Mitochondrial ATPase and high-energy phosphates in failing hearts

Jingbo Liu, Chunsheng Wang, Yo Murakami, Guangrong Gong, Yutaka Ishibashi, Catherine Prody, Koichi Ochiai, Robert J. Bache, Catherine Godinot, Jianyi Zhang

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This study examined high-energy phosphates (HEP) and mitochondrial ATPase protein expression in hearts in which myocardial infarction resulted in either compensated left ventricular remodeling (LVR) or congestive heart failure (CHF). The response of HEP (measured via 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy) to a modest increase in the cardiac work state produced by dobutaminedopamine infusion and pacing (if needed) was examined in 17 pigs after left circumflex coronary artery ligation (9 with LVR and 8 with CHF) and compared with 7 normal pigs. In hearts with LVR, the baseline phosphocreatine (PCr)-to-ATP ratio decreased, and calculated ADP increased; these changes were most severe in hearts with CHF. HEP levels did not change in normal or LVR hearts during dobutamine-dopamine infusion. However, in hearts with CHF, the PCr-to-ATP ratio decreased further, and free ADP increased. The mitochondrial protein levels of the F0F1-ATPase subunits were normal in hearts with compensated LVR. However, in failing hearts, the α-subunit decreased by 36%, the β-subunit decreased by 16%, the oligomycin sensitivity-conferring protein subunit decreased by 40%, and the initiation factor 1 subunit decreased by 41%. Thus in failing hearts, reductions in mitochondrial F0F1-ATPase protein expression are associated with increased myocardial free ADP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H1319-H1326
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number3 50-3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Catecholamine
  • Creatine kinase
  • Myocardial infarct
  • Phosphocreatine


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