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Protective effects of muscone on ischemia–reperfusion injury in cardiac myocytes

Wu, Qibiao, Li, Haitao, Wu, Ye, Shen, Weixing, Zeng, Li, Cheng, Haibo, He, Ling
Journal of ethnopharmacology 2011 v.138 no.1 pp. 34-39
Western blotting, active ingredients, apoptosis, caspase-3, chest, creatine kinase, flow cytometry, glucose, hypoxia, lactate dehydrogenase, malondialdehyde, medicine, membrane potential, myocytes, neonates, oxidative stress, pain, protective effect, protein synthesis, proteins, rats, superoxide dismutase, viability
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Musk has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine as the main ingredient of many formulations for the treatment of chest pain and angina pectoris. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the protective effects of muscone (the active ingredient of musk) on ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury induced by hypoxia and low glucose in primary cultured rat cardiac myocytes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Primary cultures of neonatal rat cardiac myocytes were subjected to ischemia–reperfusion in media, with or without muscone. Cell viability, release of lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH), superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, creatine kinase (CK) and caspase-3 activities, as well as intracellular free Ca²⁺ concentrations, were measured. Cellular apoptosis and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) were assessed by flow cytometry, and the expression of Bcl-2 and Bax proteins was assessed by Western blotting. RESULTS: Following the exposure of cardiac myocytes to ischemia–reperfusion, there was a marked decrease in pulsating frequency, cell viability, SOD activity, MMP, and the expression of Bcl-2 protein, accompanied by increased LDH release, MDA production, CK and caspase-3 activities, intracellular free Ca²⁺ concentrations, rate of apoptosis, and expression of Bax protein. Pretreatment with muscone (0.215, 0.43, 0.86μg/mL) prior to I/R injury significantly attenuated the above changes. CONCLUSION: Muscone has a protective effect against I/R injury in cardiac myocytes, indicating that muscone may potentially provide therapeutic benefit in I/R injury by inhibiting cellular oxidative stress and apoptosis.