Branched-chain amino acids-induced cardiac protection against ischemia/reperfusion injury

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Title ( eng )
Branched-chain amino acids-induced cardiac protection against ischemia/reperfusion injury
Satomi Shiho
Morio Atsushi
Miyoshi Hirotsugu
Tsutsumi Rie
Sakaue Hiroshi
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Life Sciences
Volume 245
Start Page 117368
Aims: Amino acids, especially branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), have important regulatory roles in protein synthesis. Recently studies revealed that BCAAs protect against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. We studied the signaling pathway and mitochondrial function affecting a cardiac preconditioning of BCAAs.
Main methods: An in vivo model of I/R injury was tested in control, mTOR+/+, and mTOR+/−. Mice were randomly assigned to receive BCAAs, rapamycin, or BCAAs + rapamycin. Furthermore, isolated cardiomyocytes were subjected to simulated ischemia and cell death was quantified. Biochemical and mitochondrial swelling assays were also performed.
Key findings: Mice treated with BCAAs had a significant reduction in infarct size as a percentage of the area at risk compared to controls (34.1 ± 3.9% vs. 44.7 ± 2.6%, P = 0.001), whereas mice treated with the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin were not protected by BCAA administration (42.2 ± 6.5%, vs. control, P = 0.015). This protection was not detected in our hetero knockout mice of mTOR. Western blot analysis revealed no change in AKT signaling whereas activation of mTOR was identified. Furthermore, BCAAs prevented swelling which was reversed by the addition of rapamycin. In myocytes undergoing simulated I/R, BCAA treatment significantly preserved cell viability (71.7 ± 2.7% vs. 34.5 ± 1.6%, respectively, p < 0.0001), whereas rapamycin prevented this BCAA-induced cardioprotective effect (43.5 ± 3.4% vs. BCAA, p < 0.0001).
Significance: BCAA treatment exhibits a protective effect in myocardial I/R injury and that mTOR plays an important role in this preconditioning effect.
Amino acid
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI, Japan [grant number 19K09353].
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Date of Issued 2020-03-15
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[ISSN] 0024-3205
[DOI] 10.1016/j.lfs.2020.117368
[PMID] 32001270
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