Translated title of the contribution: Mechanism of action of bencyclane on smooth muscle

W. R. Kukovetz, G. Poch, S. Holzmann, E. Paietta

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Bencyclane (N [3 (1 benzyl cycloheptyloxy) propyl] N,N dimethyl amine hydrogenfumarate, Fludilat), inhibits phosphodiesterase (PDE) activity in vitro similarly to several other smooth muscle relaxants. Compared with papaverine this inhibitory effect of bencyclane on PDE is weak despite its strong relaxant effect on smooth muscle, which is about equal to that of papaverine. 14C Bencyclane is accumulated 8 fold in the smooth muscle tissue of bovine coronary arteries, indicating that relaxation is caused by 8 fold higher concentrations in the tissue than in the organ bath. A comparison of (corrected) ED50 values for relaxation with K(i) values for PDE inhibition obtained with several PDE inhibitors, including bencyclane, yields a significant correlation between both parameters. Since in subsequent studies in isolated tracheal muscle strips, bencyclane at maximum relaxing concentrations did not increase cAMP, which was in contrast to the actions of papaverine or aminophylline, it is likely that bencyclane induced smooth muscle relaxation is unrelated to inhibition of PDE or cAMP. In the same dose range in which bencyclane relaxes smooth muscles it exerts a nonspecific antiadrenergic inhibitory effect, possibly due to its local anesthetic action at the cell membrane. It is also possible that the myocardial inhibitory effect of bencyclane is caused by a direct Ca++ antagonistic mechanism.

Translated title of the contributionMechanism of action of bencyclane on smooth muscle
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)722-726
Number of pages5
JournalArzneimittel-Forschung/Drug Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

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