Reversal of phosphate induced decreases in force by the benzimidazole pyridazinone, UD-CG 212 CL, in myofilaments from human ventricle

Lesa D. Fraker, Van Jennifer Eyk, R. John Solaro

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UD-CG 212 Cl, (Fig. 1:4,5-dihydro-6-[2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-1H-benzimidazole-5-yl]-5-methyl-3(2H) -pyridazinone), is the primary metabolite of the positive inotropic agent pimobendan (UDCG 115 BS, Acardi®). Our previous studies showed in detergent extracted preparations of canine ventricular muscle that sub-nanomolar concentrations of UD-CG 212 Cl increased submaximal myofilament force, but only when the activation state had been altered by relatively high (5-10 mM) concentrations of inorganic phosphate (P(i)) or relatively low (20 μM) concentrations of MgATP. In the present study, we investigated the effects of UD-CG 212 Cl on the pCa-force relationship of detergent extracted bundles of human cardiac fibers before and after addition of P(i). As expected, treatment with 5 mM P(i) depressed maximal force at pCa 4.5 by 27.0 ± 0.4% (mean ± SEM). Force generated at the half-maximally activating Ca2+ concentration (pCa50) of control fibers (5.98 ± 0.2) was significantly (p < .05) reduced following the addition of 5 mM P(i) (pCa50 = 5.69 ± 0.3). The addition of UD-CG 212 Cl over a range of concentrations (10-11-106 M) had no effect on Ca2+-sensitivity under control conditions, but in the presence of 5 mM P(i), there was a 23.1 ± 0.1% increase in the percent maximal force at pCa5.9. Ca2+-sensitivity was also significantly increased in the presence of P(i) and 10-8 M UD-CG 212 Cl (pCa50 5.74 ± 0.3, p < .05). We conclude that UD-CG 212 Cl potentially increases sub-maximal force of human ventricular myofilaments with an inotropic action depending on a state of myofilament activation associated with ischemic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcium sensitivity
  • Heart failure
  • Pimobendan
  • Skinned fiber bundles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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