The cannabinoid CB1 receptor antagonist, rimonabant, protects against acute myocardial infarction.
Shiang Y Lim, Sean M Davidson, Derek M Yellon, Christopher CT Smith
Basic Res Cardiol | Published : 2009
CB1 antagonism is associated with reduced doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity and decreased cerebrocortical infarction. Rimonabant, a selective CB1 receptor antagonist, was, before it was withdrawn, proposed as a treatment for obesity and reported to reduce cardiovascular risk by improving glucose and lipid profiles and raising adiponectin levels. The cardioprotective actions of rimonabant in 6-week-old C57BL/6J mice fed either high-fat (HFD) or standard diets (STD) for 8 weeks were investigated. At 14 weeks, mice received rimonabant (10 mg/kg/day, i.p.) or vehicle for 1 week and were then subjected to an in vivo acute myocardial infarction. The influence of rimonabant on infarct size (IS) in..View full abstract