PubMed 25775566

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.2 , Kv10.1

Title: Arrhythmogenesis in a catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia mutation that depresses ryanodine receptor function.

Authors: Yan-Ting Zhao, Carmen R Valdivia, Georgina B Gurrola, Patricia P Powers, B Cicero Willis, Richard L Moss, José Jalife, Héctor H Valdivia

Journal, date & volume: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2015 Mar 31 , 112, E1669-77

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Current mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis in catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) require spontaneous Ca(2+) release via cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2) channels affected by gain-of-function mutations. Hence, hyperactive RyR2 channels eager to release Ca(2+) on their own appear as essential components of this arrhythmogenic scheme. This mechanism, therefore, appears inadequate to explain lethal arrhythmias in patients harboring RyR2 channels destabilized by loss-of-function mutations. We aimed to elucidate arrhythmia mechanisms in a RyR2-linked CPVT mutation (RyR2-A4860G) that depresses channel activity. Recombinant RyR2-A4860G protein was expressed equally as wild type (WT) RyR2, but channel activity was dramatically inhibited, as inferred by [(3)H]ryanodine binding and single channel recordings. Mice heterozygous for the RyR2-A4860G mutation (RyR2-A4860G(+/-)) exhibited basal bradycardia but no cardiac structural alterations; in contrast, no homozygotes were detected at birth, suggesting a lethal phenotype. Sympathetic stimulation elicited malignant arrhythmias in RyR2-A4860G(+/-) hearts, recapitulating the phenotype originally described in a human patient with the same mutation. In isoproterenol-stimulated ventricular myocytes, the RyR2-A4860G mutation decreased the peak of Ca(2+) release during systole, gradually overloading the sarcoplasmic reticulum with Ca(2+). The resultant Ca(2+) overload then randomly caused bursts of prolonged Ca(2+) release, activating electrogenic Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger activity and triggering early afterdepolarizations. The RyR2-A4860G mutation reveals novel pathways by which RyR2 channels engage sarcolemmal currents to produce life-threatening arrhythmias.