Molecular & Cellular Toxicology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 15–24 | Cite as

Influence of ginsenoside-Re against myocardial infarction in isolated heart

  • Hyoung Bae Kim
  • Kyu Hee Lim
  • Chang-Won Kang
  • Bum Seok Kim
  • Yoon Seok Roh
  • Jungkee Kwon
  • Sokho Kim
  • Sohail Ejaz
  • Jong-Hoon Kim
Original Paper


Ginsenosides, one of the well-known traditional herbal substance, frequently are used in South Korea for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The effects of ginsenoside-Re (G-Re) on ischemia-induced heart were investigated through analyses of hemodynamic change including perfusion pressure, aortic flow, coronary flow, and cardiac output. Myocardial function was recorded. Administration of ginsenoside-Re significantly prevented decreases in perfusion pressure, aortic flow, coronary flow, and cardiac output. The Administration of G-Re significantly recovered all of the hemodynamic parameters, except heart rate, after ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury (perfusion pressure: 78.49±3.98% vs. 66.61±3.3%, aortic flow volume: 59.26±2.29% vs. 42.68±2.17%, coronary flow volume: 74.89±2.88% vs. 52.89±2.81%, and cardiac output: 63.12±3.81% vs. 45.25±3.83%, P<0.01, respectively, normal control as 100%). The intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) content in cardiomyocytes was quantitatively determined. Administration of G-Re significantly prevented [Ca2+]i increase that had been induced by simulated I/R in vitro (P<0.01) in a dose-dependent manner, suggesting that the antiischemic role of G-Re is mediated by the inhibition of [Ca2+]i increase. Over all, we found that the administration of G-Re has cardioprotective effects on the isolated heart. The beneficial effects may be mediated through controlling the level of [Ca2+]i. These results indicate that G-Re has a distinct cardioprotective effect in an isolated rat heart.


Ginsenoside-Re Ischemia-reperfusion injury Hemodynamics 


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© The Korean Society of Toxicogenomics and Toxicoproteomics and Springer Netherlands 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyoung Bae Kim
    • 1
  • Kyu Hee Lim
    • 1
  • Chang-Won Kang
    • 1
  • Bum Seok Kim
    • 2
  • Yoon Seok Roh
    • 2
  • Jungkee Kwon
    • 3
  • Sokho Kim
    • 3
  • Sohail Ejaz
    • 4
  • Jong-Hoon Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Physiology, Biosafety Research Institute, College of Veterinary MedicineChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuKorea
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary MedicineChonbuk National UniversityChonbukKorea
  3. 3.Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary MedicineChonbuk National UniversityChonbukKorea
  4. 4.Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Neurology Unit, Addenbrooke’s HospitalUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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