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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 2008;55(6):716-722.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.2008.55.6.716   
Cardioprotective signaling cascade of A2 adenosine receptor agonist 5'-N-ethylcarboxaminidoadenosine against myocardial reperfusion injury.
Yong Cheol Lee, Young Ho Jang, Chan Jin Kim, Jin Mo Kim
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea.
2Department of Anesthesiology, Pureun Hospital, Daegu, Korea. weonjo@dsmc.or.kr
Abstract
BACKGROUND
This experiments investigated the signaling cascade responsible for anti-infarct effect by an A2 adenosine receptor (AR) agonist 5'-N-Ethylcarboxaminidoadenosine (NECA).
METHODS
Langendorff perfused isolated rat hearts were subjected to 30 minutes of regional ischemia and 120 minutes of reperfusion. Drugs were perfused for a period of 5 minutes before and 60 minutes after reperfusion. For comparison of cardioprotection among groups, area at necrosis (AN) and area at risk (AAR) were measured by triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining.
RESULTS
NECA significantly attenuated AN/AAR (14.1 +/- 1.9%, P < 0.001) compared with control hearts (30.7 +/- 2.8%). Anti-infarct effect by NECA was attenuated by an A(2A)AR antagonist 8-(3-chlorostyryl)caffeine (23.7 +/- 3.4%, P < 0.05) and an A(2B)AR antagonist MRS1706 (29.9 +/- 3.3%, P < 0.001). Cardioprotection by NECA was blocked by a guanylyl cyclase inhibitor (23.1 +/- 2.9%, P < 0.05) and a protein kinase G (PKG) inhibitor KT5823 (30.3 +/- 3.2%, P < 0.001). Glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta) inhibitor SB216763 attenuated the AN/AAR in both NECA with MRS (17.8 +/- 2.7%, P < 0.01 vs. control) and NECA with KT5823 treated hearts (8.2 +/- 1.8%, P < 0.001 vs. control). The mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opener atractyloside also aborted NECA's anti-infarct effect (24.7 +/- 2.4% P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS
The signaling pathway by NECA administered at reperfusion involves the activation of both A2AAR and A2BAR and cGMP/PKG pathway, which in turn depends on inactivation of GSK-3beta and inhibition of mPTP opening.
Key Words: adenosine receptor; mitochondria; myocardial infarction; NECA; reperfusion injury
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