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BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology

, 16:39

First Online: 16 December 2015Received: 22 June 2015Accepted: 04 December 2015


BackgroundAn in vitro electrophysiological assay system, which can assess compound effects and thus show cardiotoxicity including arrhythmia risks of test drugs, is an essential method in the field of drug development and toxicology.

MethodsIn this study, high-throughput electrophysiological recordings of human embryonic kidney HEK 293 cells and Chinese hamster ovary CHO cells stably expressing human ether-a-go-go related gene hERG were performed utilizing an automated 384-well-patch-clamp system, which records up to 384 cells simultaneously. hERG channel inhibition, which is closely related to a drug-induced QT prolongation and is increasing the risk of sudden cardiac death, was investigated in the high-throughput screening patch-clamp system.

ResultsIn the automated patch-clamp measurements performed here, Kv currents were investigated with high efficiency. Various hERG channel blockers showed concentration-dependent inhibition, the 50 % inhibitory concentrations IC50 of those blockers were in good agreement with previous reports.

ConclusionsThe high-throughput patch-clamp system has a high potential in the field of pharmacology, toxicology, and cardiac physiology, and will contribute to the acceleration of pharmaceutical drug development and drug safety testing.

KeywordsElectrophysiology hERG channel High-throughput screening Automated patch-clamp  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Yuji Haraguchi - Atsushi Ohtsuki - Takayuki Oka - Tatsuya Shimizu

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