Han, H., R. Kaiser, K. Hu, M. Laser, G. Ertl and J. Bauersachs. Selective modulation of endogenous nitric oxide formation in ischemia/reperfusion injury in isolated rat hearts - Effects on regional myocardial flow and enzyme release. BASIC RESEARCH IN CARDIOLOGY. 98:165-174, 2003.

The role of nitric oxide (NO) in ischemia/reperfusion injury is controversial. We tested the role of inducible NOS (iNOS) in the ischemia/reperfusion injury in isolated rat hearts using the selective iNOS inhibitor S-methylisothiourea sulfate (SMT) and the non-selective NOS inhibitor N-G-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). After 15 min of stabilization in Langendorff mode, hearts were perfused either with normal Krebs-Henseleit buffer, buffer containing 100 muM L-NAME, 0.5 muM SMT or 50 muM SMT for 5 min and were subjected to 25 min of ischemia followed by 30 min of reperfusion. Left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP) and total coronary flow (CF) were recorded continuously. After ischemia/reperfusion, a marked expression of iNOS protein was demonstrated by Western blotting, while virtually no iNOS protein was present in hearts without ischemia/reperfusion. Regional myocardial blood flow (RMBF) was measured with colored microspheres. Coronary vasoactive concentration of L-NAME and SMT depressed myocardial function as shown by decreased LVDP, dP/dt(max) and coronary flow before ischemia. After ischemia the recovery of the total CF was impaired in L-NAME and 50 muM SMT pretreated hearts which was related to homogenous RMBF decrease in the right and left ventricle compared to that in control group. Low concentration SMT (0.5 muM) showed no coronary vasoactive effects before ischemia and attenuated ischemia/reperfusion injury indicated by lower ischemic contracture at 25 min of ischemia and reduced CK and LDH release during reperfusion. Thus, NOS inhibition did not affect blood flow distribution in rat hearts either in the pre-ischemic or reperfusion period. Selective iNOS inhibition reduced ischemic injury by reducing ischemic contracture and CK as well as LDH release during reperfusion.