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ChemSpider 2D Image | HBI-3000 | C24H33N3O4S

sulcardine, HBI-3000

B 87823

  • Molecular FormulaC24H33N3O4S
  • Average mass459.602 Da


Benzenesulfonamide, N-[[4-hydroxy-3,5-bis(1-pyrrolidinylmethyl)phenyl]methyl]-4-methoxy-
343935-60-4 [RN]

heart arrhythmia

Sulcardine sulfate,343935-61-5 (Sulcardine sulfate)

CAS No. : 343935-61-5 (Sulcardine sulfate)

Synonyms: B-87823; HBI-3000; B87823; HBI3000; B 87823; HBI 3000;N-(4-hydroxy-3,5-bis(pyrrolidin-1-ylmethyl)benzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide sulfate
Molecular Formula: C24H35N3O8S2
Molecular Weight: 557.67
  • Originator Jiangsu Furui Pharmaceuticals; Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica
  • Developer HUYA Bioscience International; Jiangsu Furui Pharmaceuticals
  • Class Antiarrhythmics; Small molecules
  • Mechanism of ActionIon channel antagonists
  • Phase I Atrial fibrillation
  • No development reported Arrhythmias
  • 13 Mar 2020 Chemical structure information added
  • 28 Feb 2020 No recent reports of development identified for preclinical development in Arrhythmias in USA (IV)
  • 16 Dec 2019 Adverse events data from a phase I trial in Atrial fibrillation (In volunteers) presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2019 (AHA-2019)

HUYA Bioscience , under license from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica (SIMM), is developing sulcardine (HBI-3000, oral, i.v, heart arrhythmia), a myocardial ion channel inhibitory compound, for the treatment of arrhythmia; In September 2016, the drug was still in phase II development, as of August 2020, the company website states that a phase II trial was pending in China.

HBI-3000 (sulcardine sulfate) is an experimental drug candidate that is currently in phase II of human clinical trials as an antiarrhythmic agent.[1][needs update] Clinical investigation will test the safety and efficacy of HBI-3000 as a treatment for both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.[2]

The molecular problem

Anti-arrhythmic medication is taken to treat irregular beating of the heart. This irregular beating results from a deregulation of the initiation or propagation of the electrical stimulus of the heart. The most common chronic arrhythmia is atrial fibrillation.[3] There is an increased incidence of atrial fibrillation in the elderly and some examples of complications include heart failure exacerbation, hypotension and thrombembolic events.[3]

Most anti-arrhythmic medications exert their effects by decreasing the permeability of potassium ion channels (IKr) in heart cells. These potassium channel blockers delay ventricular repolarization and prolong action potential duration (APD; the prolongation of the electrical stimulus within heart cells). These changes can lower heart rate, eliminate atrial fibrillation, and ultimately sudden cardiac death.[4][5]

Mechanism of action in ventricular myocytes

Ventricular myocytes are heart muscle cells found in the lower chambers of the heart. Heart rate is dependent on the movement of an electrical stimulus through the individual heart cells. This is mediated by the opening of ion channels on cell surfaces. HBI-3000 exerts its effects on the heart by inhibiting multiple ion channels (INa-F, INa-L, ICa-L and IKr), but predominantly the INa-L ion channel . By decreasing the ion permeability of these channels, HBI-3000 slightly prolongs APD (due to IKr); however, unlike pure IKr channel blockers, it is self-limited (due to the decreased permeability of INa-L and ICa-L). This is similar to the medications ranolazine and amiodarone.[5] HBI-3000 suppresses early afterdepolarizations (EADs; a change in the normal net flow of ions during repolarization), does not produce any electrical abnormalities, and displays minimally pronounced prolongation of APD during a slow heart rate (i.e. stimulated at a slower frequency). Pronounced prolongation of APD during a slow heart rate can lead to proarrythmias. Overall, HBI-3000 seems to have a low proarrhythmic risk. The effect of HBI-3000 on contractility and cardiac conduction requires further investigation.[5]


Animal model

In a canine model, the intravenous injection of HBI-3000 demonstrated to be an effective anti-arrhythmic and anti-fribrillatory agent.[6]

Cellular isolation

The administration of HBI-3000 to isolated heart muscle cells demonstrated the potential to improve arrhythmias while having low proarrhythmic risk.[5]

Human studies

Jiangsu Furui Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd is currently recruiting participants in their study.[1][


 Acta Pharmacologica Sinica 2012

Discovery of N-(3,5-bis(1-pyrrolidylmethyl)-4-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfamide (sulcardine) as a novel anti-arrhythmic agent

D. BaiWei-zhou Chen+6 authors Y. Wang

N-[3,5-bis(1-pyrrolidylmethyl)-4-hydroxybenzyl]-4-methoxybenzenesulfamide (sulcardine, 6f) and the sulfate (sulcardine sulfate) (1) To a suspension of 4-hydroxybenzylamine (133 g, 1.08 mol) in DMF (500 mL) was added dropwise 4-methoxybenzensul-fonyl chloride (206 g, 1.00 mol) in DMF (320 mL) over a period of 30 min at 0–10 °C with stirring, followed by the addition of triethylamine (158 mL, 1.12 mol) over 30 min at the same temperature. The stirring was continued for an additional 1.5 h at room temperature. The reaction mixture was poured into ice-water (5 L). After stirring for 10 min, the suspension was allowed to stand for 2 h. The solid was filtered, washed with water (300 mL×3), and dried in a desiccator over anhydrous calcium chloride, yielding N-(4-hydroxybenzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfamide (11) (248 g, 85%) as a white solid, mp 160–162 °C. The authentic sample was obtained by recrystallization from ethyl acetate, mp 161–162 °C. 1 H NMR (CD3OD) δ 3.70 (s, 3H), 3.76 (s, 2H), 6.48 (d, J=8.4 Hz, 2H), 6.82(d, J=8.4 Hz, 2H), 6.86 (d, J=8.7 Hz, 2H), 7.56 (d, J=8.7 Hz, 2H). EIMS (m/z): 293 (M+ ), 254, 195, 185, 171, 155, 149, 122 (100), 107, 99, 77, 65. Anal. (C14H15NO4S) C, H, N.

(2) A mixture of 11 (230 g, 0.78 mmol), pyrrolidine (200 mL, 2.44 mol) and 36% aqueous formaldehyde (250 mL, 3.30 mol) in ethanol (800 mL) was stirred under reflux for 8 h. The reaction mixture was concentrated under vacuum to dryness. The resulting oil residue was dissolved in chloroform (350 mL), and the solution was washed with water (300 mL×3). Under stirring, the organic layer was mixed with water (300 mL), and then concentrated hydrochloric acid (approximately 165 mL) was added portionwise at 0-10 °C to adjust the pH of the aqueous phase to ~2. The aqueous phase was washed with chloroform (200 mL) and then mixed with additional chloroform (300 mL). Under stirring, the two-phase mixture was treated portionwise with 25%–28% aqueous ammonia (~300 mL) to adjust the pH of the aqueous phase to 9–10. The organic layer was separated, and the aqueous layer was further extracted with chloroform (200 mL×2). The combined organic layer was dried over anhydrous sodium sulfate and concentrated under vacuum to dryness. The oily residue was treated with acetone (45 mL) and isopropyl ether (290 mL), and the mixture was heated under reflux until the suspension became a solution. The solution was cooled to room temperature, seeded with an authentic sample, and allowed to stand at 0°C overnight. The solid was filtered and dried under vacuum, yielding product 6f (290 g, 81%) as a yellowish solid, mp 96–98 °C. The authentic sample was obtained by preparative TLC or column chromatography (silica gel; CHCl3:MeOH:25% NH4OH=92:7:1). The compound could be recrystallized from ethanol-water, mp 101–102 °C. 1 H NMR (CDCl3) δ 1.77–1.86 (m, 8H), 2.53–2.63 (m, 8H), 3.68 (s, 4H), 3.86 (s, 3H), 3.97 (s, 2H), 6.86 (s, 2H), 6.95 (d, J=8.7 Hz, 2H), 7.78 (d, J=8.6 Hz 2H). EIMS (m/z): 459 (M+ ), 390, 388, 202, 171, 148, 107, 84, 70 (100). Anal. (C24H33N3O4S) C, H, N.

(3) Under stirring, the Mannich base 6f (150.5 g, 0.327 mol) was mixed with 2 mol/L H2SO4 (172 mL, 0.344 mol), and the mixture was heated at 80 °C until the solid dissolved. The solution was cooled to room temperature, seeded with an authentic sample, and the sulfate of 6f was formed as crystals. To the stirred mixture was added anhydrous ethanol (520 mL), and the mixture was allowed to stand at 0°C for 24 h. The solid was filtered, washed with ethanol, and recrystallized with 80% ethanol (250 mL). The sulfate was dried over concentrated sulfuric acid in a desiccator, giving the sulfate of 6f (143 g, 71%) as a trihydrate, mp 125–140°C. 1 H NMR (D2O) δ 2.00–2.13 (m, 4H), 2.14–2.25 (m, 4H), 3.12–3.22 (m, 4H), 3.45– 3.55 (m, 4H), 3.90 (s, 3H), 4.20 (s, 2H), 4.33 (s, 4H), 7.06 (d, J=8.7 Hz, 2H), 7.28 (s, 2H), 7.66 (d, J=8.9 Hz, 2H). 13C NMR (D2O) δ 24.7, 47.6, 55.7, 56.1, 58.1, 116.6, 122.5, 131.3, 132.3, 133.3, 136.0, 155.8, 164.8. EIMS (m/z): 459, 390, 388, 202, 171, 148, 107, 84, 70 (100). Anal. (C24H33N3O4S∙H2SO4∙3H2O) C, H, N, S.


Preparation of sulcardine sulfate salt has been reported in U.S. Patent No. 6,605,635.

Synthesis and antiarrhythmic activities of changrolin (1) have been reported (Liangquan Li, et al., Scientia Sinica, 1979, 7, 723; Weizhou Chen, et al., Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica, 1979, 14, 710). Thereafter, investigations of the chemical structural modifications and the physiological activities have successively been carried out by domestic and foreign scientists (Cunji Sun, et al., Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica, 1981, 16, 564; 1986, 21, 692; Mulan Lin, et al., ibid., 1982, 17, 212; D. M. Stout, et al. J. Med. Chem., 1983, 26, 808; 1984, 27, 1347; 1985, 28, 295; 1989, 32, 1910; R. J. Chorvat, et al., ibid., 1993, 36, 2494).

Figure US06605635-20030812-C00001

Changrolin is an effective antiarrhythmic agent. Ventricular premature beats disappear 2-3 days after oral administration of changrolin to patients suffering from arrhythmia; I.v. injection or instillaton may result in significant reduction or even disappearence of ventricular premature beats and ventricular tachycardia. However, oral administration of changrolin for a period of over one month may cause a reversible pigmentation on the skin of patients, which gradually retrogresses after ceasing the administration. This pigmentation is associated to the subcutaneous oxidation of certain structural moieties in changrolin molecule or to its instability in solution.

EXAMPLE 1N-[3,5-bis(1-Piperidinomethyl)-4-hydroxy]phenyl-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (B-87836)

(1) To a solution of 4-aminophenol (4.5 g) in dioxane (20 ml) was added dropwise a solution of 1-naphthalenesulfonyl chloride (4.4 g) in dioxane (20 ml). The mixture was further stirred at room temperatue for 4.5 hours and poured into water. The precipitate was collected by filtration, recrystallized from ethanol and decolored with activated carbon to give N-(ρ-hydroxyphenyl)-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (4.2 g), mp 195-196° C.

(2) A mixture of N-(ρ-hydroxyphenyl)-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (2.0 g), 37% aqueous formaldehyde (4.5 g) and piperidine (5.6 g) in ethanol (100 ml) was heated to reflux for 50 hours. The ethanol was removed by evaporation in vacuo and chloroform was added to the residue. The organic layer was washed with water then dried over anhydrous Na2SO4. Then the chloroform was removed in vacuo and the residue was triturated in water to give a solid, which was then recrystallized from ethanol to give the titled product (1.4 g), mp 197-198° C.

1HNMR(CDCl3): 1.30-1.50(m, 12H), 2.10-2.21(m, 8H), 3.28(s, 4H), 6.45(s, 2H), 7.24-8.04(m, 6H), 8.56(m, 1H). Elemental analysis (C28H35N3O3S ): Calcd. (%): C, 68.12; H, 7.15; N, 8.51. Found (%): C, 67.96; H, 7.16; N, 8.56.



Novel crystalline forms of acid salts of sulcardine useful for treating arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.

4-Methoxy-N-(3,5-bis-(l-pyrrolidinylmethyl)-4-hydroxybenzyl)benzene sulfonamide (or N-(4-hydroxy-3,5-bis(pyrrolidin-l-ylmethyl)benzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide), also known as sulcardine, and its salts, such as sulcardine sulfate, constitute a group of compounds with potent anti -arrhythmic activity. Sulcardine is a multi-ion channel blocker that specifically inhibits iNa-Peak, iNa-Late, Ica,L, and Ixrwith similar in vitro potencies (and Ito and IKUT to a lesser degree) in human atrial cardiomyocytes and represents what may be the sole example of a substituted sulfonamide class of anti-arrhythmic. Sulcardine salts can be used as an intravenous injectable or as oral doses for the treatment of arrhythmias, including supraventricular tachyarrhythmia, premature ventricular contractions, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, and atrial fibrillation. See, e.g ., U.S. Patent Nos. 8,541,464 and 8,637,566. Preparation of sulcardine sulfate salt has been reported in U.S. Patent No. 6,605,635.

[0004] In addition, the evidence to date suggests that one advantage of sulcardine and its salts is that they lack significant pro-arrhythmic activity, as demonstrated in rigorous preclinical safety models, including a post-MI sudden-death conscious canine model and the validated rabbit ventricular wedge model. Additionally, it has been shown that they do not significantly increase defibrillation threshold, nor increase defibrillation failure risk in a post-MI canine model as was seen with flecainide. On the basis of these data, sulcardine and salts, with their very low apparent pro-arrhythmic potential, could potentially be used to treat acute and recurrent atrial fibrillation in the presence of organic heart disease, prolonged QR syndrome, and ventricular arrhythmias, including premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), ventricular tachycardia (VT), and ventricular fibrillation (VF), in either acute- or chronic-administration settings owing to their ability to be formulated into intravenous and oral dosing formulations.

Sulcardine has a chemical name of 4-methoxy-N-(3,5-bis-(l-pyrrolidinylmethyl)- 4-hydroxybenzyl)benzene sulfonamide (or N-(4-hydroxy-3,5-bis(pyrrolidin-l-ylmethyl)benzyl)-4-methoxybenzenesulfonamide), and has the following structure:

[0062] Sulcardine sulfate has the following structure:

[0063] Sulcardine sulfate can exist in a hydrated form. One such form is a trihydrate.

HPLC analysis was performed on a Dionex Ultimate 3000 instrument with the following parameters:

Column: Phenomenex Luna C18, 150×4.6mm, 5pm

Column Temperature: 30°C

Mobile Phase A: 0.2% Phosphoric Acid

Mobile Phase B: Methanol

Diluent: 50:50 MeOH:H20

Runtime: 12 minutes

Flow Rate: l.OmL/min

Injection Volume: 5pL

Detection: 237 nm



[00348] Sulcardine sulfate trihydrate was dissolved in ethyl acetate (16 vol.) and saturated sodium bicarbonate solution (16 vol.). The biphasic solution was transferred to a separating funnel and the layers separated. The organic layer was dried over sodium sulfate and then the solvent was removed by rotary evaporation and the resulting oil dried under vacuum at ambient temperature for ca. 3 hr. FIG. 4 is an XRPD pattern of the resulted amorphous sulcardine free base. In all cases, the initial screening work detailed below was performed on 10 mg of sulcardine free base. All XRPD diffractograms were compared with sulcardine sulfate trihydrate, sulcardine free base and relevant counterions and found to be distinct.



claiming treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by intravenously administering sulcardine sulfate .




  1. Jump up to:a b Jiangsu Furui Pharmaceuticals (November 5, 2010). “Efficacy and safety of sulcardine sulfate tablets in patients with premature ventricular contractions” U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  2. ^ “HUYA Bioscience Int’l announces clinical trial milestones in China for promising new anti-arrhythmic compound; Data supports desirable safety profile” (Press release). San Francisco, California: HUYA Bioscience International. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  3. Jump up to:a b Mashal, Abdallah; Katz, Amos; Shvartzman, Pesach (2011). “Atrial fibrillation: A primary care cross-sectional study”Israel Medical Association Journal13 (11): 666–671. PMID 22279699.
  4. ^ Farkas, András; Leprán, István; Papp, Julius Gy. (1998). “Comparison of the antiarrhythmic and the proarrhythmic effect of almokalant in anaesthetised rabbits”. European Journal of Pharmacology346 (2–3): 245–253. doi:10.1016/S0014-2999(98)00067-3PMID 9652366.
  5. Jump up to:a b c d Guo, Donglin; Liu, Que; Liu, Tengxian; Elliott, Gary; Gingras, Mireille; Kowey, Peter R.; Yan, Gan-Xin (2011). “Electrophysiological properties of HBI-3000: A new antiarrhythmic agent with multiple-channel blocking properties in human ventricular myocytes”. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology57 (1): 79–85. doi:10.1097/FJC.0b013e3181ffe8b3PMID 20980921.
  6. ^ Lee, Julia Y.; Gingras, Mireille; Lucchesi, Benedict R. (2010). “HBI-3000 prevents sudden cardiac death in a conscious canine model”. Heart Rhythm7 (11): 1712. doi:10.1016/j.hrthm.2010.09.028.
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Molar mass 459.61 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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