Exposure to cigarette smoke abrogates the beneficial effect of ischemic postconditioning

Sofia Iris Bibli, Ioanna Andreadou, Constantinos Glynos, Athanasia Chatzianastasiou, Dimitris Toumpanakis, Spyros Zakynthinos, Theodoros Vasilakopoulos, Efstathios K. Iliodromitis, Andreas Papapetropoulos

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Cigarette smoking is one of the risk factors for coronary artery disease. Although conditioning decreases infarct size in hearts from healthy animals, comorbidities may render it ineffective. We investigated the effects of cigarette smoke (CS) exposure on intracellular myocardial signaling, infarct size after ischemia-reperfusion, and the potential interference with ischemic conditioning. Exposure of mice to CS increased blood pressure, caused cardiac hypertrophy, and upregulated the nitric oxide synthatse (NOS)/soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC)/cGMP pathway. To test the effect of CS exposure on the endogenous cardioprotective mechanisms, mice were subjected to regional myocardial ischemia and reperfusion with no further intervention or application of preconditioning (PreC) or postconditioning (PostC). Exposure to CS did not increase the infarction compared with the room air (RA)-exposed group. PreC was beneficial for both CS and RA vs. nonconditioned animals. PostC was effective only in RA animals, while the infarct size-limiting effect was not preserved in the CS group. Differences in oxidative stress markers, Akt, and endothelial NOS phosphorylation and cGMP levels were observed between RA and CS groups subjected to PostC. In conclusion, exposure to CS does not per se increase infarct size. The beneficial effect of ischemic PreC is preserved in mice exposed to CS, as it does not affect the cardioprotective signaling; in contrast, PostC fails to protect CS-exposed mice due to impaired activation of the Akt/eNOS/cGMP axis that occurs in parallel to enhanced oxidative stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H1321-H1332
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016


  • Cigarette smoke
  • Conditioning
  • Infarct size
  • cGMP
  • eNOS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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