Purpose Although amiodarone is recognized as the most effective anti-arrhythmic drug available, it has negative hemodynamic effects. Nano-sized liposomes can accumulate in and selectively deliver drugs to ischemic/reperfused (I/R) myocardium, which may augment drug effects and reduce side effects.We investigated the effects of liposomal amiodarone on lethal arrhythmias and hemodynamic parameters in an ischemia/reperfusion rat model. Methods and Results We prepared liposomal amiodarone (mean diameter: 113±8 nm) by a thin-film method. The left coronary artery of experimental rats was occluded for 5 min followed by reperfusion. Ex vivo fluorescent imaging revealed that intravenously administered fluorescent-labeled nano-sized beads accumulated in the I/R myocardium. Amiodarone was measurable in samples from the I/R myocardium when liposomal amiodarone, but not amiodarone, was administered. Although the intravenous administration of amiodarone (3mg/kg) or liposomal amiodarone (3 mg/kg) reduced heart rate and systolic blood pressure compared with saline, the decrease in heart rate or systolic blood pressure caused by liposomal amiodarone was smaller compared with a corresponding dose of free amiodarone. The intravenous administration of liposomal amiodarone (3 mg/kg), but not free amiodarone (3 mg/kg), 5 min before ischemia showed a significantly reduced duration of lethal arrhythmias (18±9 s) and mortality (0%) during the reperfusion period compared with saline (195±42 s, 71%, respectively). Conclusions Targeting the delivery of liposomal amiodarone to ischemic/reperfused myocardium reduces the mortality due to lethal arrhythmia and the negative hemodynamic changes caused by amiodarone. Nano-size liposomes may be a promising drug delivery system for targeting I/R myocardium with cardioprotective agents.
- Lethal arrhythmia