Targeting Small Arteries of Hypertensive Status with Novel ATP-Sensitive Potassium Channel Openers&#

Author(s): Hai Wang, Ying-Li Zhang, Yu-Ping Chen

Journal Name: Current Vascular Pharmacology

Volume 3 , Issue 2 , 2005

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The excessive contraction of small arteries under high blood pressure is the main contributor to the pathological change of hypertension. Current anti-hypertensive drugs, which lack a selective effect on small arteries in a hypertensive state, may cause many adverse effects. We have developed a novel opener of ATP-sensitive potassium channels, iptakalim, the vasorelaxing action of which is determined by the hypertensive status of small arteries. In conscious strokeprone, spontaneously hypertensive rats and “two-kidneys, one-clip” renal hypertensive dogs, this compound produced long-lasting hypotensive effects, with no tolerance. Furthermore, it exerted a protective effect against hypertensive damage to target organs. Given its potency and fewer side effects, iptakalim hydrochloride is a promising drug for the treatment of hypertension.

Keywords: hypertension, atp-sensitive potassium channel, iptakalim, small artery, vasodilator, side effects, selective hypotensive efficacy, cardiovascular remodeling

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Year: 2005
Page: [119 - 124]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1570161053586895
Price: $65

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