Oct 1, 1994

Effects of E-4031 on atrial fibrillation threshold in guinea pig atria: comparative study with class I antiarrhythmic drugs

Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
M InoueM Nakagawa


The effects of E-4031, a new class III antiarrhythmic agent, on atrial fibrillation threshold (AFT), atrial effective refractory period (ERP), and interatrial conduction time (ACT) were investigated in Langendorff-perfused guinea pig hearts; the results were then compared with those of the class I agents disopyramide, procainamide, lidocaine, and flecainide. Whole guinea pig hearts were perfused with Tyrode's solution containing acetylcholine (ACh 3 x 10(-7) M). The three indexes were measured before and after administration of the test drugs, using right atrial extrastimulus and 50-Hz continuous stimulation. Disopyramide, procainamide, and flecainide (> or = 10(-6) M) significantly increased AFT. Although E-4031 (> or = 3 x 10(-6) M) also increased AFT, this effect was less potent than that observed with the other drugs. E-4031 (> or = 10(-6) M) significantly prolonged ERP, and this prolongation was less pronounced than that observed with disopyramide but similar to that observed with procainamide or flecainide. E-4031 did not affect ACT, and the greatest prolongation of ACT was observed with flecainide. Lidocaine had no effect on any of the indexes. These findings suggest that in guinea pig hearts E-4031 exerts an antifibrill...Continue Reading

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Disopyramide, L-Tartrate, (S)-isomer
Refractory Period, Electrophysiological
Right Atrial Structure
E 4031

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