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J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2001 May;297(2):666-71.

Pharmacological characterization of KUR-1246, a selective uterine relaxant.

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Pharmacology Research, R&D, Kissei Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Nagano, Japan.


The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and beta 2-adrenoceptor (AR) selectivity of KUR-1246, a new uterine relaxant. Inhibition of spontaneous or drug-induced uterine contractions by KUR-1246 was evaluated in pregnant rats and rabbits by an organ bath method or by a balloon method. The selectivity of KUR-1246 was assessed simultaneously in organs isolated from late-pregnant rats. The affinity of KUR-1246 for human beta 1-, beta 2-, and beta 3-ARs was determined using two radioligands. KUR-1246 suppressed both spontaneous and drug-induced contractions in isolated uteri, the rank order of potency being isoproterenol > KUR-1246 > terbutaline > ritodrine. ICI-118551 (selective beta 2-AR antagonist) competitively antagonized the KUR-1246-induced inhibition of spontaneous uterine contractions, but CGP-20712A (selective beta 1-AR antagonist) and SR-58894A (selective beta 3-AR antagonist) did not. All beta-AR agonists tested produced significant inhibition of spontaneous uterine contractions in vivo: ED(30) value for KUR-1246 was 0.13 microg/kg/min, a potency about 6 times and 400 times greater than that of terbutaline and ritodrine, respectively. In contrast, the positive chronotropic effect was minimal in KUR-1246-treated rats. KUR-1246 displaced radioligand binding to beta 1-, beta 2-, and beta 3-ARs, the pK(i) values being 5.75 +/- 0.03, 7.59 +/- 0.08, and 4.75 +/- 0.03 for beta 1-, beta 2-, and beta 3-ARs, respectively. For the selectivity of KUR-1246 for human beta 2-AR, we obtained values of 39.2 ([IC(50) for beta 1-AR]/[IC(50) for beta 2-AR]) and 198.2 ([IC(50) for beta 3-AR]/[IC(50) for beta 2-AR]), indicating an apparently higher affinity for human beta 2-AR than for other beta-AR subtypes. The present study clearly demonstrated that KUR-1246 is a more selective beta 2-AR agonist than the drugs presently used for relaxing uterine muscle.

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