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Effects of dauricine on slow action potentials in myocardium

Xian-gang ZONG, Ming-xing JIANG


The effects of dauricine were examined on the slow action potentials induced by both high K+ (24 mmol/L) or TTX (40 mumol/L) in guinea pig papillary muscles and in sinoatrial node cells of rabbit. Dauricine 40 mumol/L decreased the maximal upstroke velocity (Vmax) of slow action potentials and prolonged the action potential duration at 50% repolarization (APD50). Bay K 8644 (50 nmol/L) increased the amplitude and Vmax of slow action potentials, which were antagonized by dauricine (40 mumol/L). An inhibitory influence of dauricine on the action potential amplitude was observed in papillary muscles superfused with Tyrode's solution containing high K+ and in rabbit sinoatrial node cells, but it was not with TTX. The resting potentials of the 3 slow action potentials were not affected by dauricine. The results suggest that dauricine possesses calcium-antagonistic effect.

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