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Pretreatment with low-dose gadolinium chloride attenuates myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats

Min CHEN, Yuan-yuan ZHENG, Yun-tao SONG, Jing-yi XUE, Zheng-yang LIANG, Xin-xin YAN, Da-li LUO
DOI: 10.1038/aps.2015.156


Aim: We have shown that low-dose gadolinium chloride (GdCl3) abolishes arachidonic acid (AA)-induced increase of cytoplasmic Ca2+, which is known to play a crucial role in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. The present study sought to determine whether low-dose GdCl3 pretreatment protected rat myocardium against I/R injury in vitro and in vivo.
Methods: Cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs) were treated with GdCl3 or nifedipine, followed by exposure to anoxia/reoxygenation (A/R). Cell apoptosis was detected; the levels of related signaling molecules were assessed. SD rats were intravenously injected with GdCl3 or nifedipine. Thirty min after the administration the rats were subjected to LAD coronary artery ligation followed by reperfusion. Infarction size, the release of serum myocardial injury markers and AA were measured; cell apoptosis and related molecules were assessed.
Results: In A/R-treated NRVMs, pretreatment with GdCl3 (2.5, 5, 10 μmol/L) dose-dependently inhibited caspase-3 activation, death receptor-related molecules DR5/Fas/FADD/caspase-8 expression, cytochrome c release, AA release and sustained cytoplasmic Ca2+ increases induced by exogenous AA. In I/R-treated rats, pre-administration of GdCl3 (10 mg/kg) significantly reduced the infarct size, and the serum levels of CK-MB, cardiac troponin-I, LDH and AA. Pre-administration of GdCl3 also significantly decreased the number of apoptotic cells, caspase-3 activity, death receptor-related molecules (DR5/Fas/FADD) expression and cytochrome c release in heart tissues. The positive control drug nifedipine produced comparable cardioprotective effects in vitro and in vivo.
Conclusion: Pretreatment with low-dose GdCl3 significantly attenuates I/R-induced myocardial apoptosis in rats by suppressing activation of both death receptor and mitochondria-mediated pathways.
Keywords: myocardium; ischemia/reperfusion; apoptosis; gadolinium chloride; nifedipine; arachidonic acid; death receptor; mitochondria; cardioprotection

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