Differential responses of rabbit ventricular and atrial transient outward current (Ito) to the Ito modulator NS5806

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Transient outward potassium current (Ito) in the heart underlies phase 1 repolarization of cardiac action potentials and thereby affects excitation-contraction coupling. Small molecule activators of Ito may therefore offer novel treatments for cardiac dysfunction, including heart failure and atrial fibrillation. NS5806 has been identified as a prototypic activator of canine Ito This study investigated, for the first time, actions of NS5806 on rabbit atrial and ventricular Ito Whole cell patch-clamp recordings of Ito and action potentials were made at physiological temperature from rabbit ventricular and atrial myocytes. 10 μmol/L NS5806 increased ventricular Ito with a leftward shift in Ito activation and accelerated restitution. At higher concentrations, stimulation of Ito was followed by inhibition. The EC50 for stimulation was 1.6 μmol/L and inhibition had an IC50 of 40.7 μmol/L. NS5806 only inhibited atrial Ito (IC50 of 18 μmol/L) and produced a modest leftward shifts in Ito activation and inactivation, without an effect on restitution. 10 μmol/L NS5806 shortened ventricular action potential duration (APD) at APD20-APD90 but prolonged atrial APD NS5806 also reduced atrial AP upstroke and amplitude, consistent with an additional atrio-selective effect on Na(+) channels. In contrast to NS5806, flecainide, which discriminates between Kv1.4 and 4.x channels, produced similar levels of inhibition of ventricular and atrial Ito NS5806 discriminates between rabbit ventricular and atrial Ito, with mixed activator and inhibitor actions on the former and inhibitor actions against the later. NS5806 may be of significant value for pharmacological interrogation of regional differences in native cardiac Ito.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13172
Number of pages16
JournalPhysiological Reports
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2017


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