Attenuated glycogenolysis reduces glycolytic catabolite accumulation during ischemia in preconditioned rat hearts

Robert G. Weiss, Cicero P. De Albuquerque, Koenraad Vandegaer, V. P. Chacko, Gary Gerstenblith

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Prior transient episodes of ischemia ('ischemic preconditioning') reduce lactate accumulation and attenuate acidosis during a subsequent prolonged ischemic insult. The mechanisms responsible for attenuated glycolytic catabolite accumulation have not been established but may include earlier exhaustion of glycogen stores, slowed glycogenolysis before complete glycogen depletion, and/or inhibition of glycolysis. Simultaneous repeated measures of myocardial glycogen and the rates of glycolysis, glycogenolysis, glucose utilization, and glycolytic ATP production were obtained during total ischemia by 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in control and ischemia-preconditioned isolated rat hearts. Both [13C]glycolytic and [13C]glycogenolytic rates were significantly lower during total ischemia in preconditioned compared with control hearts (0.77±0.04 versus 1.06±0.06 μmol/min per gram wet weight [P<.01] for glycolysis and 0.15±0.07 versus 0.78±0.12 μmol/min per gram wet weight [P<.001] for glycogenolysis, respectively, at 2.5 minutes of ischemia). Slowed glycolysis was present even during the early minutes of ischemia, when significant amounts of available [13C]glycogen were still present. Importantly, the reduction in the rate of glycogenolysis was larger and out of proportion to the reduction in glycolysis and occurred despite an increase in glucose utilization in preconditioned hearts (2.23±0.15 versus 1.5±0.10 μmol/min per gram wet weight at 1.25 minutes, P<.01). During early ischemia, conversion of glycogen phosphorylase to the a or 'active' form was less in preconditioned than in control hearts (29.1±2.6% versus 41.2±9.8%, respectively; P<.05). Taken together, these findings demonstrate that ischemic preconditioning significantly depresses glycolytic catabolite accumulation during sustained ischemia not by more severe glycolytic inhibition or exhaustion of glycogen stores but by depressed glycogenolysis from the onset of ischemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-446
Number of pages12
JournalCirculation research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance
  • glycogen
  • glycolysis
  • lactate
  • phosphorylase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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