Objective: This study utilizes fluorescence cryoimaging to quantitatively assess the effect of a high dose of irradiation on rat renal metabolism through redox state. Introduction: Exposure to high doses of irradiation could lead to death, in part, due to renal dysfunction. The kidney is one of the most sensitive organs that exhibit delayed injuries in survivors of acute radiation syndrome. In this study, optical cryoimaging was utilized to examine the potential for renal mitochondrial dysfunction after partial-body irradiation (PBI) and the mitigating effect of lisinopril-treatment, an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor that is FDA-approved for other indications. Materials and methods: Rats were exposed to a single dose of 13 Gy leg-out partial body irradiation (PBI, by X-rays). Rats (n = 5/group) received no further treatment, or lisinopril started one week after irradiation and continued at 24 mg/m2 /day. The non-irradiated siblings were used as controls. After 150 days, the rats were sacrificed, and their kidneys harvested and snap frozen in liquid nitrogen for later cryoimaging. The 3D images of metabolic indices (NADH and FAD) were captured, and the redox ratio i.e. NADH/FAD was calculated. The mitochondrial redox state of three groups of rat kidneys were quantified by calculating the volumetric mean of redox ratio images (RR). Results: 3D cryoimaging revealed that in PBI only kidneys, the metabolic marker (RR) decreased significantly by 78% compared to non-irradiated controls. Treatment with lisinopril significantly improved the RR by 93% in groups exposed to PBI. Conclusion: This study aimed at quantifying the level of the mitochondrial redox state of irradiated rat kidneys compared to non-irradiated kidneys (controls) and the efficacy of lisinopril to preserve kidney metabolism after irradiation. PBI oxidized the metabolic state of kidneys and lisinopril mitigated the radiation-induced injury on renal mitochondria.
Whole thoracic irradiation (WTI) is known to cause deterioration in cardiac function. Whether irradiation predisposes the heart to further ischemia and reperfusion (IR) injury is not well known. The aim of this study is to examine the susceptibility of rat hearts to IR injury following a single fraction of 15 Gy WTI and to investigate the role of mitochondrial metabolism in the differential susceptibility to IR injury. After day 35 of irradiation, ex vivo hearts from irradiated and nonirradiated rats (controls) were exposed to 25-min global ischemia followed by 60-min IR, or hearts were perfused without IR for the same protocol duration [time controls (TC)]. Online fluorometry of metabolic indices [redox state: reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), oxidized flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), and NADH/FAD redox ratio] and functional variables [systolic left ventricular pressure (LVP), diastolic LVP (diaLVP), coronary flow (CF), and heart rate were recorded in the beating heart; developed LVP (dLVP) and rate pressure product (RPP)] were derived. At the end of each experimental protocol, hearts were immediately snap frozen in liquid N2 for later three-dimensional imaging of the mitochondrial redox state using optical cryoimaging. Irradiation caused a delay in recovery of dLVP and RPP after IR when compared to nonirradiated hearts but recovered to the same level at the end of reperfusion. CF in the irradiated hearts recovered better than the control hearts after IR injury. Both fluorometry and 3-D cryoimaging showed that in WTI and control hearts, the redox ratio increased during ischemia (reduced) and decreased on reperfusion (oxidized) when compared to their respective TCs; however, there was no significant difference in the redox state between WTI and controls. In conclusion, our results show that although irradiation of rat hearts compromised baseline cardiovascular function, it did not alter cardiac mitochondrial redox state and induce greater susceptibility of these hearts to IR injury.
Objective: This study utilizes fluorescence microscopy to assess the effect of the oxygen tension on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in mitochondria of fetal pulmonary artery endothelial cells (FPAECs). Introduction: Hypoxia is a severe oxygen stress, which mostly causes irreversible injury in lung cells. However, in some studies, it is reported that hypoxia decreases the severity of injuries. In this study, ROS production level was examined in hypoxic FPAECs treated with pentachlorophenol (PCP, uncoupler). This work was accomplished by monitoring and quantifying the changes in the level of the produced ROS in hypoxic cells before and after PCP treatment. Materials and methods: The dynamic of the mitochondrial ROS production in two groups of FPAECs was measured over time using time-lapse microscopy. For the first group, cells were incubated in 3% hypoxic condition for 2 hours and then continuously were exposed to hypoxic condition for imaging as well. For the second group, cells were incubated in normal oxygen condition. Time lapse images of the cells loaded with Mito-SOX (ROS indicator) were acquired, and the red fluorescence intensity profile of the cells was calculated. Changes in the level of the fluorescence intensity profile while they are treated with PCP indicates the dynamics of the ROS level. Results: The intensity profiles of the PCP-treated cells in the first group showed 47% lower ROS production rate than the PCP-treated cells in the second group. Conclusion: Time lapse microscopy revealed that hypoxic cells have lower ROS generation while treated with PCP. Therefore, this result suggests that hypoxia decreased electron transport chain activity in uncoupled chain.