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Effects of Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser on Ca2+ transport of myocardial sarcoplasmic reticulum in rat septic shock

Yong Ji, Ming Zhao, Ying Qi, Lin-Wang Dong, Li-Ling Wu, Shi-Qi Peng, Jing-Yi Su


To study the effects of Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS), a synthetic short peptide of fibrinogen degradation, on the Ca2+ transport function of cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum in rat septic shock.

RGDS 5 mumol.kg-1 was injected i.v. at 4 h and 14 h after cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) operation on rats. Highly purified membrane of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) was prepared from rat hearts. Assays were made of ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake by cardiac SR and [3H] ryanodine binding to SR.

The initial rate and the capacity of SR Ca2+ uptake were increased by 104% (P < 0.01) and 12% (P < 0.05), respectively, paralleled by an increase in Ca(2+)-ATPase activity and a decrease in calcium accumulation of myo- cardium of septic rats, whereas the Bmax and Kd values of Ca2+ activated [3H]ryanodine binding to SR were unaffected after RGDS administration.

The results indicated that RGDS have cardioprotective effects of maintaining Ca2+ homeostasis of cardiac myocytes by enhancing SR Ca2+ uptake in rat septic shock.

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