Effects of Nd3+ on Calcium-Dependent Processes in Isolated Rat Heart Mitochondria and Frog Heart Muscle

  • S. M. KorotkovEmail author
  • C. V. Sobol
  • I. V. Schemarova
  • V. V. Furaev
  • A. V. Novozhilov
  • V. P. Nesterov


The inotropic and chronotropic effects of neodymium ions (Nd3+) on the heart muscle of a frog Rana ridibunda and the influence of Nd3+ on respiration, swelling, and potential (∆Ψmito) of Ca2+-loaded rat heart mitochondria (RHM) were studied. It was found that Nd3+ reduced the amplitude and frequency of spontaneous heart contraction (Fmax); Nd3+ also prevented a short-term increase in Ca2+-induced basal respiration of mitochondria and their swelling in salt media, as well as a decrease of ∆Ψmito on the inner mitochondrial membrane (IMM). At the same time, Nd3+ slightly affected mitochondrial respiration in state 3 or in 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP)-uncoupled state. These effects of Nd3+ may indicate that Nd3+ inhibits the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP) opening, which is formed in calcium loaded mitochondria. The data obtained are important for a better understanding of the mechanisms of action of rare earth elements on Ca2+-dependent processes in the myocardium of vertebrates.


myocardium inotropic effect contractility Nd3+ Ca2+ mitochondrial respiration ∆Ψmito 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Korotkov
    • 1
    Email author
  • C. V. Sobol
    • 1
  • I. V. Schemarova
    • 1
  • V. V. Furaev
    • 1
  • A. V. Novozhilov
    • 1
  • V. P. Nesterov
    • 1
  1. 1.Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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