Journal article

Prior heat stress improves survival of ischemic-reperfused skeletal muscle in vivo

DA Lepore, JV Hurley, AG Stewart, WA Morrison, RL Anderson

MUSCLE & NERVE | JOHN WILEY & SONS INC | Published : 2000


The ability of heat stress to improve the survival of ischemic-reperfused skeletal muscle in vivo was investigated. Ischemia-reperfusion was applied using the rat hindlimb tourniquet model. The viability of ischemic-reperfused muscle (11 +/- 1%) was increased by prior mild heat stress (86 +/- 2%). To investigate whether heat shock protein 70 (Hsp 70) expression in the muscle of the heated limb was responsible for this protection, the survival of Hsp 70-expressing transduced myoblasts and myocytes was measured after exposure to mediators of ischemia-reperfusion injury. Survival was improved in Hsp 70-positive myoblasts but not in myocytes, suggesting that the mechanism of protection conferred..

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