ATP-sensitive potassium channels (Katp) in fish cardiac muscle during anoxia and recovery

MacCormack, Tyson (2001) ATP-sensitive potassium channels (Katp) in fish cardiac muscle during anoxia and recovery. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Cardiac muscle from anoxia tolerant and intolerant fishes was used to investigate the importance of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) in the control of anaerobic cardiac function. KATP channels contribute to anaerobic cardioprotection in mammals yet little is known of their action in more hypoxia tolerant animals. Isometrically contracting ventricular muscle preparations were used to study sarcolemmal and mitochondrial KATP channel activity in the myocardium of three species of teleost fishes (Lipossarcus pardalis'm Limanda ferruginea. and Gadus morhua) with varying cardiac hypoxia tolerances. Channel activity was assessed pharmacologically using the non-specific KATP channel blocker glibenclamide, the mitochondrial specific blocker 5-hydroxydecanoic acid and the agonist, diazoxide to determine the involvment of KATP channels in anaerobic cardiac performance. Results suggest that cardiac KATP channels from hypoxia tolerant fishes are tonically active, resulting in a constant cardioprotection similar to the preconditioned state which can be induced by various methods in mammalian hearts. These studies clearly show that KATP channels are important for anaerobic cardiac function in anoxia tolerant fish.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1133
Item ID: 1133
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Biology
Date: 2001
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Fishes--Cardiovascular system; Potassium channels

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