The aim of this work was to evaluate whether physical exercise influences the relaxing responses to acetylcholine in pulmonary artery from rats submitted to lung ischemia/reperfusion (IR).
Methods and results
Expression of endothelial and neuronal NOS (eNOS and nNOS), p47phox subunit of NAD(P)H oxidase, and Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD-1) in the pulmonary artery, together with measurement of cyclic GMP (cGMP) concentration have been performed to further elucidate the improvement of endothelium-dependent relaxing response by regular physical exercise after lung IR. Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups: sham operated-sedentary (SHAM/SD); ischemia/reperfusion sedentary (IR/SD) and ischemia/reperfusion trained (IR/TR). Run training was performed for 5 days/week, each session of 60 min, at a speed of 1.2 km/h and 0% grade during 8 weeks. Left pulmonary IR was performed by occluding the pulmonary artery, bronchus and pulmonary vein for 90 min and reperfusing for 120 min. After that, pulmonary arteries were isolated and the relaxing responses to acetylcholine, at the pEC80 level, were obtained. Protein expression for eNOS, nNOS, SOD-1, p47phox subunit of NAD(P)H oxidase, and cGMP concentration were determined. The relaxing responses for acetylcholine in pulmonary artery, at the pEC80 level, were significantly increased in IR/TR (6.48 ± 0.04) group as compared to sedentary animals (SHAM/SD: 6.15 ± 0.03 and IR/SD: 6.12 ± 0.03 groups). This improvement of relaxing response was positively associated with a marked increase on cGMP concentration in IR/TR group as compared to sedentary groups, approximately 110 and 190% for SHAM/SD and IR/SD group, respectively (Figure 1). Either lung IR or exercise training failed to provoke any alterations in the protein expression for eNOS, nNOS, SOD-1 and p47phox subunit of NAD(P)H oxidase (Figure 2).
Our study is the first to show that aerobic exercise training prior to lung IR promotes beneficial effect in the endothelium-dependent relaxing response that was partially associated with increase in cGMP concentration in rat pulmonary artery suggesting that physical exercise might be an important and additional approach to prevent the deleterious effect of lung IR.
The authors are grateful to Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP).
Department of Physical Education, University of São Paulo State
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of São Paulo
Department of Pharmacology, State University of Campinas