Concurrent measurement of (Na+,K+)-ATPase activity and lipid peroxides in rat brain following reversible global ischemia

William J. Goldberg, Brant D. Watson, Raul Busto, Harry Kurchner, Mercedes Santiso, Myron D. Ginsberg

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Lipid peroxides, quantitated as lipid conjugated dienes, and (Na+,K+)-ATPase activity were assayed concurrently in brains of control rats and in three groups subjected to 30 min of reversible forebrain ischemia followed by 0, 1, and 4 hr of recirculation. Multiple small samples were taken from lateral, dorsolateral and medial cortex, hippocampus, thalamus and striatum following in situ freezing. (Na+,K+)-ATPase activity was elevated in hippocampus, dorsolateral and lateral cortex (P<0.10) and in thalamus (P<0.05) following 30 min ischemia. ATPase activity in medial cortex continued to increase during the first 1 hr of recirculation (P<0.10). Following 4 hr of recirculation, decreased enzyme activities were observed in all of these regions (lateral cortex and hippocampus, P<0.10). No changes in ATPase activity were observed in samples from striatum. Of the regional samples assayed for lipid peroxide content, the incidence of conjugated dienes as a function of recirculation time was 6% (0 hr), 23% (1 hr), and 17% (4 hr). For these samples, plots of normalized ATPase activity vs. tissue conjugated diene concentration revealed that normalized ATPase activity varied with recirculation time, but was independent of the magnitude of the lipid peroxidative process (expressed in terms of tissue conjugated diene concentration). These results suggest that disturbances in membrane structure and function presumed to arise from lipid peroxidation are not responsible for the behavior of the ATPase under the current in vivo conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1737-1747
Number of pages11
JournalNeurochemical Research
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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