Cason BA, Gamperl AK, Slocum RE, Hickey RF: Anesthetic-induced preconditioning: Previous administration of isoflurane decreases myocardial infarct size in rabbits. A nesthesiology 87: 1182-90

University of California, San Francisco, Department of Anesthesia, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 94121, USA.
Anesthesiology (Impact Factor: 5.88). 11/1997; 87(5):1182-90. DOI: 10.1097/00000542-199711000-00023
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Experimental evidence suggests that ATP-sensitive potassium channels are involved in myocardial ischemic preconditioning. Because some pharmacologic effects of isoflurane are mediated by K(ATP) channels, the authors tested the hypothesis: Isoflurane administration, before myocardial ischemia, can induce or mimic myocardial preconditioning.
Myocardial infarct size was measured in three groups of propofol-anesthetized rabbits, each subjected to 30 min of anterolateral coronary occlusion followed by 3 h of reperfusion. Groups differed in their pretreatment: Group 1 (control, N = 13) no pretreatment, Group 2 (ischemic preconditioning, N = 8), 5 min of coronary occlusion and 15 min of reperfusion; Group 3 (isoflurane pretreatment; N = 15), 15 min of isoflurane (1.1% end-tidal) and 15 min of washout. Hemodynamics were monitored serially. Myocardial infarct size and the area at risk were defined using triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and fluorescent microspheres, respectively, and both were measured using computerized planimetry.
Infarct size expressed as a percentage of area at risk was 23.4 +/- 8.5% (mean +/- SD) in the isoflurane group compared with 33.1 +/- 13.3% in controls, and 8.7 +/- 6.2% in the ischemia-preconditioned group. Analysis for coincidental regressions, followed by tests for equality of slope and elevation, showed that the linear relationship between infarct size and area at risk was significantly (P < 0.05) different in all three groups because of differences in line elevation. Minor differences in hemodynamic variables were found between groups, which were unlikely to account for the significant differences in infarct size.
Preadministration of isoflurane, before myocardial ischemia, reduces myocardial infarct size, and mimics myocardial preconditioning.

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    • "Recent studies using animal models of regional ischemia have shown that isoflurane can duplicate the infarct-limiting effects of ischemic preconditioning. On the other hand, this drug causes potassium channel activation, as suggested by the abolishment of its infarct-limiting effects with potassium channel blockers.14-16 It has also been confirmed that isoflurane increases the probability of potassium channel opening for any given concentration of ATP.17 "
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    • "This phenomenon is achieved by several pharmacological agents, including volatile anesthetics. Volatile anesthetics such as isoflurane have cardioprotective effects when administered before a period of myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, and this phenomenon is referred to as anesthetic preconditioning (APC) [3], [4]. APC is a cardioprotective strategy that increases resistance to ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) by eliciting innate protective mechanisms, and was described in various animal models [3]–[6], as well as in humans [7], [8]. "
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    • "Historically, the first preconditioning stimulus described in 1986 by Murry et al. (1986) was a short period of sub-lethal ischemia which they termed ischemic preconditioning (IPC). Subsequently both opioids (Schultz et al., 1997) and volatile anesthetic agents (Cason et al., 1997; Kersten et al., 1997), as well as other pharmacologic agents that activate GPCRs, were shown to confer a similar protective advantage. Preconditioning occurs in a biphasic pattern: an early phase, which occurs within minutes of the conditioning stimulus via post-translational modification of pre-existing proteins, and lasts 1–2 h, and a delayed phase occurring 12–24 h afterwards mediated by de novo synthesis of pro-survival signaling components (Tonkovic-Capin et al., 2002). "
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