Lazaroid U74500A is superior to U74006F in preserving rabbit heart for 24 hours

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Lazaroid, a series of 21-aminosteroids, has been shown to reduce free-radical–mediated injury after ischemia and reperfusion. Recent in vitro studies have demonstrated that, among the various compounds studied, the most efficient agent was U74500A. The question is whether these findings apply to the whole heart experiencing ischemia-reperfusion injury. In this study we compared the myocardial protective effects of U74006F, the only clinical candidate, and U74500A.


An isolated rabbit heart preparation perfused with the blood from a support rabbit was used. All hearts were divided into three groups according to the administration of U74500A (4 mg/kg, group A; n = 7), U74006F (4 mg/kg, group F; n = 7), or solvent (group S; n = 7) to the donor rabbit before preservation. After 24 hours of preservation with University of Wisconsin solution at 0°C, all hearts were perfused with cross-circulated blood for 60 minutes with the Langendorff mode followed by 40 minutes in the working mode.


After 10 minutes of reperfusion the serum lipid peroxide levels were significantly (p < 0.05) lower in group A (0.62 ± 0.31 nmol/mL) than those in group S (2.1 ± 1.3 nmol/mL) and group F (1.0 ± 0.6 nmol/mL). The aortic flow rate at 10 mm Hg of left atrial pressure was significantly higher in group A (164 ± 37 mL/min) than that of other groups (71 ± 28 mL/min in group S and 97 ± 28 mL/min in group F). There were no significant differences in high-energy phosphate levels after reperfusion among the three groups.


These data imply that U74500A inhibits lipid peroxidation and prevents ischemia-reperfusion injury more efficiently than U74006F.

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