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Am J Physiol. 1989 Feb;256(2 Pt 2):F298-305.

Protection of the kidney against ischemic injury by inhibition of 5'-nucleotidase.

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Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06510.


We have evaluated the impact of inhibiting adenine nucleotide dephosphorylation on the metabolic and functional consequences of renal ischemia. Intramuscular injection of the ADP-analogue adenosine alpha, beta-methylene diphosphate (AMP-CP) achieved a 70% reduction in 5'-nucleotidase activity, as measured in crude extracts of rat kidney. AMPCP-treated animals had an increased residual nucleotide pool at the end of 45 min of ischemia compared with untreated rats. Assessment of renal ATP by 31P-nuclear magnetic resonance (31P-NMR) in vivo during reflow demonstrates the following: 1) higher rapid initial recovery of ATP (69.3 +/- 1.2 vs. 50.0 +/- 0.5% control value, P less than 0.005), 2) accelerated rate of ATP restoration (0.20 +/- 0.02 vs. 0.11 +/- 0.01% control/min, P less than 0.005), and 3) significantly enhanced renal ATP content after 120 min (93.6 +/- 2.0 vs. 63.1 +/- 0.7% control, P less than 0.005). Kidney function, as measured by the rate of inulin clearance 24 h after the insult, was also significantly improved in AMPCP-treated rats (725 +/- 50 vs. 313 +/- 28 microliters.min-1.100 g body wt-1). Thus inhibition of 5'-nucleotidase results in enhanced metabolic and functional recovery from a renal ischemic insult.

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