ROS are required for rapid reactivation of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger in hypoxic reoxygenated guinea pig ventricular myocytes

B. N. Eigel, H. Gursahani, R. W. Hadley

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The cardiac Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) contributes to cellular injury during hypoxia, as its altered function is largely responsible for a rise in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+] i). In addition, the NCX in guinea pig ventricular myocytes undergoes profound inhibition during hypoxia and rapid reactivation during reoxygenation. The mechanisms underlying these changes in NCX activity are likely complex due to the participation of multiple inhibitory factors including altered cytosolic Na+ concentration, pH, and ATP. Our main hypothesis is that oxidative stress is an essential trigger for rapid NCX reactivation in guinea pig ventricular myocytes and is thus a critical factor in determining the timing and magnitude of Ca2+ overload. This hypothesis was evaluated in cardiac myocytes using fluorescent indicators to measure [Ca2+]i and oxidative stress. An NCX antisense oligonucleotide was used to decrease NCX protein expression in some experiments. Our results indicate that NCX activity is profoundly inhibited in hypoxic guinea pig ventricular myocytes but is reactivated within 1-2 min of reoxygenation at a time of rising oxidative stress. We also found that several interventions to decrease oxidative stress including antioxidants and diazoxide prevented NCX reactivation and Ca2+ overload during reoxygenation. Furthermore, application of exogenous H2O2 was sufficient by itself to reactivate the NCX during sustained hypoxia and could reverse the suppression of reoxygenation-mediated NCX reactivation by diazoxide. These data suggest that elevated oxidative stress in reoxygenated guinea pig ventricular myocytes is required for rapid NCX reactivation, and thus reactivation should be viewed as an active process rather than being due to the simple decline of NCX inhibition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H955-H963
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number3 55-3
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Antioxidants
  • Diazoxide
  • Heart
  • Hypoxia
  • Ischemia
  • Sodium-calcium exchanger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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