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PubMed 23599743


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Automatically associated channels: KCNQ1 , Kv1.4 , Kv1.5 , Kv3.1 , Kv4.3 , Kv7.1



Title: An altered expression of genes involved in the regulation of ion channels in atrial myocytes is correlated with the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure.

Authors: Mei Gao, Jiangrong Wang, Zhongsu Wang, Yong Zhang, Hui Sun, Xinxing Xie, Yinglong Hou

Journal, date & volume: Exp Ther Med, 2013 Apr , 5, 1239-1243

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23599743


Abstract
The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the altered expression of genes involved in the regulation of ion channels in atrial myocytes and the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with heart failure (HF). Right atrial appendages were obtained from 18 HF patients and 18 patients with normal cardiac functions who had undergone surgery. The mRNA expression levels of Kv4.3α, KvLQT1, Kv1.5, L-Caα1c and NCX were measured by reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR). Protein expression levels were also detected by western blotting. In comparison with the control group exhibiting normal cardiac functions, the mRNA and protein expression levels of Kv4.3α, KvLQT1 and L-Caα1c were significantly reduced in HF patients. By contrast, the mRNA and protein expression levels of NCX were significantly increased in HF patients compared with the control group (P<0.01). The mRNA expression levels of Kv1.5 were not evidently altered. We demonstrated that increased levels of Kv4.3α, KvLQT1 and L-Caα1c and decreased levels of NCX are correlated with the risk of AF in HF patients. Changes in the gene expression of ion channel-related proteins may therefore be used as biological markers of AF occurring in HF patients in future studies.