Enhancing the cardioprotective effect of diadenosine tetraphosphate: designing inhibitors against Ap4A hydrolase

Grant number: 251679


Ischemia describes the condition where blood flow in the blood vessels of the heart is decreased or blocked, preventing delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the heart. Ischemic preconditioning is a phenomenon where short bursts of ischemia, followed by reperfusion, actually protect the heart from a subsequent longer period of ischemia. The biochemical signalling events involved in preconditioning are complex and incompletely defined, but most likely involve multiple pathways, although the mitochondrial ATP-dependent potassium channel may be in common with most pathways. Pretreatment with the compound diadenosine tetraphosphate (Ap4A) mimics ischemic preconditioning with noticeable reductions ..

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