N-Acetylcysteine Improves Glycogenesis after Segmental Liver Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury in Pigs
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Objective: N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antioxidative molecule known to protect liver tissue from oxygen radical species generated during ischemia and reperfusion. Nutritional and toxicology studies have shown that NAC also improves glucose metabolism and glycogen stores. We hypothesized that NAC improves glycogenesis and that impaired glycogenesis is a key element in ischemia-reperfusion injury.
Material and Methods: In an experimental model, 80 minutes of segmental liver ischemia was induced in 16 pigs and the reperfusion was followed for 360 minutes. Eight animals received NAC 150 mg/kg as a bolus injection followed by an infusion of NAC 50 mg/kg/h intravenously.
Results: AST and leukocyte density were lower in the NAC-treated animals, unrelated to the glutathione levels or apoptosis. Glycogen stores returned to a higher degree in the NAC treated animals and microdialysis revealed lower levels of lactate during the reperfusion phase. Nitrite/Nitrate levels in the NAC group were lower in both serum and microdialysate, indicating that NAC scavenges radical nitrosative species (RNS).
Conclusions: NAC treatment improves glycogenesis after liver ischemia and reperfusion injury and reduces the level of intraparenchymal lactate during reperfusion, possibly due to the scavenging of RNS.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-68649DiVA: diva2:419260