Effect of exercise training on nitric oxide and superoxide/H 2O 2 signaling pathways in collateral-dependent porcine coronary arterioles

Wei Xie, Janet L. Parker, Cristine L. Heaps

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Endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (NOS) has been shown to contribute to enhanced vascular function after exercise training. Recent studies have revealed that relatively low concentrations of reactive oxygen species can contribute to endothelium-dependent vasodilation under physiological conditions. We tested the hypothesis that exercise training enhances endothelial function via endotheliumderived vasodilators, NO and superoxide/H 2O 2, in the underlying setting of chronic coronary artery occlusion. An ameroid constrictor was placed around the proximal left circumflex coronary artery to induce gradual occlusion in Yucatan miniature swine. At 8 wk postoperatively, pigs were randomly assigned to sedentary (penconfined) or exercise-training (treadmill-run: 5 days/wk for 14 wk) regimens. Exercise training significantly enhanced concentration-dependent, bradykinin-mediated dilation in cannulated collateral-dependent arterioles (∼130 μm diameter) compared with sedentary pigs. NOS inhibition reversed training-enhanced dilation at low bradykinin concentrations in collateral-dependent arterioles, although increased dilation persisted at higher bradykinin concentrations. Total and phosphorylated (Ser 1179) endothelial NOS protein levels were significantly increased in arterioles from collateral-dependent compared with the nonoccluded region, independent of exercise. The H 2O 2 scavenger polyethylene glycol-catalase abolished the trainingenhanced bradykinin-mediated dilation in collateral-dependent arterioles; similar results were observed with the SOD inhibitor diethyldithiocarbamate. Fluorescence measures of bradykinin-stimulated H 2O 2 levels were significantly increased by exercise training, independent of occlusion. The NADPH inhibitor apocynin significantly attenuated bradykinin-mediated dilation in arterioles of exercise-trained, but not sedentary, pigs and was associated with significantly increased protein levels of the NADPH subunit p67phox. These data provide evidence that, in addition to NO, the superoxide/H 2O 2 signaling pathway significantly contributes to exercise training-enhanced endothelium-mediated dilation in collateral-dependent coronary arterioles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1546-1555
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic coronary occlusion
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ischemic heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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