Endogenous ouabain-like factor (OLF) has been detected in mammalian plasma, adrenal gland, and hypothalamus. We investigate whether cardiac tissue may also produce OLF. HPLC chromatographic separation of cardiac extracts showed that RIA-determined OLF activity coincided with the elution profile of exogenous ouabain and with the ability to inhibit 86Rb uptake in human erythrocytes. OLF activity was remarkably higher in excised hearts (3.94 +/- 0.84 pmol/g wet weight by RIA) than in rat blood (0.05 +/- 0.02 pmol/ml). Similar values were obtained in perfused working hearts, without significant changes over time from 5 to 30 minutes of aerobic perfusion. Significant OLF release in the perfusion buffer was also observed (0.54 +/- 0.05 pmoles over 30 minutes). In hearts subjected to 15 minutes of aerobic perfusion followed by 15 minutes of global myocardial ischemia OLF concentration was remarkably increased (8.59 +/- 1.13 versus 4.58 +/- 0.57 pmol/g wet weight by RIA, P < 0.01; an increase after ischemia was confirmed by the assay of 86Rb uptake). Our findings suggest that the rat heart is able to produce OLF, and that its concentration increases during ischemia. Myocardial OLF might modulate the Na/K-ATPase, producing relevant effects on ionic homeostasis and/or gene transcription.
|Autori:||G. D'URSO; S. FRASCARELLI; S. BALZAN; R. ZUCCHI; MONTALI U|
|Titolo:||Production of ouabain-like factor in normal and ischemic rat heart|
|Anno del prodotto:||2004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|