Amiodarone protects cardiac myocytes against oxidative injury by its free radical scavenging action

Ide Tomomi, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Shintaro Kinugawa, Hideo Utsumi, Akira Takeshita

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Background-Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease and heart failure, and antioxidants might be beneficial in the treatment of these patients. This study was performed to determine the scavenging effects of amiodarone on oxygen free radicals and its protective effects against oxygen radical-mediated injury in cardiac myocytes. Methods and Results-The formation of the radical spin adduct with hydroxy radical (·OH) in the presence of H2O2 (10 mmol/L) and Fe3+-nitrilotriacetate (20 μmol/L) was monitored by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy combined with a spin trapping agent, 5,5-dimethyl pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO). Amiodarone decreased the intensity of the DMPO-OH signals in a dose-dependent manner (0.1 to 100 μmol/L), whereas other antiarrhythmia drugs such as disopyramide and atenolol had no such effects. Furthermore, amiodarone (10 μmol/L) protected intact adult canine cardiac myocytes against ·OH-mediated myocyte injury, as assessed by the degree of morphological change from rod shape to the irreversible hypercontracture state during the exposure of cells to H2O2 and Fe3+ in vitro. Conclusions-Amiodarone can protect cardiac myocytes against oxidative stress- mediated injury by directly scavenging oxygen free radicals. Antioxidant action of amiodarone might potentially contribute to the beneficial effects of this drug in the treatment of patients with ischemic heart disease and congestive heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-692
Number of pages3
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 17 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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