Dec 26, 2001

Stage-specific skeletal and visceral defects of the I(Kr)-blocker almokalant: further evidence for teratogenicity via a hypoxia-related mechanism

Anna-Carin SköldB R Danielsson


As a class effect, potent I(Kr)-blockers have been shown to induce stage-specific external malformations. The aim of this study was to investigate whether I(Kr)-blockers also induce stage-specific visceral and skeletal defects and to further elucidate a proposed arrhythmia-hypoxia hypothesis. Single oral doses of the selective I(Kr)-blocker almokalant (ALM) 25-150 micromol/kg, 7-14 dams/group, were given to Sprague-Dawley rats on gestation days (GD) 10-14, and the fetuses were examined for malformations on GD 21. One group was pretreated with the spin-trapping agent, alpha-phenyl-N-t-butylnitrone (PBN), given intraperitoneally 1 hr before ALM on GD 11. Cardiac ventricular septum defects and vascular malformations were observed after dosing on GD 10-11 and, to a lesser degree, on GD 12-13. Urogenital defects, absence/malposition of the postcaval lung lobe, and attenuated diaphragm were observed mainly on GD 10-11. Skeletal examination showed a high incidence of vertebral abnormalities on thoracic level on GD 10, on lower thoracic to caudal level on GD 11, and sternebral defects were observed all days. On GD 13 brachy-, oligo-, and syndactyly of the forepaw were induced, and of the hindpaw on GD 14. PBN reduced the incidence of b...Continue Reading

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Entire Diaphragm
Forefoot of Quadruped
H 234-09
Structure of Lobe of Lung
Genitourinary Neoplasms
Skeletal System

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