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Fiziologichnyi Zhurnal

is a scientific journal issued by the

Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Editor-in-chief: V.F. Sagach

The journal was founded in 1955 as
1955 – 1977 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0015 – 3311)
1978 – 1993 "Fiziologicheskii zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
1994 – 2016 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
2017 – "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 2522-9028)

Fiziol. Zh. 2016; 62(6): 9-18

The role of hydrogen sulfide in diastolic function restoration during aging

K.O. Drachuk, N.A. Dorofeyeva, V.F. Sagach

    O.O. Bogomolets Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv


The objective of the study was to examine the effect of exogenous hydrogen sulfide donor, sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), on the free radical generation, cNOS uncoupling in the myocardium, and diastolic function in old rats. To evaluate diastolic function of the heart, we used pressure-volume (PV) conductance catheter system (Millar Instruments, USA). It was shown that H2S levels in the isolated mitochondria and whole heart homogenates obtained from old age rats were significantly lower comparing with adult animals. The markers of combined oxidative and nitrosative stress (the rate of О2•- , •ОН generation, pools of H2O2,diene conjugates, malondialdehyde, uric acid, the activity of iNOS, nitrate reductase, and NO3 - pools) were increased in the old hearts in line with сNOS uncoupling. Such changes in NOS coupling resulted in the loss of diastolic relaxation (decrease of the rate of relaxation of the left ventricle (dp/dtmin) by 33%, 3-times increase of the end-diastolic pressure, 1.5-time increase of the time constant of left ventricular relaxation (Tau g) and 2-time increase of the end-diastolic stiffness). It has been found that NaHS inhibits oxidative and nitrosative stress, restores сNOS coupling and constitutive de novo synthesis of nitric oxide (NO), which promotes an improvement of the diastolic function (increase of the dp/dtmin by 20% and decrease of Tau g by 13%) .

Keywords: aging; cNOS uncoupling; heart; hydrogen sulfide; nitrosative stress; oxidative stress.


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