Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology vol:23 issue:1 pages:1-11
Mitochondrial respiration parameters were studied in mitochondria isolated from normal, ischemic and post-ischemic rabbit hearts. Mitochondrial function was related to tissue content of high energy phosphates (HEP) and cardiac function in the isolated working rabbit heart preparation. It was found that after 10 and 20 mins of global normothermic ischemia followed by 20 mins of Langendorff reperfusion, mitochondrial function and HEP content of the myocardium were not significantly diminished. Myocardial creatine phosphate even showed a significant overshoot as compared to the pre-ischemic condition. When these hearts were allowed to perform work, recovery of cardiac function was incomplete while mitochondrial function and HEP content remained in the normal range. Prolonged ischemia (30 mins) resulted in a significant depression of mitochondrial function and myocardial ATP content during and after ischemia. Recovery of contractile function was severely depressed. These results show that impaired cardiac function after a mild ischemic insult (myocardial stunning) can be associated with near normal mitochondrial function and HEP contents.