Activation of δ-opioid receptors increases resistance of isolated heart to ischemia/reperfusion: The role of cAMP and intracellular calcium

Yu B. Lishmanov, L. N. Maslov, T. V. Lasukova, A. A. Platonov, P. Oeltgen

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Activation of cardiac δ-opioid receptors (ORs) by their selective agonist DPDPE (154 nM) increased the resistance of perfused rat heart to ischemia/reperfusion injury. Decreased release of creatine phosphokinase to the perfusate and decreased incidence of arrhythmias were observed during reoxygenation. At the same time, opioidergic decrease in left ventricular developed pressure took place both during the preischemic period and after restoring the coronary circulation. All these effects could be prevented by blocking δ-ORs by naltrindole or inhibition of Ca2+-ATPase of sarcoplasmic reticulum by cyclopiazonic acid. δ-OR agonist DPDPE had no effect on cAMP levels in myocardial tissue during the whole experiment. The obtained data suggest that the antiarrhythmic and cytoprotective effects observed after δ-OR stimulation can be realized through the changes in Ca2+ transport at the level of the sarcoplasmic reticulum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalBiology Bulletin
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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