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Oxygen supply and oxidative phosphorylation limitation in rat myocardium in situ.

The 1H-NMR signal of the proximal histidyl-N(delta)H of deoxymyoglobin is detectable in the in situ rat myocardium and can reflect the intracellular PO2. Under basal normoxic conditions, the cellular PO2 is sufficient to saturate myoglobin ( Mb). No proximal histidyl signal of Mb is detectable. On ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, the Mb signal at 78 parts/million (ppm) appears, along with a peak shoulder assigned to the corresponding signal of Hb. During dopamine infusion up to 80 microg. kg(-1) x min(-1), both the heart rate-pressure product (RPP) and myocardial oxygen consumption (MVO2) increase by about a factor of 2. Coronary flow increases by 84%, and O2 extraction (arteriovenous O2 difference) rises by 31%. Despite the increased respiration and work, no deoxymyoglobin signal is detected, implying that the intracellular O2 level still saturates MbO2, well above the PO2 at 50% saturation of Mb. The phosphocreatine (PCr) level decreases, however, during dopamine stimulation, and the ratio of the change in P(i) over PCr (DeltaP(i)/PCr) increases by 0.19. Infusion of either pyruvate, as the primary substrate, or dichloroacetate, a pyruvate dehydrogenase activator, abolishes the change in DeltaP(i)/PCr. Intracellular O2 supply does not limit MVO2, and the role of ADP in regulating respiration in rat myocardium in vivo remains an open question.[1]


  1. Oxygen supply and oxidative phosphorylation limitation in rat myocardium in situ. Kreutzer, U., Mekhamer, Y., Chung, Y., Jue, T. Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. (2001) [Pubmed]
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