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Rapid cooling preserves the ischaemic myocardium against mitochondrial damage and left ventricular dysfunction.: Ultrafast cooling & postischemic cardiac function

Abstract : AIMS: We investigated whether rapid cooling instituted by total liquid ventilation (TLV) improves cardiac and mitochondrial function in rabbits submitted to ischaemia-reperfusion. METHODS AND RESULTS: Rabbits were chronically instrumented with a coronary artery occluder and myocardial ultrasonic crystals for assessment of segment length-shortening. Two weeks later they were re-anaesthetized and underwent either a normothermic 30-min coronary artery occlusion (CAO) (Control group, n = 7) or a comparable CAO with cooling initiated by a 10-min hypothermic TLV and maintained by a cold blanket placed on the skin. Cooling was initiated after 5 or 15 min of CAO (Hypo-TLV and Hypo-TLV(15') groups, n = 6 and 5, respectively). A last group underwent normothermic TLV during CAO (Normo-TLV group, n = 6). Wall motion was measured in the conscious state over three days of reperfusion before infarct size evaluation and histology. Additional experiments were done for myocardial sampling in anaesthetized rabbits for mitochondrial studies. The Hypo-TLV procedure induced a rapid decrease in myocardial temperature to 32-34 degrees C. Throughout reperfusion, segment length-shortening was significantly increased in Hypo-TLV and Hypo-TLV(15') vs. Control and Normo-TLV (15.1 +/- 3.3%, 16.4 +/- 2.3%, 1.8 +/- 0.6%, and 1.1 +/- 0.8% at 72 h, respectively). Infarct sizes were also considerably attenuated in Hypo-TLV and Hypo-TLV(15') vs. Control and Normo-TLV (4 +/- 1%, 11 +/- 5%, 39 +/- 2%, and 42 +/- 5% infarction of risk zones, respectively). Mitochondrial function in myocardial samples obtained at the end of ischaemia or after 10 min of reperfusion was improved by Hypo-TLV with respect to ADP-stimulated respiration and calcium-induced opening of mitochondrial permeability transition pores (mPTP). Calcium concentration opening mPTP was, e.g., increased at the end of ischaemia in the risk zone in Hypo-TLV vs. Control (157 +/- 12 vs. 86 +/- 12 microM). Histology and electron microscopy also revealed better preservation of lungs and of cardiomyocyte ultrastructure in Hypo-TLV when compared with Control. CONCLUSION: Institution of rapid cooling by TLV during ischaemia reduces infarct size as well as other sequelae of ischaemia, such as post-ischaemic contractile and mitochondrial dysfunction.
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Renaud Tissier, Nicolas Couvreur, Bijan Ghaleh, Patrick Bruneval, Fanny Lidouren, et al.. Rapid cooling preserves the ischaemic myocardium against mitochondrial damage and left ventricular dysfunction.: Ultrafast cooling & postischemic cardiac function. Cardiovascular Research, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2009, 83 (2), pp.345-53. ⟨10.1093/cvr/cvp046⟩. ⟨inserm-00405217⟩

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