Distribution of collagen deposition in cardiomyopathic hamster hearts determined by infrared microscopy

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/S1054-8807(98)00024-6
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Journal titleCardiovascular Pathology
Pages4147; # of pages: 7
AbstractFibrillar collagens are major proteins of the cardiac extracellular matrix and play a significant role in the structural organization of the healthy heart. The aim of this study was (i) to investigate and compare the patterns of cardiac collagen deposition in different layers taken from both cardiomyopathic and normal myocardium using infrared (IR) microspectroscopy and (ii) to evaluate IR microspectroscopy as an alternative means for in vitro detection of collagen deposition in heart. Frozen sections from UM-X7.1 strain hamsters expressing the cardiomyopathic phenotype associated with ventricular remodeling and age-matched control (F1-β) strain hamsters were examined using IR microspectroscopy. The presence of collagen was identified by the appearance of a typical collagen band at 1204 cm−1, and the results were compared with identical tissue sections stained with trichrome, a routine discriminator for interstitial matrix proteins in cardiac myocytes. Spatial information addressing collagen deposition was obtained and viewed using contour mapping and three-dimensional band intensity maps at 1204 cm−1. Perivascular and interstitial collagen deposition was detected in control samples taken from both ventricles as indicated with relative low intensities of the band of 1204 cm−1. When compared with these control levels, the concentration of collagen was increased in cardiomyopathic left-ventricular samples with some focal depositions, and these results were confirmed with the trichrome references. Our study suggests that collagen deposition from normal and diseased hearts may be successfully analyzed directly in the absence of any chemihistological or immunological staining, by infrared microscopy.
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PublisherElsevier B.V.
AffiliationNRC Institute for Biodiagnostics; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number921
NPARC number9148144
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