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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 17

of 'Acquired long QT syndrome'

Ibutilide, a methanesulfonanilide antiarrhythmic, is a potent blocker of the rapidly activating delayed rectifier K+ current (IKr) in AT-1 cells. Concentration-, time-, voltage-, and use-dependent effects.
Yang T, Snyders DJ, Roden DM
Circulation. 1995;91(6):1799.
BACKGROUND: Ibutilide is an action potential-prolonging antiarrhythmic currently in clinical trials. The drug shares structural similarities with E-4031 and dofetilide, specific blockers of the rapidly activating delayed rectifier K+ current (IKr). However, previous in vitro studies in guinea pig myocytes have indicated that ibutilide does not block IKr but rather increases a slow inward sodium current.
METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we compared the effects of ibutilide with those of dofetilide on outward current in mouse atrial tumor myocytes (AT-1 cells), a preparation in which, unlike guinea pig, a typical IKr is the major delayed rectifier and can be readily recorded in isolation from other currents. In AT-1 cells, ibutilide and dofetilide were both potent IKr blockers, with EC50 values of 20 (n = 12) and 12 (n = 8) nmol/L, respectively, at +20 mV. The time and voltage dependence of IKr inhibition by the two compounds were virtually identical. The following characteristics were most consistent with open channel block: (1) block increased with depolarizing pulses; (2) block increased with longer pulses; (3) currents deactivated more slowly in the presence of drug, resulting in a "crossover" typical of open channel block; and (4) with repetitive pulsing after drug wash-in, use-dependent block was observed.
CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that the clinical actions of ibutilide are mediated at least in part by block of IKr; an effect on inward currents is not excluded. AT-1 cells are a useful model system for the study of drug block of this important repolarizing current.
Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn 37232-6602.