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Modification of caffeine-induced injury in Ca2+-free perfused rat hearts. Relationship to the calcium paradox.

The pathogenesis of the calcium paradox has not been established. In calcium-free perfused hearts, caffeine, which releases calcium from the sarcoplasmic reticulum, causes severe myocardial injury, with creatine kinase (CK) release and contraction band necrosis similar in many respects to the calcium paradox. It has been postulated that contracture, initiated by a small rise in intracellular calcium, may cause sarcolemmal injury in both the calcium paradox and caffeine-induced myocardial injury. The present study was initiated to determine whether interventions which modulate caffeine-induced contracture will also correspondingly alter cellular injury. The effects of caffeine dose, procaine, extended calcium-free perfusion, elevated potassium, temperature, and increasing intracellular sodium on caffeine-induced contracture were examined in Langendorff-perfused adult rat hearts. Caffeine-induced contracture at 22 C increased over a dose range of 5-40 mM caffeine. Procaine, which inhibits caffeine-induced calcium release at doses between 5 and 20 mM, progressively reduced contracture caused by addition of 20 mM caffeine at 22 C. Hearts perfused with calcium-free solution containing 16 mM K+ showed a reduction in caffeine-induced contracture. Extended calcium-free perfusion (20 minutes) at temperatures from 18 to 37 C resulted in a progressive reduction of caffeine-induced contracture. Each of these interventions was also found to inhibit caffeine-induced injury at 37 C. Low temperature was found to have complex effects. Hypothermia enhanced caffeine contractures but also protected hearts from cell separations and CK release. Increasing intracellular sodium was found to enhance caffeine-induced contracture at 37 C. There was a direct correlation between measured intracellular sodium levels and the magnitude and duration of caffeine-induced contracture. These results demonstrate a direct correlation between the magnitude of contracture and myocardial injury in calcium-free hearts. It is proposed that contracture is the primary mediator of sarcolemmal membrane injury in hearts with intercalated disks weakened by prior calcium-free perfusion.[1]


  1. Modification of caffeine-induced injury in Ca2+-free perfused rat hearts. Relationship to the calcium paradox. Vander Heide, R.S., Altschuld, R.A., Lamka, K.G., Ganote, C.E. Am. J. Pathol. (1986) [Pubmed]
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