Long term model for evaluation of myocardial metabolic recovery following global ischemia.

J. St Cyr, H. Ward, J. Kriett, D. Alyono, S. Einzig, R. Bianco, R. Anderson, J. Foker

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Myocardial ATP levels remain depressed following significant periods of ischemia (Isc) despite reperfusion (Rpf). Neither the rate of in vivo ATP return following global Isc nor the factors which influence recovery have been defined. In order to determine the time course to complete the return of ATP levels and evaluate methods of enhancing recovery of ATP levels, we have devised a chronic canine model of global Isc. In this model serial ventricular biopsies can be taken in the awake animal over several days without reoperation which allows an investigation of the recovery of the myocardium following a uniform global insult to be performed. Recovery of ATP levels has been shown to depend, at least in part, on the availability of precursors and the activity of the ATP regenerating enzymes. Because complete recovery of ATP levels takes days, short term (hours) models have limitations. Previous attempts at enhancing ATP recovery following Isc have been only partially successful because either the degree of depression was not great or the period of observation was short, resulting in incomplete return. To identify the best precursor choice, we previously measured the activity of the AMP regenerating enzymes, adenosine kinase (AdK) (adenosine----AMP) and adenine phosphoribosyl transferase (APRT) (adenine----AMP). Because APRT activity was 20 fold higher than AdK with similar Km values for substrates, it appeared that adenine (A) is preferred to adenosine for AMP regeneration in the dog's myocardium. The formation of 5-phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) may also be rate limiting and, therefore, the effect of ribose (R) on ATP recovery was also evaluated. Recovery of ATP levels was assessed in three groups: (1) normal saline (NS), (2) A (20 mM) in normal saline (A/NS) or (3) A with R (80 mM) in normal saline (A/R) were infused (1.0 ml/min) into the right atrium of dogs for 48 hours following Isc. In all groups, ATP levels fell to between 46-60% of pre-Isc levels during Isc. In the NS dogs, ATP levels continued to fall slightly to 46% pre-Isc levels during the first four hours of Rpf after Isc. By 24 hours no appreciable recovery had occurred and the measured ATP was only 51% of the pre-Isc value. Even by seven days, ATP had not returned fully, and by extrapolation, complete recovery required 9.9 +/- 1.4 days. Treated dogs showed, however, that ATP recovery could be significantly enhanced.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-414
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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