Background: In the months after acute myocardial infarction (MI), risk for acute atherothrombotic events in nonculprit arteries increases several fold. Objectives: This study investigated whether sustained proinflammatory and prothrombotic endothelial alterations occur in remote vessels after MI. Methods: Wild-type mice, atherosclerotic mice with double knockout (DKO) of the low-density lipoprotein receptor and Apobec-1, and DKO mice treated with the Nox-inhibitor apocynin were studied at baseline and at 3 and 21 days after closed-chest MI. Ultrasound molecular imaging of P-selectin, vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1, von Willebrand factor (VWF) A1-domain, and platelet GPIbα was performed. Intravital microscopy was used to characterize post-MI leukocyte and platelet recruitment in the remote microcirculation after MI. Results: Aortic molecular imaging for P-selectin, VCAM-1, VWF-A1, and platelets was increased several-fold (p < 0.01) 3 days post-MI for both wild-type and DKO mice. At 21 days, these changes resolved in wild-type mice but persisted in DKO mice. Signal for platelet adhesion was abolished 1 h after administration of ADAMTS13, which regulates VWF multimerization. In DKO and wild-type mice, apocynin significantly attenuated the post-MI increase for molecular targets, and platelet depletion significantly reduced P-selectin and VCAM-1 signal. On intravital microscopy, MI resulted in remote vessel leukocyte adhesion and platelet string or net complexes. On histology, high-risk inflammatory features in aortic plaque increased in DKO mice 21 days post-MI, which were completely prevented by apocynin. Conclusions: Acute MI stimulates a spectrum of changes in remote vessels, including up-regulation of endothelial inflammatory adhesion molecules and platelet-endothelial adhesion from endothelial-associated VWF multimers. These remote arterial alterations persist longer in the presence of hyperlipidemia, are associated with accelerated plaque growth and inflammation, and are attenuated by Nox inhibition.
- adhesion molecules
- myocardial infarction
- von Willebrand factor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine