Dopamine 4-sulfate: Effects on isolated perfused rat heart and role of atria

A. H.M. Mahbubul Huq, Suguru Matsuoka, Yoshida Kurahashi, Yasuhiro Kuroda, Je Ma Sook Je Ma, Takeshi Ohuchi, Motoo Oka

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We studied the effects of sulfate conjugate of dopamine on the isolated perfused rat heart (Langendorff preparation). In the experimental group, we removed atria from half number of the hearts. In the hearts with intact atria, dopamine 4-sulfate significantly improved the DT (developed tension), +dT/dt max (maximal rate of contraction), -dT/dt max (maximum rate of relaxation) over baseline values. But when atria were removed, dopamine 4-sulfate had no effect on the mechanical functions of heart. We analysed the effluent perfusate for the free and conjugated catecholamines. In the control group (no drug), and when atria were excised, the free catecholamine levels were negligible. But when the atria were kept intact, the effluent contained significant amount of free dopamine (DA), and norepinephrine (NE). These data suggested that dopamine sulfate had no direct effect on the ventricular muscle of rat heart, but was converted within the atrial tissues into free catecholamines which might be responsible for the positive inotropic actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1599-1606
Number of pages8
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number20
StatePublished - 1988


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