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Effect of pinacidil on rat ventricular myocytes during transient hypoxia and reperfusion

Author(s): X.Y. Dong and F. Zhu

The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective effect of pinacidil postconditioning on rat hearts with transient hypoxia and reperfusion. An acute myocardial anoxia-reperfusion rat model was created by ligating coronary arteries for 10 min and subsequent reperfusion for 60 min. Twenty-four rats in 4 groups received different treatments: normal hearts as control (N = 6), anoxia-reperfusion (A/R) only (N = 6), pinacidil postconditioning (N = 6), and pinacidil plus adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channel inhibitors (glibenclamide) (N = 6). The kinetic parameters and electrophysiological properties, including early apoptosis protein expression changes of Bax, Bcl-2, and FN were examined using the isolated perfusion and patch-clamp technique and immunohistochemistry. The left ventricular systolic pressure and maximum -dp/dt in A/R groups were significantly higher than those in the control group (P < 0.05). The left ventricular developing pressure, maximum +dp/dt, and heart rate in the A/R group were slightly decreased.