The effects of anoxia were studied in freshly isolated rat hepatocytes maintained in agarose gel threads and perfused with Krebs-Henseleit bicarbonate buffer (KHB). Cytosolic free calcium (Ca2+ i) was measured with aequorin, intracellular sodium (Na+ i) with SBFI, intracellular pH (pHi) with BCECF, lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) by the increase in NADH absorbance during lactate oxidation to pyruvate, ATP by 31P NMR spectroscopy in real time, and intracellular free Mg2+ (Mg2+ i) from the chemical shift of β- ATP relative to α-ATP in the NMR spectra. Anoxia was induced by perfusing the cells with KHB saturated with 95% N2, 5% CO2. After 1 h of anoxia, β-ATP fell 66%, and 85% after 2 h, while the Pi/ATP ratio increased 10-fold from 2.75 to 28.3. Under control conditions, the resting cytosolic free calcium was 127 ± 6 nM. Anoxia increased Ca2+ i in two distinct phases: a first rise occurred within 15 min and reached a mean value of 389 ± 35 nM (p <0.001). A second peak reached a maximum value of 1.45 ± 0.12 μM (p <0.001) after 1 h. During the first hour of anoxia, Na+ i increased from 15.9 ± 2.4 mM to 32.2 ± 1.2 mM (p <0.001), Mg2+ i doubled from 0.51 ± 0.05 to 1.12 ± 0.01 mM (p <0.001), and pHi decreased from 7.41 ± 0.03 to 7.06 ± 0.1 (p <0.001). LDH release doubled during the first hour and increased 6-fold during the second hour of anoxia. Upon reoxygenation, ATP, Ca2+ i, Mg2+ i, Na+ i, and LDH returned near the control levels within 45 min. To determine whether the increased LDH release was related to the rise in Ca2+ i, and whether the increased Ca2+ i was caused by Ca2+ influx, the cells were perfused with Ca2+-free KHB (+ 0.1 mM EGTA) during the anoxic period. After 2 h of anoxia in Ca2+-free medium, β-ATP again fell 90%, but Ca2+ i, after the first initial peak, fell below control levels, and LDH release increased only 2.7-fold. During reoxygenation, Ca2+ i, ATP, Na+ i, and LDH returned near the control levels within 45 min. These results suggest that the rise in Ca2+ i induced by anoxia is caused by an influx of Ca2+ from the extracellular fluid, and that LDH release and cell injury may be related to the resulting rise in Ca2+ i.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 5 1992|
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