Acta Med. 2003, 46: 171-174

Cardiac Troponins Following Repeated Administration of an Iron Chelator – Salicylaldehyd Isonicotinoyl Hydrazone (SIH) – in Rabbits

Michaela Adamcováa, Martin Štěrbab, Ivona Klimtovác, Tomáš Šimůnekc, Radomír Hrdinac, Vladimír Geršlb, Přemysl Poňkad

aCharles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Department of Physiology, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
bCharles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Department of Pharmacology, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
cCharles University in Prague, Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
dMcGill University, Department of Physiology and Medicine, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Received July 1, 2003
Accepted August 1, 2003

Both cardiac troponin T (cTnT) and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) are considered to be reliable biomarkers with sufficient sensitivity and specificity for cardiac injury in the majority of laboratory animals. The aim of our study was to compare the diagnostic performance of cTnT and cTnI in three groups of rabbits: 1) control (saline 1 ml/kg i.v.); 2) Salicylaldehyd Isonicotinoyl Hydrazone – SIH (50 mg/kg, once weekly, i.p.; partially dissolved in 10 % Cremophor solution); 3) 10 % Cremophor solution in water (2 ml/kg i.v.). The drugs were given once a week, 10 administrations. The concentration of cTnT was measured using Elecsys Troponin T STAT Immunoassay (Roche). The concentration of cTnI was measured using AxSYM Troponin I (Abbott). The linear regression model was applied to see if there is a dependence between cTnT and cTnI. The coefficient of determination was not acceptable in all groups. The highest value of R2 was found in the control group (R2 = 0.424). We may conclude that in rabbits meaningful dependence between cTnT and cTnI was not found. According to our long-term experiences cTnT seems to be more suitable cardiomarker in rabbits in comparison with cTnI where the data are characterized by the large scatter.


This study was supported by a Grant GA CR 305/03/1511 and by Research Projects MSM 111500002.


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