Levosimendan and its metabolite OR-1896 elicit KATP channel-dependent dilation in resistance arteries in vivo

Ildikó Gödény, Piero Pollesello, István Édes, Zoltán Papp, Zsolt Bagi

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Background: Levosimendan and its long-lived metabolite OR-1896 produce vasodilation in different types of vessels by activating ATP-sensitive (KATP) and other potassium channels. Methods: In the present study we applied intravital videomicroscopy to investigate the in situ effects of levosimendan and OR-1896 on the diameters of real resistance arterioles (rat cremaster muscle arterioles with diameters of ~ 20 μm). Results: Levosimendan and OR-1896 induced concentration-dependent (1 nM - 100 μM) dilations to similar extents in these arterioles (maximal dilation from 23 ± 2 to 33 ± 2 μm and from 22 ± 1 to 32 ± 1 μm, respectively). The arteriolar dilations induced by the selective KATP channel opener pinacidil (1 nM - 10 μM) (maximal dilation from 22 ± 4 μm to 35 ± 3 μm) were diminished in the presence of the selective KATP channel blocker - glibenclamide (5 μM) (maximal diameter attained: 22 ± 1 μm). Glibenclamide also counteracted the maximal dilations in response to levosimendan or OR-1896 (to 23 ± 3 μm or 22 ± 5 μm, respectively). Conclusions: In conclusion, this is the first demonstration that levosimendan and OR-1896 elicit arteriolar dilation in vivo, via activation of KATP channels in real resistance vessels in the rat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1304-1310
Number of pages7
JournalPharmacological Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013


  • Cremaster muscle
  • Intravital microscopy
  • KATP channels
  • Levosimendan
  • OR-1896
  • Vasodilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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