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Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 1992 Nov;38(7):739-49.

Preconditioning of heart by repeated stunning. Adaptive modification of antioxidative defense system.

Cellular and molecular biology (Noisy-le-Grand, France)

D K Das, M R Prasad, D Lu, R M Jones


  1. Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, Farmington 06030-1110.

PMID: 1472901


Previous studies demonstrated that preconditioning of a heart by repeated stunning can reduce the cellular injury to the heart from subsequent acute ischemic insult. To examine the possible biochemical mechanism for such myocardial preservation afforded by preconditioning, swine heart was subjected to four episodes of 5 min. stunning by occluding the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD), followed by 10 min. of reperfusion after each stunning. Heart was then made regionally ischemic for 60 min. by LAD occlusion, followed by 6 hrs. reperfusion. Control heart was perfused for 60 min., followed by 60 min. ischemia and 6 hrs. reperfusion. The results of our studies indicated the stimulation of a number of antioxidative enzymes, including Mn-superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD), catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase, after repeated stunning and reperfusion. In addition, a number of new proteins were expressed after preconditioning the heart, including some oxidative-stress related proteins and 72 kDa heat-shock protein. These results suggest that preconditioning of a heart by repeated stunning may lead to strengthening of the oxidative defense system of the heart, which is likely to play a role in myocardial preservation during subsequent ischemic and reperfusion injury.

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