defined mechanisms underlying its cardioprotective action. Methods: Wistar rats subjected to bilateral ovariectomy (OVX) were treated with abdominal aortic banding between the right and left renal arteries. To confirm the cardioprotective role of Sig-1R stimulation, we treated the rats with Sig-1R agonist (fluvoxamine, 0.5 and 1 mg/kg) orally once a day for 4 weeks after the onset of aortic banding. Results: Interestingly, the expression of Sig-1R in the left ventricle (LV) decreased significantly 4 weeks after pressure overload (PO)-induced hypertrophy in OVX rats. The fluvoxamine administration significantly attenuated PO-induced myocardial hypertrophy with concomitant increase in the expression of Sig-1R in LV. Fluvoxamine also attenuated hypertrophy-induced impaired LV functions. The cardioprotective effect of fluvoxamine was nullified by treatment with Sig-1R antagonist (NE-100; 1 mg/kg). Fluvoxamine treatment significantly restored PO-induced impaired eNOS and Akt activity in the LV. Conclusion: We here found, for the first time, the potential role of Sig-1R expression in the heart in attenuating PO-induced hypertrophy in OVX rats. Fluvoxamine treatment protects PO-induced cardiac injury via upregulation of Sig-1R and stimulation of Sig-1R-mediated Akt-eNOS signaling in ovariectomized rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1022
Number of pages14
JournalExpert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct


  • Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS)
  • Myocardial hypertrophy
  • Ovariectomy
  • Protein kinase B (Akt)
  • Sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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