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Coenzyme Q10 treatment improves the tolerance of the senescent myocardium to pacing stress in the rat.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9876329     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: In elderly patients the results of cardiac interventions are inferior to those in the young. A possible contributing factor is an age-related reduction in cellular energy transduction during the intervention which may induce aerobic or ischemic stress. To investigate whether coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) improves the response to aerobic stress, functional recoveries of senescent and young rat hearts after rapid pacing were compared with or without CoQ10. METHODS: Young (4.8 +/- 0.1 months) and senescent (35.3 +/- 0.2 months) rats were given daily intraperitoneal injections of CoQ10 (4 mg/kg) or vehicle for 6 weeks. Their isolated hearts were rapidly paced at 510 beats per minute for 120 min to induce aerobic stress without ischemia. RESULTS: In senescent hearts pre-pacing cardiac work was 74% and oxygen consumption (MVO2) 66% of that in young hearts. CoQ10 treatment abolished these differences. After pacing, the untreated senescent hearts, compared to young, showed reduced recovery of pre-pacing work, (16.8 +/- 4.3 vs. 44.5 +/- 7.4%; P < 0.01). CoQ10 treatment in senescent hearts improved recovery of work, (48.1 +/- 4.1 vs. 16.8 +/- 4.3%; P < 0.0001) and MVO2 (82.1 +/- 2.8 vs. 61.3 +/- 4.0%; P < 0.01) in treated versus untreated hearts respectively. Post-pacing levels of these parameters in CoQ10 treated senescent hearts were as high as in young hearts. CONCLUSIONS: (1) Senescent rat hearts have reduced baseline function and reduced tolerance to aerobic stress compared to young hearts. (2) Pre-treatment with CoQ10 improves baseline function of the senescent myocardium and its tolerance to aerobic stress.
M A Rowland; P Nagley; A W Linnane; F L Rosenfeldt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiovascular research     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0008-6363     ISO Abbreviation:  Cardiovasc. Res.     Publication Date:  1998 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-02-02     Completed Date:  1999-02-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0077427     Medline TA:  Cardiovasc Res     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiac Surgical Research Unit, Baker Medical Research Institute, Prahran, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Adenosine Diphosphate / metabolism
Adenosine Monophosphate / metabolism
Analysis of Variance
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial*
Heart / drug effects,  physiology*
Mitochondria, Heart / metabolism
Myocardial Contraction / drug effects*
Oxygen Consumption / drug effects
Random Allocation
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Ubiquinone / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
1339-63-5/Ubiquinone; 58-64-0/Adenosine Diphosphate; 61-19-8/Adenosine Monophosphate

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