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Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol 2004, 26(1): 31
ISSN 0379-0355
Copyright 2004 Clarivate Analytics
CCC: 0379-0355
DOI: 10.1358/mf.2004.26.1.793470
 
 
Evaluation of the antidysrhythmic effects of delta- and kappa-opioid receptor agonists and antagonists on calcium chloride-, adrenaline- and ischemia/reperfusion-induced arrhythmias in rats
Valtchanova-Matchouganska, A., Missankov, A., Ojewole, J.A.
 
 
This study was undertaken to evaluate the involvement of delta- and kappa-opioid receptors in both ischemia- and reperfusion-induced arrhythmias, and to elucidate some of the plausible mechanisms conferring antidysrhythmic effects on opioid delta- and kappa-receptor agonists and antagonists. Different models of arrhythmia (calcium chloride [CaCl2]-, adrenaline-, and ischemia/reperfusion-induced arrhythmias) were employed. The following opioid agonists, antagonists and blockers were used in the study: [D-Ala2, D-Leu5]enkephalin (DADLE), a selective delta-receptor agonist; trans-3,4-Dichloro-N-methyl-N-[2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)cyclohexyl]benzeneacetamide (U-50488H), a selective kappa-receptor agonist; Naltriben Methanesul-fonate (NTB), a selective delta2-antagonist with kappa-receptor agonist-like activity; natrindole, a non-selective delta1- and delta2-receptor antagonist; nor-binaltorphimine dehydrochloride (nor-BNI), a selective kappa-receptor antagonist; chelerythrine, a selective protein kinase C inhibitor, and glibenclamide, a selective blocker of ATP-sensitive K channel. Although results of the morphometric, enzymatic, hemodynamic, electrocardiographic and pharmacodynamic studies undertaken suggest that both opioid delta1- and kappa-receptors are involved in the phenomenon of ischemic heart preconditioning (IPC), the antidysrhythmic effects of the opioids seem to be mediated mainly via kappa-receptors. The antidysrhythmic effect of U50488H was found to be a consequence of its beta-blocking activity (which is comparable to that of propranolol, a Class II antiarrhythmic drug) and its ability to prolong myocardial action potential (QT-interval prolongation, which is comparable to that of amiodarone, a Class III antiarrhythmic drug). The antidysrrhythmic effects of the opioid compounds examined were almost completely abolished by glibenclamide or chelerythrine pretreatment. No calcium-channel blocking activity was observed in this investigation. The present observations suggested that opioid receptors displaying well known analgesic properties may have the potential to protect the myocardium during cardiac ischemia at the early stages of myocardial infarction (when early arrhythmias are the most common causes of death).


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