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We tried to establish the halothane-anesthetized microminipigs as an alternative animal model for non-clinical toxicity and/or safety pharmacology studies. In order to characterize the halothane-anesthetized microminipigs, we firstly clarified the effects of halothane anesthesia on their cardiovascular system (n = 5). Then, we examined the cardiovascular effects of dl-sotalol in doses of 0.1, 0.3 and 1 mg/kg, i.v. on the halothane-anesthetized microminipigs (n = 6). Induction of the halothane anesthesia by itself prolonged the QT interval as well as QTcF, suggesting that the halothane anesthesia can reduce the cardiac repolarization reserve in microminipigs like in dogs. dl-Sotalol showed more potent negative chronotropic, dromotropic and hypotensive effects together with repolarization delay in microminipigs than in dogs, although each cardiovascular response to dl-sotalol was directionally similar between them, suggesting greater basal sympathetic tone and/or smaller volume of distribution of the drug in microminipigs than in dogs. Analyses of proarrhythmic surrogate markers indicate that Tpeak-Tend and short-term variability of QT interval may be more sensitive to detect the dl-sotalol-induced direct electrophysiological changes in microminipigs than in dogs, but its reverse will be true for J-Tpeakc. Thus, these results may help better understand the drug-induced cardiovascular responses in microminipigs.
PMID: 28070113 [PubMed - in process]