Involvement of reperfusion injury salvage kinases in preconditioning depends critically on the preconditioning stimulus

Olivier Manintveld, Wim Sluiter, Dick Dekkers, MTL Hekkert, Jos Lamers, PD Verdouw, Dirk-jan Duncker

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Different preconditioning stimuli can activate divergent signaling pathways. In rats, adenosine-independent pathways (triple 3-min coronary artery occlusion [3CAO3]) and adenosine-dependent pathways (one 15-min coronary artery occlusion [ICAO15]) exist, both ultimately converging at the level of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Furthermore, while 3CAO3, 1CAO15 and exogenous adenosine (ADO) are equally cardioprotective, only 1CAO15 increases interstitial myocardial adenosine levels. Reperfusion Injury Salvage Kinase (RISK) pathway kinases have been implicated in ischemic preconditioning, but not all preconditioning stimuli activate this pathway. Consequently, we evaluated in anesthetized rats the effects of three distinctly different preconditioning stimuli (3CAO3, 1CAO15 or ADO) on infarct size (IS), signaling pathways with a special emphasis on kinases belonging to the RISK pathway (phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-Akt-nitric oxide synthase and extracellular signal-related kinase [ERK]) and mitochondria! respiration. All three stimuli increased state-2 respiration (using succinate as complex-II substrate), thereby decreasing the respiratory control index, which was accompanied by a limitation of IS produced by a 60-min coronary artery occlusion (CAO). Nitric oxide synthase inhibition abolished the mitochondrial effects and the cardioprotection by 3CAO3, 1CAO15 or ADO. In contrast, the PI3 kinase inhibitor, wortmannin, blocked protection by 1CAO15, but did not affect protection by 3CAO3 or ADO. Western blotting confirmed that phosphorylation of Akt and ERK were increased by 1CAO15 (which was inhibited by wortmannin), but not by 3CAO3 or ADO. In conclusion, while the three cardioprotective stimuli 3CAO3, 1CAO15 and ADO afford cardioprotection via nitric oxide-mediated modulation of mitochondrial respiration, only the 1CAO15 exerts its protection via activation of kinases belonging to the RISK pathway.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)874-882
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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