The peptide endothelin receptor antagonist, TAK-044, produces sustained inhibition of endothelin-1 mediated arteriolar vasoconstriction

C J Ferro, W G Haynes, N R Johnston, C C Lomax, D E Newby, D J Webb

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AIMS: Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been implicated in the pathophysiology of a number of cardiovascular diseases for which endothelin receptor antagonists are currently under clinical development. We have previously reported that systemic administration of the combined endothelin A/B receptor antagonist, TAK-044, abolishes the forearm vasoconstriction caused by intrabrachial ET-1 infusion for at least 3 h. In this study we investigated whether TAK-044 can inhibit ET-1 mediated forearm vasoconstriction for longer periods.

METHODS: Eighteen subjects were recruited to a randomized, placebo-controlled, single-blind, three-way, crossover study. Subjects were divided into three groups of six. Groups received 25 mg, 50 mg or 100 mg TAK-044 on two separate occasions, 6 and 10 h before the start of a 2 h intrabrachial infusion of ET-1 (5 pmol min(-1)). On a third occasion subjects received only placebo before intra-arterial ET-1 infusion. Forearm vasoconstriction to ET-1 was measured by venous occlusion plethysmography.

RESULTS: In the placebo phase, ET-1 caused significant, slowly-progressive local forearm vasoconstriction of approximately 30% (P<0.01) in all three groups. All three doses of TAK-044, administered at both timepoints, tended to blunt the vasoconstriction caused by ET-1. When the responses from all three groups were combined, TAK-044 significantly reduced ET-1 mediated vasoconstriction compared with placebo -9% (95% CI -15 to -3; P=0.01) at 8 h and by -9% (95% CI -17 to -2; P=0.01) 12 h after dosing.

CONCLUSIONS: TAK-044 attenuated, but did not abolish, local ET-1 mediated vasoconstriction, for up to 12 h after administration. Vasoconstriction to local intra-arterial administration of ET-1 appears to represent a safe and reproducible pharmacodynamic index of systemic endothelin receptor antagonism in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-83
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1997


  • Adult
  • Arterioles
  • Blood Pressure
  • Endothelin Receptor Antagonists
  • Endothelin-1
  • Forearm
  • Heart Rate
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peptides, Cyclic
  • Vasoconstriction


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