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ISRN Pharmacology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 303717, 8 pages
Research Article

Effects of Thyroid Hormone Analogue and a Leukotrienes Pathway-Blocker on Reperfusion Injury Attenuation after Heart Transplantation

Surgical Department, Medical College, Kufa University, Kufa Street, Najaf, Iraq

Received 10 July 2013; Accepted 14 August 2013

Academic Editors: A. Fernandez-Guasti and D. K. Miller

Copyright © 2013 Fadhil G. Al-Amran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Global myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury after heart transplantation is believed to impair graft function and aggravate both acute and chronic rejection episodes. Objectives. To assess the possible protective potential of MK-886 and 3,5-diiodothyropropionic acid DITPA against global myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury after heart transplantation. Materials and Methods. Adult albino rats were randomized into 6 groups as follows: group I sham group; group II, control group; groups III and IV, control vehicles (1,2); group V, MK-886 treated group. Donor rats received MK-886 30 min before transplantation, and the same dose was repeated for recipients upon reperfusion; in group VI, DITPA treated group, donors and recipients rats were pretreated with DITPA for 7 days before transplantation. Results. Both MK-886 and DITPA significantly counteract the increase in the levels of cardiac TNF-α, IL-1β, and ICAM-1 and plasma level of cTnI ( ). Morphologic analysis showed that both MK-886 and DITPA markedly improved ( ) the severity of cardiac injury in the heterotopically transplanted rats. Conclusions. The results of our study reveal that both MK-886 and DITPA may ameliorate global myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury after heart transplantation via interfering with inflammatory pathway.