Mild hypothermia markedly reduces ischemia related coronary t-PA release.

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In experimentally induced myocardial ischemia, mild hypothermia (33-35 degrees C) has a robust cardioprotective effect. Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) is a profibrinolytic enzyme that is released from the vascular endothelial cells in response to ischemia and other injurious stimuli. t-PA has also been found to have proinflammatory properties that could contribute to reperfusion injury. We postulated that hypothermia could attenuate t-PA release in the setting of myocardial ischemia. Sixteen 25-30 kg pigs were anesthetized and a temperature of 37 degrees C was established using an intravascular cooling/warming catheter. The pigs were then randomized to hypothermia (34 degrees C) or control (37 degrees C). A doppler flow wire was placed distal to a percutaneous coronary intervention balloon positioned immediately distal to the first diagonal branch of the left anterior descending artery (LAD). The LAD was then occluded for 10 min in all pigs. Coronary blood flow and t-PA was measured before, during and after ischemia/reperfusion. t-PA was measured in peripheral arterial blood and locally in the venous blood from the coronary sinus. Net t-PA release over the coronary bed was calculated by subtraction of arterial values from coronary sinus values. An estimate of differences in total t-PA release was calculated by multiplying net t-PA release with the relative increase in flow compared to baseline, measured in relative units consisting of ((ng/ml - ng/ml) x (cm/s/cm/s)). There was no observed difference in t-PA levels in peripheral arterial samples. As shown previously, net t-PA release increased during reperfusion. Hypothermia significantly inhibited the increase in t-PA release during reperfusion (peak value 9.44 +/- 4.34 ng/ml vs. 0.79 +/- 0.45 ng/ml, P = 0.02). The effect was even more prominent when an estimation of total t-PA release was performed with mean peak value in the control group 26-fold higher than in the hypothermia group (69.74 +/- 33.86 units vs. 2.62 +/- 1.10 units, P = 0.01). Mild hypothermia markedly reduces ischemia related coronary tissue plasminogen activator release. The reduction of t-PA release may contribute to the cardioprotective effect of hypothermia.


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  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • Ischemia, t-PA, Hypothermia
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
JournalJournal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

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