Energy-wasteful total Ca2+ handling underlies increased O2 cost of contractility in canine stunned heart

Shinyu Lee, Junichi Araki, Takeshi Imaoka, Masaki Maesako, Gentaro Iribe, Katsumasa Miyaji, Satoshi Mohri, Juichiro Shimizu, Mine Harada, Tohru Ohe, Masahisa Hirakawa, Hiroyuki Suga

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Postischemic myocardial stunning halved left ventricular contractility [end-systolic maximum elastance (E(max))] and doubled the O2 cost of E(max) in excised cross-circulated canine heart. We hypothesized that this increased O2 cost derived from energy-wasteful myocardial Ca2+ handling consisting of a decreased internal Ca2+ recirculation, some futile Ca2+ cycling, and a depressed Ca2+ reactivity of E(max). We first calculated the internal Ca2+ recirculation fraction (RF) from the exponential decay component of postextrasystolic potentiation. Stunning significantly accelerated the decay and decreased RF from 0.63 to 0.43 on average. We then combined the decreased RF with the halved E(max) and its doubled O2 cost and analyzed total Ca2+ handling using our recently developed integrative method. We found a decreased total Ca2+ transport and a considerable shift of the relation between futile Ca2+ cycling and Ca2+ reactivity in an energy-wasteful direction in the stunned heart. These changes in total Ca2+ handling reasonably account for the doubled O2 cost of E(max) in stunning, supporting the hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H1464-H1472
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number5 47-5
Publication statusPublished - May 2000


  • End-systolic maximum elastance
  • Mechanoenergetics
  • Postextrasystolic potentiation
  • Stunning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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