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Role of Nitrosative Stress and Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase Activation in Myocardial Reperfusion Injury

[ Vol. 3 , Issue. 3 ]


Gabor Szabo and Susanne Bahrle   Pages 215 - 220 ( 6 )


Ischemia and reperfusion injury leads to a complex pathophysiological process, which in turn results in the generation of free radicals. Peroxynitrite, a highly reactive species causes DNA single strand breaks, which activates the nuclear enzyme, poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). The activation of PARP leads to an energy consuming inefficient repair cycle with subsequent depletion of NAD+ and ATP pools and necrotic cell death. The present review overviews the pathophysiological role of the peroxynitrite-PARP pathway in cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury with special reference to the therapeutic potential of PARP inhibitors in the treatment of this disease.


nitric oxide (no), peroxynitrite, ischemia reperfusion, dna damage, nad, parp inhibitor, reperfused myocardium, inflammatory pathways


Department of Cardiac Surgery, Im Neuenheimer Feld 110, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.

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