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David J Tester, Leonie C H Wong, Pritha Chanana, Amie Jaye, Jared M Evans, David R FitzPatrick, Margaret J Evans, Peter Fleming, Iona Jeffrey, Marta C Cohen, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Michael A Simpson, Elijah R Behr, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a leading cause of postneonatal mortality. Genetic heart diseases (GHDs) underlie some cases of SIDS. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the spectrum and prevalence of GHD-associated mutations as a potential monogenic basis for SIDS. METHODS: A cohort of 419 unrelated SIDS cases (257 male; average age 2.7 ± 1.9 months) underwent whole exome sequencing and a targeted analysis of 90 GHD-susceptibility genes...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Jonathan W Waks, Christopher Hamilton, Saumya Das, Ashkan Ehdaie, Jessica Minnier, Sanjiv Narayan, Mark Niebauer, Merritt Raitt, Christine Tompkins, Niraj Varma, Sumeet Chugh, Larisa G Tereshchenko
PURPOSE: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival of systolic heart failure (HF) patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). We recently showed that electrocardiographic (ECG) global electrical heterogeneity (GEH) is independently associated with SCD in the community-dwelling cohort and developed GEH SCD risk score. The Global Electrical Heterogeneity and Clinical Outcomes (GEHCO) study is a retrospective multicenter cohort designed with two goals: (1) validate an independent association of ECG GEH with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies and (2) validate GEH ECG risk score for prediction of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies in systolic HF patients with primary prevention ICD...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Michele Malagù, Fatima Zaraket, Francesca Gualandi, Alessandra Ferlini, Alessandro Brieda, Francesco Vitali, Annamaria Del Franco, Cristina Balla, Alessandro Fucili, Roberto Ferrari, Matteo Bertini
In recent years, cardiogenetics is emerging as a major discipline for the study of many pathologies, with immediate clinical effects for patients who were previously managed by the cardiologist alone. Recent acquisitions have allowed significant improvements in terms of diagnostic characterization, prognostic stratification and guidance for treatment for both patients with genetic disease and their family members. At present, cardiogenetics has an important role for the clinical management of patients with cardiomyopathies and channelopathies...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Diana João Fonseca, Manuel Joaquim Vaz da Silva
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The importance of sodium channels for the normal electrical activity of the heart is emphasized by the fact that mutations (inherited or de novo) in genes that encode for these channels or their associated proteins cause arrhythmogenic syndromes such as the Brugada syndrome and the long QT syndrome (LQTS). The aim of this study is to conduct a review of the literature on the mutations in the sodium channel complex responsible for heart disease and the implications of a close relationship between genetics and the clinical aspects of the main cardiac channelopathies, namely at the level of diagnosis, risk stratification, prognosis, screening of family members and treatment...
March 7, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Virginia Miraldi Utz, Wanda Pfeifer, Susannah Q Longmuir, Richard John Olson, Kai Wang, Arlene V Drack
Importance: Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) implies a stable condition, with the major symptom being nyctalopia present at birth. Pediatric clinical presentation and the course of different genetic subtypes of CSNB have not, to our knowledge, been well described in the era of molecular genetic diagnosis. Objective: To describe the presentation and longitudinal clinical characteristics of pediatric patients with molecularly confirmed TRPM1-associated complete CSNB (cCSNB)...
March 8, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Stylianos Michalakis, Elvir Becirovic, Martin Biel
The first step in vision is the absorption of photons by the photopigments in cone and rod photoreceptors. After initial amplification within the phototransduction cascade the signal is translated into an electrical signal by the action of cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) channels. CNG channels are ligand-gated ion channels that are activated by the binding of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) or cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). Retinal CNG channels transduce changes in intracellular concentrations of cGMP into changes of the membrane potential and the Ca2+ concentration...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jesus Mates, Irene Mademont-Soler, Bernat Del Olmo, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Monica Coll, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Ferran Picó, Catarina Allegue, Anna Fernandez-Falgueras, Patricia Álvarez, Raquel Yotti, Maria Angeles Espinosa, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Ester Carro, Josep Brugada, Elena Arbelo, Pablo Garcia-Pavia, Mar Borregan, Eduardo Tizzano, Amador López-Granados, Francisco Mazuelos, Aranzazu Díaz de Bustamante, Maria Teresa Darnaude, José Ignacio González-Hevia, Felícitas Díaz-Flores, Francisco Trujillo, Anna Iglesias, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Oscar Campuzano, Ramon Brugada
Several studies have identified copy number variants (CNVs) as responsible for cardiac diseases associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD), but very few exhaustive analyses in large cohorts of patients have been performed, and they have been generally focused on a specific SCD-related disease. The aim of the present study was to screen for CNVs the most prevalent genes associated with SCD in a large cohort of patients who suffered sudden unexplained death or had an inherited cardiac disease (cardiomyopathy or channelopathy)...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Karina E Guziewicz, Artur V Cideciyan, William A Beltran, András M Komáromy, Valerie L Dufour, Malgorzata Swider, Simone Iwabe, Alexander Sumaroka, Brian T Kendrick, Gordon Ruthel, Vince A Chiodo, Elise Héon, William W Hauswirth, Samuel G Jacobson, Gustavo D Aguirre
Mutations in the BEST1 gene cause detachment of the retina and degeneration of photoreceptor (PR) cells due to a primary channelopathy in the neighboring retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. The pathophysiology of the interaction between RPE and PR cells preceding the formation of retinal detachment remains not well-understood. Our studies of molecular pathology in the canine BEST1 disease model revealed retina-wide abnormalities at the RPE-PR interface associated with defects in the RPE microvillar ensheathment and a cone PR-associated insoluble interphotoreceptor matrix...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Andrew P Landstrom, Ernesto Fernandez, Jill A Rosenfeld, Yaping Yang, Andrew L Dailey-Schwartz, Christina Y Miyake, Hugh D Allen, Daniel J Penny, Jeffrey J Kim
BACKGROUND: Due to rapid expansion of clinical genetic testing, an increasing number of genetic variants of undetermined significance are being identified in children with unclear diagnostic value. Variants found in genes associated with heritable channelopathies, such as long QT syndrome (LQTS), are particularly difficult to interpret given the risk of sudden cardiac death associated with pathologic mutations. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether variants in LQTS-associated genes from whole exome sequencing (WES) represent disease-associated biomarkers or background genetic "noise...
March 1, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
C M Mak, S Pl Chen, N S Mok, W K Siu, H Hc Lee, C K Ching, P T Tsui, N C Fong, Y P Yuen, W T Poon, C Y Law, Y K Chong, Y W Chan, T C Yung, K Yy Fan, C W Lam
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary channelopathies and cardiomyopathies are potentially lethal and are clinically and genetically heterogeneous, involving at least 90 genes. Genetic testing can provide an accurate diagnosis, guide treatment, and enable cascade screening. The genetic basis among the Hong Kong Chinese population is largely unknown. We aimed to report on 28 unrelated patients with positive genetic findings detected from January 2006 to December 2015. METHODS: Sanger sequencing was performed for 28 unrelated patients with a clinical diagnosis of channelopathies or cardiomyopathies, testing for the following genes: KCNQ1, KCNH2, KCNE1, KCNE2, and SCN5A, for long QT syndrome; SCN5A for Brugada syndrome; RYR2 for catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia; MYH7 and MYBPC3 for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; LMNA for dilated cardiomyopathy; and PKP2 and DSP for arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy...
March 2, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
Kathleen T Hickey, Amir Elzomor
The discovery of the human genome has ushered in a new era of molecular testing, advancing our knowledge and ability to identify cardiac channelopathies. Genetic variations can affect the opening and closing of the potassium, sodium, and calcium channels, resulting in arrhythmias and sudden death. Cardiac arrhythmias caused by disorders of ion channels are known as cardiac channelopathies. Nurses are important members of many interdisciplinary teams and must have a general understanding of the pathophysiology of the most commonly encountered cardiac channelopathies, electrocardiogram characteristics, approaches to treatment, and care for patients and their families...
2018: AACN Advanced Critical Care
Anna Garcia-Elias, Begoña Benito
Long QT syndrome, short QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia are inherited primary electrical disorders that predispose to sudden cardiac death in the absence of structural heart disease. Also known as cardiac channelopathies, primary electrical disorders respond to mutations in genes encoding cardiac ion channels and/or their regulatory proteins, which result in modifications in the cardiac action potential or in the intracellular calcium handling that lead to electrical instability and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jozef Klučka, Tomáš Juřenčák, Petr Štourač, Pavel Vít, Vladimíra Foralová, Iva Synková
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in pediatric population is rare and predominantly has respiratory aetiology. Authors present the relatively unique case of out-of hospital cardiac arrest in 5-years old pediatric patient due to ventricular fibrillation (VF) as the initial rhythm during the advanced life support. The patient was resuscitated by his parents and the initial rhythm was VF. After defibrillation the patient was admitted to the pediatric intensive care were another two episodes of VF was detected and treated...
February 28, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Joanna C Jen, Jijun Wan
The familial episodic ataxias (EAs) are prototypical channelopathies in the central nervous system clinically characterized by attacks of imbalance and incoordination variably associated with progressive ataxia and variable interictal features. EA1, EA2, and EA6 are caused by mutations in ion channel- and transporter-encoding genes that regulate neuronal excitability and neurotransmission.
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Doreen Fialho, Robert C Griggs, Emma Matthews
The periodic paralyses are a group of skeletal muscle channelopathies characterizeed by intermittent attacks of muscle weakness often associated with altered serum potassium levels. The underlying genetic defects include mutations in genes encoding the skeletal muscle calcium channel Cav 1.1, sodium channel Nav 1.4, and potassium channels Kir 2.1, Kir 3.4, and possibly Kir 2.6. Our increasing knowledge of how mutant channels affect muscle excitability has resulted in better understanding of many clinical phenomena which have been known for decades and sheds light on some of the factors that trigger attacks...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Boris Martinac, Kate Poole
The ability of cells to sense and respond to their physical environment is fundamental to a broad spectrum of biological processes. Cells express an array of force sensors that can transduce mechanical inputs into biochemical signals, including the mechanically activated ion channels PIEZO1, PIEZO2 and TRPV4. The identification and characterisation of mechanically activated ion channels has proven challenging, as has identifying their mode of activation and regulation in vivo. However, the diverse channelopathies associated with the known channels highlights their physiological importance...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Mercè Izquierdo-Serra, Antonio F Martínez-Monseny, Laura López, Julia Carrillo-García, Albert Edo, Juan Darío Ortigoza-Escobar, Óscar García, Ramón Cancho-Candela, M Llanos Carrasco-Marina, Luis G Gutiérrez-Solana, Daniel Cuadras, Jordi Muchart, Raquel Montero, Rafael Artuch, Celia Pérez-Cerdá, Belén Pérez, Belén Pérez-Dueñas, Alfons Macaya, José M Fernández-Fernández, Mercedes Serrano
Stroke-like episodes (SLE) occur in phosphomannomutase deficiency (PMM2-CDG), and may complicate the course of channelopathies related to Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) caused by mutations in CACNA1A (encoding CaV 2.1 channel). The underlying pathomechanisms are unknown. We analyze clinical variables to detect risk factors for SLE in a series of 43 PMM2-CDG patients. We explore the hypothesis of abnormal CaV 2.1 function due to aberrant N -glycosylation as a potential novel pathomechanism of SLE and ataxia in PMM2-CDG by using whole-cell patch-clamp, N -glycosylation blockade and mutagenesis...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Stephanie Schorge
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February 14, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Sam Chai, Xiaoping Wan, Angelina Ramirez-Navarro, Paul J Tesar, Elizabeth S Kaufman, Eckhard Ficker, Alfred L George, Isabelle Deschênes
Congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) is an inherited channelopathy associated with life-threatening arrhythmias. LQTS type 2 (LQT2) is caused by mutations in KCNH2, which encodes the potassium channel hERG. We hypothesized that modifier genes are partly responsible for the variable phenotype severity observed in some LQT2 families. Here, we identified contributors to variable expressivity in an LQT2 family by using induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) and whole exome sequencing in a synergistic manner...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Wail Ali, Beth A Bubolz, Linh Nguyen, Danny Castro, Jorge Coss-Bu, Michael M Quach, Curtis E Kennedy, Anne E Anderson, Yi-Chen Lai
Objective: Convulsive status epilepticus can exert profound cardiovascular effects in adults including ventricular depolarization-repolarization abnormalities. Whether status epilepticus adversely affects ventricular electrical properties in children is less understood. Therefore, we sought to characterize ventricular alterations and the associated clinical factors in children following convulsive status epilepticus. Methods: We conducted a 2-year retrospective, case-control study...
December 2017: Epilepsia Open
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