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Journal of pharmacological sciences

SCH00013, a novel Ca(2+) sensitizer with positive inotropic and no chronotropic action in heart failure.


PMID 15644593

Abstract

We investigated the effects of the agent SCH00013 on Ca(2+)-induced force generation in rabbit skinned cardiac muscle fibers and in vivo cardiac function in high-pacing-induced heart failure dogs. The Ca(2+)-induced force generation in skinned cardiac muscle fibers was determined at pH 6.2 - 7.4, and SCH00013 was found to have a significant Ca(2+) sensitizing effect at pH 7.2 to 7.4. There was no significant difference in the Ca(2+) sensitizing action between the enantiomers of SCH00013. The Ca(2+) sensitizing effect of SCH00013 was dependent on the sarcomere length, being significant only at a long sarcomere length. SCH00013 elicited a positive inotropic effect at more than 0.3 and 1 mg/kg, i.v. in normal and heart failure dogs, respectively, with no chronotropic action. These results strongly suggested that SCH00013 is a novel Ca(2+) sensitizer that elicits a positive inotropic and no chronotropic effect in heart failure, probably through enhancing the Frank-Starling mechanism.

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