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Systolic/diastolic effects of chronic treatment with omecamtiv mecarbil in minipigs with post-myocardial infarction Heart Failure with reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF)

Session Poster Session 6

Speaker Laurence Lucats

Event : ESC Congress 2019

  • Topic : heart failure
  • Sub-topic : Chronic Heart Failure: Pharmacotherapy
  • Session type : Poster Session

Authors : D Caillaud (Chilly-Mazarin,FR), X Baudot (Chilly-Mazarin,FR), L Gouraud (Chilly-Mazarin,FR), L Lucats (Chilly-Mazarin,FR), MP Pruniaux (Chilly-Mazarin,FR), P Janiak (Chilly-Mazarin,FR)

D. Caillaud1 , X. Baudot1 , L. Gouraud1 , L. Lucats1 , M.P. Pruniaux1 , P. Janiak1 , 1Sanofi R&D - Chilly-Mazarin - France ,

European Heart Journal ( 2019 ) 40 ( Supplement ), 3324

Background: Omecamtiv mecarbil (OM), a novel myosin ATPase activator, is currently developed for the treatment of Heart Failure with reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF). Phase I in healthy volunteers and patients showed that the positive inotropic effect of OM was associated with an impairment of diastolic function as assessed by change in E peak, e' wave and E/e' ratio.

Purpose: The diastolic impact of chronic treatment with OM has not been described yet. This study investigates the balance between positive inotropic effect and the diastolic impairment after chronic treatment with OM in a post-myocardial infarction (Post-MI) swine model of HFrEF.

Methods: HFrEF was induced in minipigs after myocardial infarction caused by a 150-min left anterior descending (LAD) artery occlusion performed under angiography. HFrEF minipigs were treated with OM at 3 mg/kg PO BID for 15 days (n=4), a dose known to increase systolic ejection time (SET) by ∼50 ms as achieved in healthy volunteers and patients at plasma levels between 200–300 ng/ml. Echocardiogram was performed before and after 15 days of treatment with OM. An additional echocardiogram was conducted 7 days after the last administration.

Results: One year after MI, minipigs displayed increased left ventricular end-diastolic volume index (LVEDVi 151±3.7ml/m2 vs 100±8.9ml/m2 before infarction) and decreased LVEF (42±2.5% vs 68±4.4% before infarction) associated with a pseudo-normal mitral pattern. A two-week treatment with OM increased SET by 64ms (p<0.0001 vs before treatment) and EF to 49±3.8% (p=0.07 vs before treatment) as well as it improved SVi by 13%. This inotropic effect was associated with a decrease of mitral E peak (p=0.01 vs before treatment) and e' waves, and with the prolongation of deceleration time (p<0.05 vs before treatment). OM treatment was associated with marked reduction of LVEDVi to 117±13.2ml/m2 (p<0.05 vs before treatment) concomitant with a ∼20% increase in diastolic septum and posterior wall thicknesses. None of these systolic or diastolic effects remained 7 days post OM treatment completion.

Conclusion: Similarly to clinical description, OM treatment increased LVEF and SVi principally through extension of SET. It provides positive inotropic effects associated with diastolic impairment resulting in impaired ventricular filling as assessed by LVEDVi decrease and the thickening of ventricular wall in diastole. Whether this profile will allow a beneficial reverse remodeling, needs to be investigated in a longer chronic study.

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