The p38 MAPK inhibitor, SB203580, abrogates ischaemic preconditioning in rat heart but timing of administration is critical.
ABSTRACT There is debate concerning the involvement of p38 mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) in the mediation of ischaemic preconditioning. Pharmacological inhibition of p38 MAPK with SB203580 has been reported to block preconditioning in some studies but not in others. We hypothesised that this divergence could be due to differences in the timing of inhibitor administration. Isolated rat hearts were perfused in the Langendorff mode and subjected to 35 min regional ischaemia followed by 120 min reperfusion. Hearts were then double stained with Evans' blue and triphenyltetrazolium chloride to determine risk (R) and infarct zones (I), expressed as I/R% ratios. Preconditioned hearts were subjected to 2 times 5 min global ischaemia with 10 min intervening reperfusion. SB203580 10 microM was perfused either during the preconditioning protocol (PC+/-SB-early),just prior to and during the first 15 min of the lethal ischaemia (PC+/-SB-late) or prior to regional ischaemia in the absence of preconditioning. Ischaemic preconditioning significantly limited infarct size (I/R 38.9 +/- 3.0% in control vs 13.4 +/- 2.4%, P < 0.01). In the PC+/-SB-early group, preconditioning was still fully protective (I/R% 14.6 +/- 1.0). However, in the PC+/-SB-late group, SB203580 completely blocked the protection afforded by preconditioning (I/R% 33.6 +/- 4.4%, P < 0.01 vs 13.4 +/- 2.4% in preconditioned hearts, p < 0.05). SB203580 alone did not affect infarct size when given prior to and during regional ischaemia (I/R 36.2 +/- 2.7%). These histological data are corroborated by a significant increase in p38 MAPK activation in the preconditioned hearts during sustained ischaemia in comparison with the controls. In conclusion the activation of p38 MAPK during lethal ischaemia, but not during the ischaemic preconditioning protocol, is essential for the mediation of protection and may resolve some of the earlier controversy surrounding the use of SB203580 in preconditioning studies.
Article: Role of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases in Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury during Heart Transplantation.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In solid organ transplantation, ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury during organ procurement, storage and reperfusion is an unavoidable detrimental event for the graft, as it amplifies graft inflammation and rejection. Intracellular mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways regulate inflammation and cell survival during IR injury. The four best-characterized MAPK subfamilies are the c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), extracellular signal- regulated kinase-1/2 (ERK1/2), p38 MAPK, and big MAPK-1 (BMK1/ERK5). Here, we review the role of MAPK activation during myocardial IR injury as it occurs during heart transplantation. Most of our current knowledge regarding MAPK activation and cardioprotection comes from studies of preconditioning and postconditioning in nontransplanted hearts. JNK and p38 MAPK activation contributes to myocardial IR injury after prolonged hypothermic storage. p38 MAPK inhibition improves cardiac function after cold storage, rewarming and reperfusion. Small-molecule p38 MAPK inhibitors have been tested clinically in patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, but not in transplanted patients, so far. Organ transplantation offers the opportunity of starting a preconditioning treatment before organ procurement or during cold storage, thus modulating early events in IR injury. Future studies will need to evaluate combined strategies including p38 MAPK and/or JNK inhibition, ERK1/2 activation, pre- or postconditioning protocols, new storage solutions, and gentle reperfusion.Journal of Transplantation 01/2012; 2012:928954.
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ABSTRACT: The p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases (p38s) are Ser/Thr kinases that are activated as a result of cellular stresses and various pathological conditions, including myocardial ischemia/reperfusion. p38 activation has been shown to accentuate myocardial injury and impair cardiac function. Inhibition of p38 activation and its activity has been proposed to be cardioprotective by slowing the rate of myocardial damage and improving cardiac function. The growing body of evidence on the use of p38 inhibitors as therapeutic means for responding to heart problems is controversial, since both beneficial as well as a lack of protective effects on the heart have been reported. In this review, the outcomes from studies investigating the effect of p38 inhibitors on the heart in a wide range of study models, including in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo models, are discussed. The correlations of experimental models with practical clinical usefulness, as well as the need for future studies regarding the use of p38 inhibitors, are also addressed.European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 12/2011; 68(5):513-24. · 2.85 Impact Factor
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