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The effects of Compound II, a sotalol analogue, on spontaneous electrical activity and on three membrane currents (the delayed rectifier current, iK, the long-lasting inward calcium current, i(Ca,L) and hyperpolarization activated inward current, i(f)) were investigated in rabbit isolated sino-atrial node cells by whole cell clamp with amphotericin-permeabilised patches. A submaximal concentration of Compound II (50 nM) had a significant effect on the time and voltage dependent activation of iK and caused a positive shift of the iK activation curve. As well as blocking i(Kr), it caused some degree of block of i(Ks). Block of iK by Compound II was found to be concentration dependent with an IC50 of approximately 40 nM. 1 microM Compound II nearly completely blocked iK without significantly affecting the peak current or I/V relationships of i(Ca,L) or i(f). 50 nM Compound II caused a significant prolongation of APD100 and of cycle length. It also decreased diastolic depolarization rate without significantly affecting MDP and action potential amplitude. It is concluded that Compound II, a sotalol analogue, slows spontaneous activity of isolated rabbit SA node cells through a selective inhibition of iK.


Journal article


Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol

Publication Date





260 - 267


Action Potentials, Animals, Anti-Arrhythmia Agents, Calcium Channels, Ion Channels, Membrane Potentials, Rabbits, Sinoatrial Node, Sotalol