Effects of regional ischemia on the ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ release channel of canine cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum

J Mol Cell Cardiol. 1992 Oct;24(10):1179-88. doi: 10.1016/0022-2828(92)93181-i.


In mammalian myocardium, muscle contraction is regulated by the rapid release of Ca2+ ions through ryanodine-sensitive Ca2+ release channels present in the intracellular membrane compartment, sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). In this study, the effects of regional ischemia on intrinsic SR Ca2+ release channel function were determined by studying the Ca2+ transport and release, and [3H]ryanodine binding properties of whole muscle homogenates and SR-enriched membrane fractions from normal and ischemic myocardium. Measurement of oxalate-supported 45Ca(2+)-uptake rates before and after pretreatment with 1 mM ryanodine, indicated that the SR Ca2+ release channel retained its ability to be effectively closed by the channel-specific probe ryanodine after 15 and 60 min of ischemia. 45Ca2+ efflux from, and high-affinity [3H]ryanodine binding to SR-enriched vesicle fractions indicated retention of regulation of Ca2+ release channel activity by Ca2+, Mg2+ and adenine nucleotide in 15 and 60 min ischemic samples. Further, sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel and immunoblot analysis revealed no proteolytic degradation of the M(r) 565,000 SR Ca2+ release channel polypeptide after 15 and 60 min of ischemia. These results suggested a minimal, if any, loss of intrinsic SR Ca2+ release channel function in ischemic hearts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Calcium Channels / drug effects
  • Calcium Channels / metabolism*
  • Dogs
  • Muscle Contraction / drug effects
  • Myocardial Ischemia / metabolism*
  • Ryanodine / pharmacology*
  • Sarcoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism*


  • Calcium Channels
  • Ryanodine
  • Calcium