Efficacy of the non-adenosine analogue A1 adenosine receptor agonist (BR-4935) on cardiovascular function after cardiopulmonary bypass

G. Veres, T. Radovits, G. Otila, K. Hirschberg, H. Haider, N. Krieger, A. Knoll, E. Weigang, Z. Szabolcs, M. Karck, G. Szabó

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Background: We tested the hypothesis that pharmacological preconditioning with a newly developed, potent non-adenosine analogue A1AdoR agonist (BR-4935) improves biventricular cardiac and endothelial function after cardiopulmonary bypass. Methods: Twelve anesthetized dogs underwent cardiopulmonary bypass. Dogs were divided into two groups: group 1 (n=6) received saline vehicle, group 2 (n=6) received BR-4935 before cardiopulmonary bypass. Biventricular hemodynamic variables were measured using a combined pressure-volume conductance catheter. Coronary blood flow, ATP content, malondialdehyde and myeloperoxidase levels and vasodilatative responses to acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside were also determined. Results: Administration of the A1AdoR agonist led to a significantly better recovery of left and right ventricular systolic function after 60 minutes of reperfusion. Although the vasodilatative response to sodium nitroprusside was similar in both groups, acetylcholine resulted in a significantly greater increase in coronary blood flow in the BR-4935 group. In addition, the ATP content was significantly higher in the same group. Furthermore, malondialdehyde and myeloperoxidase levels significantly decreased in the A1AdoR group. Conclusion: Pharmacological preconditioning with a new, potent non-adenosine analogue A1AdoR agonist improves biventricular function recovery and endothelial function after hypothermic cardiac arrest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
JournalThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2010



  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Myocardial protection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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