Neuromuscular blocking activity of a new series of quaternary N-substituted choline esters.

TitleNeuromuscular blocking activity of a new series of quaternary N-substituted choline esters.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1971
AuthorsGinsburg S, Kitz RJ, Savarese JJ
JournalBr J Pharmacol
Date Published1971 Sep
KeywordsAnimals, Carboxylic Acids, Cats, Choline, Esters, Gallamine Triethiodide, Ganglia, Autonomic, Injections, Intraperitoneal, Injections, Intravenous, Male, Mice, Neuromuscular Depolarizing Agents, Neuromuscular Nondepolarizing Agents, Nicotine, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Rats, Structure-Activity Relationship, Succinylcholine, Tubocurarine

1. The neuromuscular blocking activity of a new group of mono- and diquaternary N-substituted choline esters of several carboxylic acids has been evaluated in various whole animal preparations in the mouse, rat and cat.2. A basic non-depolarizing mechanism was present in all but one compound-a depolarizing agent, which was studied for comparison. There was evidence of facilitatory activity and nicotinic stimulation in the monoquaternary compounds. These effects were diminished in the diquaternary compounds.3. The presence of a bulky aromatic ring system on the nitrogen atom appeared to increase both neuromuscular blocking potency and facilitatory activity in the experimental animal. A similar relationship had previously been demonstrated in vitro in another study.4. The duration of action, although short in most compounds, did not correlate well with previously determined in vitro hydrolysis rates, possibly because of species differences.5. The general pharmacology of each compound appeared to depend considerably upon the structure of the choline moiety.

Alternate JournalBr. J. Pharmacol.
PubMed ID4257628
PubMed Central IDPMC1665940