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Fast lidocaine block of cardiac and skeletal muscle sodium channels: one site with two routes of access.

We have studied the block by lidocaine and its quaternary derivative, QX-314, of single, batrachotoxin (BTX)-activated cardiac and skeletal muscle sodium channels incorporated into planar lipid bilayers. Lidocaine and QX-314, applied to the intracellular side, appear to induce incompletely resolved, rapid transitions between the open and the blocked state of BTX-activated sodium channels from both heart and skeletal muscle. We used amplitude distribution analysis (Yellen, G. 1984. J. Gen. Physiol. 84:157-186.) to estimate the rate constants for block and unblock. Block by lidocaine and QX-314 from the cytoplasmic side exhibits rate constants with similar voltage dependence. The blocking rate increases with depolarization, and the unblocking rate increases with hyperpolarization. Fast lidocaine block was virtually identical for sodium channels from skeletal (rat, sheep) and cardiac (beef, sheep) muscle. Lidocaine block from the extracellular side occurred at similar concentrations. However, for externally applied lidocaine, the blocking rate was voltage-independent, and was proportional to concentration of the uncharged, rather than the charged, form of the drug. In contrast, unblocking rates for internally and externally applied lidocaine were identical in magnitude and voltage dependence. Our kinetic data suggest that lidocaine, coming from the acqueous phase on the cytoplasmic side in the charged form, associates and dissociates freely with the fast block effector site, whereas external lidocaine, in the uncharged form, approaches the same site via a direct, hydrophobic path.[1]


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