Superoxide dismutase plus catalase improve contractile function in the canine model of the "stunned myocardium"

Circ Res. 1986 Jan;58(1):148-56. doi: 10.1161/01.res.58.1.148.


Fifteen minutes of coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion does not result in myocardial necrosis; however, the contractile function and high energy phosphate content of the previously ischemic myocardium remains depressed or "stunned" for several hours to days after reperfusion. Oxygen-derived free radicals have been implicated in ischemia and reperfusion-induced injury in a variety of tissues. We wished to determine whether administration of free radical scavengers superoxide dismutase plus catalase before and during occlusion, and throughout reperfusion, could attenuate the "stunning" produced by 15 minutes of left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion in anesthetized, open-chest dogs. Segment shortening in the previously ischemic zone recovered to within only +/- 10% of preinfusion values in the control group during 3 hours of reperfusion, while, in the treated dogs, segment shortening returned to a maximum of 56 +/- 16% of preinfusion at 1 1/2 hours post-reperfusion (P less than 0.0003 compared to controls). Similarly, superoxide dismutase + catalase-treated dogs exhibited improved wall thickening during reperfusion (+30% to +70% of preinfusion values), compared to controls (0% to +10%). However, this improvement in contractile function in the treated group was not accompanied by increased adenosine triphosphate stores in the previously ischemic zone (31.8 +/- 0.8 vs. 28.2 +/- 2.2 nmol/mg protein for control vs. treated groups). Infusion of superoxide dismutase + catalase did not influence blood flow during occlusion or reperfusion. However, the treated group did exhibit a significant decrease in blood pressure during reperfusion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Blood Pressure / drug effects
  • Cardiomyopathies / drug therapy*
  • Cardiomyopathies / etiology
  • Cardiomyopathies / physiopathology
  • Catalase / therapeutic use*
  • Coronary Circulation
  • Coronary Disease / complications*
  • Coronary Disease / pathology
  • Coronary Vessels / physiopathology
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Male
  • Myocardial Contraction*
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Nitroprusside / pharmacology
  • Superoxide Dismutase / therapeutic use*


  • Nitroprusside
  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Catalase
  • Superoxide Dismutase