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Mol Cell Biochem. 2010 Apr;337(1-2):25-38. doi: 10.1007/s11010-009-0283-2. Epub 2009 Oct 23.

Opening of the mitoKATP channel and decoupling of mitochondrial complex II and III contribute to the suppression of myocardial reperfusion hyperoxygenation.

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The Center for Biomedical EPR Spectroscopy and Imaging, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


Diazoxide, a mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium (mitoK(ATP)) channel opener, protects the heart from ischemia-reperfusion injury. Diazoxide also inhibits mitochondrial complex II-dependent respiration in addition to its preconditioning effect. However, there are no prior studies of the role of diazoxide on post-ischemic myocardial oxygenation. In the current study, we determined the effect of diazoxide on the suppression of post-ischemic myocardial tissue hyperoxygenation in vivo, superoxide (O(2)(-*)) generation in isolated mitochondria, and impairment of the interaction between complex II and complex III in purified mitochondrial proteins. It was observed that diazoxide totally suppressed the post-ischemic myocardial hyperoxygenation. With succinate but not glutamate/malate as the substrate, diazoxide significantly increased ubisemiquinone-dependent O(2)(-*) generation, which was not blocked by 5-HD and glibenclamide. Using a model system, the super complex of succinate-cytochrome c reductase (SCR) hosting complex II and complex III, we also observed that diazoxide impaired complex II and its interaction with complex III with no effect on complex III. UV-visible spectral analysis revealed that diazoxide decreased succinate-mediated ferricytochrome b reduction in SCR. In conclusion, our results demonstrated that diazoxide suppressed the in vivo post-ischemic myocardial hyperoxygenation through opening the mitoK(ATP) channel and ubisemiquinone-dependent O(2)(-*) generation via inhibiting mitochondrial complex II-dependent respiration.

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