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J Clin Invest. 1976 Feb;57(2):341-50.

Ischemia-induced alterations in myocardial (Na+ + K+)-ATPase and cardiac glycoside binding.


The effects of ischemia on the canine myocardial (Na+ + K+)-ATPase complex were examined in terms of alterations in cardiac glycoside binding and enzymatic activity. Ability of the myocardial cell to bind tritiated ouabain in vivo was assessed after 1, 2, and 6 h of coronary occlusion followed by 45 min of reperfusion, and correlated with measurements of in vitro (Na+ + K+)-ATPase activity and in vitro [3H]ouabain binding after similar periods of ischemia. Regional blood flow alterations during occlusion and reperfusion were simultaneously determined utilizing 15 mum radioactive microspheres to determine the degree to which altered binding of ouabain might be flow related. Anterior wall infarction was produced in 34 dogs by snaring of confluent branches of the left coronary system. Epicardial electrograms delineated ischemic and border zone areas. Coronary reperfusion after 2 and 6 h of occlusion was associated with impaired reflow of blood and markedly impaired uptake of [3H]ouabain in ischemic myocardium. In both groups, in vivo [3H]ouabain binding by ischemic tissue was reduced out of proportion to the reduction in flow. Despite near-complete restoration of flow in seven dogs occluded for 1 h and reperfused, [3H]ouabain remained significantly reduced to 58 +/- 9% of nonischemic uptake in subendocardial layers of the central zone of ischemia. Thus, when coronary flow was restored to areas of myocardium rendered acutely ischemia for 1 or more hours, ischemic zones demonstrated progressively diminished ability to bind ouabain. To determine whether ischemia-induced alteration in myocardial (Na+ + K+)-ATPase might underlie these changes, (Na+ + K+)-ATPase activity and [3H]ouabain binding were measured in microsomal fractions from ischemic myocardium after 1, 2, and 6 h of coronary occlusion. In animals occluded for 6 h, (Na+ + K+)-ATPase activity was significantly reduced by 40% in epicardial and by 35% in endocardial layers compared with nonischemic myocardium. Comparable reductions in in vitro [3H]ouabain binding were also demonstrated. Reperfusion for 45 min after occlusion for 6 h resulted in no significant restoration of enzyme activity when compared to the nonreperfused animals. In six animals occluded for 2 h, a time at which myocardial creatine phosphokinase activity remains unchanged, (Na+ + K+)-ATPase activity was reduced by 25% compared with nonischemic enzyme activity. In five dogs occluded for 1 h, (Na+ + K+)-ATPase activity in ischemic myocardium was unchanged from control levels. We conclude that reduced regional myocardial blood flow, local alterations in cellular milieu, and altered glycoside-binding properties of (Na+ + K+)-ATPase all participate in the reduction of cardiac glycoside binding observed after reperfusion of ischemic myocardium. In addition, after 2 or more hours of severe ischemia, myocardial (Na+ + K+)-ATPase catalytic activity is significantly reduced despite incubation in the presence of optimal substrate concentrations.

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