The Permeability Transition Pore in Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion

  • Andrew P. Halestrap
  • Paul M. Kerr
  • Sabzali Javadov
  • M-Saadah Suleiman


Opening of the permeability transition pore converts mitochondria from organelles whose supply of ATP sustains then in their normal function into organells of death. Conditions during reperfusion after ischemia are optimal for inducing this transition and thus may play a critical role in determining whether the cell recovers. From an understanding of the properties and mechanism of the MPTP, one can devise perfusion protocols that minimize pore opening and improve heart recovery following ischemia. This should lead to better cardioplegia during open-heart surgery. It remains to be established whether the short-term protection of isolated perfused heart, where damage is primarily necrotic, will also be reflected in longer-term recovery, where apoptosis may also play an important role.


Reperfusion Injury Ischemic Precondition Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore Permeability Transition Pore 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew P. Halestrap
    • 1
  • Paul M. Kerr
    • 1
  • Sabzali Javadov
    • 2
  • M-Saadah Suleiman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, Bristol Heart InstituteUniversity of Bristol, British Royal InfirmaryBristolUK
  2. 2.Azerbaijan Medical UniversityBaknAzerbaijan

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