Effects of ketamine and fentanyl on lung metabolism in perfused rat lungs

D. C. Martin, A. M. Carr, R. R. Livingston, C. A. Watkins

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The effects of ketamine and fentanyl on serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) metabolism, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), and protein synthesis (PS) were investigated in an isolated lung model. Rat lungs were perfused in situ with a blood-free physiological salt solution. The pulmonary vasculature was exposed to ketamine (0.005-2.1 mM) or fentanyl (1.8-4.5 μM) for up to 2 h. After 1 h, accumulation of 5-[14C]hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) by the lung was monitored as an index of 5-HT metabolism. ACE activity was estimated from hydrolysis of [3H]benzoylphenylalanyl-alanyl-proline, a synthetic substrate for the enzyme. [3H]phenylalanine was added to the perfusate after 1 h, and its incorporation into acid-precipitable lung protein was measured over the subsequent hour. Ketamine inhibited 5-HT uptake in a concentration-related manner. The inhibition was characterized as competitive and reversible. Fentanyl had no effect on lung 5-HIAA accumulation. Neither drug altered ACE activity or protein synthesis over the concentration ranges tested. The results indicate an action by ketamine that inhibits the 5-HT membrane-transport process. The different effects observed by ketamine and fentanyl on this process could contribute to the diverse pharmacological properties of these two drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20/3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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