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

Dan 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)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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