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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
Daniel J Flores, ThuyVy Duong, Luke O Brandenberger, Apratim Mitra, Aditya Shirali, John C Johnson, Danielle Springer, Audrey Noguchi, Zu-Xi Yu, Steven N Ebert, Andreas Ludwig, Bjorn C Knollmann, Mark D Levin, Karl Pfeifer
Cardiac calsequestrin (Casq2) associates with the Ryanodine Receptor 2 channel in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum to regulate Ca2+ release into the cytoplasm. Patients carrying mutations in CASQ2 display low resting heart rates under basal conditions and stress-induced polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). In this study we generate and characterize novel conditional deletion and conditional rescue mouse models to test the influence of developmental programs on the heart rate and CPVT phenotypes...
February 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Elisabeth Fischer, Alexander Gottschalk, Christina Schüler
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a condition of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), induced by physical activity or stress. Mutations in ryanodine receptor 2 (RyR2), a Ca2+ release channel located in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), or calsequestrin 2 (CASQ2), a SR Ca2+ binding protein, are linked to CPVT. For specific drug development and to study distinct arrhythmias, simple models are required to implement and analyze such mutations. Here, we introduced CPVT inducing mutations into the pharynx of Caenorhabditis elegans, which we previously established as an optogenetically paced heart model...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Katherine Josephs, Kunjan Patel, Christopher M Janson, Cristina Montagna, Thomas V McDonald
BACKGROUND: Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a potentially lethal inherited cardiac disorder characterized by episodic ventricular tachycardia during adrenergic stimulation. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Knowledge of the underlying genetic cause, pathogenesis, and the natural history of the disease remains incomplete. Approximately 50% of CPVT cases are caused by dominant mutations in the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RYR2) gene, <5% of cases are accounted for by recessive mutations in cardiac calsequestrin (CASQ2) or Triadin (TRDN)...
November 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Hsiang-Ting Ho, Senthil Thambidorai, Björn C Knollmann, George E Billman, Sandor Györke, Anuradha Kalyanasundaram
BACKGROUND: Long-term aerobic exercise alters autonomic balance, which may not be favorable in heart rate (HR)-dependent arrhythmic diseases including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) because of preexisting bradycardia and increased sensitivity to parasympathetic stimulation. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether long-term exercise-induced autonomic adaptations modify CPVT susceptibility. METHODS: We determined exercise-induced parasympathetic effects on HR, arrhythmia incidence, and intracellular sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak in atrial (ACM) and ventricular (VCM) cardiomyocytes, in exercised (EX) calsequestrin knockout (CASQ2-/- ) mice, a model of CPVT...
October 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Rafael Estrada-Avilés, Gabriela Rodríguez, Angel Zarain-Herzberg
Calsequestrin-2 (CASQ2) is the main Ca2+-binding protein inside the sarcoplasmic reticulum of cardiomyocytes. Previously, we demonstrated that MEF-2 and SRF binding sites within the human CASQ2 gene (hCASQ2) promoter region are functional in neonatal cardiomyocytes. In this work, we investigated if the calcineurin/NFAT pathway regulates hCASQ2 expression in neonatal cardiomyocytes. The inhibition of NFAT dephosphorylation with CsA or INCA-6, reduced both the luciferase activity of hCASQ2 promoter constructs (-3102/+176 bp and -288/+176 bp) and the CASQ2 mRNA levels in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes...
2017: PloS One
Marina Cerrone, Jerome Montnach, Xianming Lin, Yan-Ting Zhao, Mingliang Zhang, Esperanza Agullo-Pascual, Alejandra Leo-Macias, Francisco J Alvarado, Igor Dolgalev, Thomas V Karathanos, Kabir Malkani, Chantal J M Van Opbergen, Joanne J A van Bavel, Hua-Qian Yang, Carolina Vasquez, David Tester, Steven Fowler, Fengxia Liang, Eli Rothenberg, Adriana Heguy, Gregory E Morley, William A Coetzee, Natalia A Trayanova, Michael J Ackerman, Toon A B van Veen, Hector H Valdivia, Mario Delmar
Plakophilin-2 (PKP2) is a component of the desmosome and known for its role in cell-cell adhesion. Mutations in human PKP2 associate with a life-threatening arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, often of right ventricular predominance. Here, we use a range of state-of-the-art methods and a cardiomyocyte-specific, tamoxifen-activated, PKP2 knockout mouse to demonstrate that in addition to its role in cell adhesion, PKP2 is necessary to maintain transcription of genes that control intracellular calcium cycling. Lack of PKP2 reduces expression of Ryr2 (coding for Ryanodine Receptor 2), Ank2 (coding for Ankyrin-B), Cacna1c (coding for CaV 1...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
Yusi Cheng, Jie Chao, Dezai Dai, Yin Dai, Dongdong Zhu, Bicheng Liu
Aquaporin 4 (AQP4) is a type of water channel protein that maintains the water balance of cardiomyocytes. However, the physiological role of AQP4 in cardiovascular disease is poorly understood. We wanted to explore whether p66Shc and endoplasmic reticulum stress participates in AQP4 knockout (KO)-mediated cardiac injury. There were two types of mice: AQP4 knockout and wild-type mice. Each type was randomly divided into three groups: Control group, isoprenaline stimulation group (ISO, 1 mg/kg, s.c., 5 d), and apocynin treatment group (APO, 100 mg/kg, p...
July 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Leonid Maizels, Irit Huber, Gil Arbel, Anke J Tijsen, Amira Gepstein, Asaad Khoury, Lior Gepstein
BACKGROUND: Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia type 2 (CPVT2) results from autosomal recessive CASQ2 mutations, causing abnormal Ca(2+)-handling and malignant ventricular arrhythmias. We aimed to establish a patient-specific human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) model of CPVT2 and to use the generated hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes to gain insights into patient-specific disease mechanism and pharmacotherapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: hiPSC cardiomyocytes were derived from a CPVT2 patient (D307H-CASQ2 mutation) and from healthy controls...
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Andrew P Landstrom, Andrew L Dailey-Schwartz, Jill A Rosenfeld, Yaping Yang, Margaret J McLean, Christina Y Miyake, Santiago O Valdes, Yuxin Fan, Hugh D Allen, Daniel J Penny, Jeffrey J Kim
BACKGROUND: The rapid expansion of genetic testing has led to increased utilization of clinical whole-exome sequencing (WES). Clinicians and genetic researchers are being faced with assessing risk of disease vulnerability from incidentally identified genetic variants which is typified by variants found in genes associated with sudden death-predisposing catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). We sought to determine whether incidentally identified variants in genes associated with CPVT from WES clinical testing represent disease-associated biomarkers...
April 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Efrat Kurtzwald-Josefson, Dor Yadin, Shiraz Harun-Khun, Maayan Waldman, Dan Aravot, Asher Shainberg, Michael Eldar, Edith Hochhauser, Michael Arad
BACKGROUND: The recessive form of catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia 2 (CPVT2) is caused by mutations in cardiac calsequestrin (CASQ2), leading to protein deficiency. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to develop a viral-delivered gene therapy for CPVT2 and to determine the relationship between CASQ2 expression and antiarrhythmic efficacy in a murine model. METHODS: We used a murine model of CPVT2 caused by the D307H human mutation (CASQ2(D307H)) or CASQ2 knockout (CASQ2(Δ/Δ))...
March 20, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Shiraz Haron-Khun, David Weisbrod, Hanna Bueno, Dor Yadin, Joachim Behar, Asher Peretz, Ofer Binah, Edith Hochhauser, Michael Eldar, Yael Yaniv, Michael Arad, Bernard Attali
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a stress-provoked ventricular arrhythmia, which also manifests sinoatrial node (SAN) dysfunction. We recently showed that SK4 calcium-activated potassium channels are important for automaticity of cardiomyocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells. Here SK4 channels were identified in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) from healthy and CPVT2 patients bearing a mutation in calsequestrin 2 (CASQ2-D307H) and in SAN cells from WT and CASQ2-D307H knock-in (KI) mice...
April 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Giorgia Valle, Barbara Vergani, Roberta Sacchetto, Carlo Reggiani, Edith De Rosa, Lisa Maccatrozzo, Alessandra Nori, Antonello Villa, Pompeo Volpe
This study investigates the functional role of calsequestrin 2 (CASQ2) in both fast-twitch and slow-twitch skeletal muscles by using CASQ2-/- mice; CASQ2 is expressed throughout life in slow-twitch muscles, but only in the developmental and neonatal stages in fast-twitch muscles. CASQ2-/- causes increase in calsequestrin 1 (CASQ1) expression, but without functional changes in both muscle types. CASQ2-/- mice have ultrastructural changes in fast-twitch muscles only, i.e., formation of pentads and stacks in the sarcoplasmic reticulum...
December 2016: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
X Liu, J X Li, J Z Hu, Y Shen, R Wan, Q M Xiong, Q Q Zhou, J Y Xie, J J Jin, X Yan, J H Yu, K Hong
Objective: To explore the clinical and molecular genetic features of a Chinese patient with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). Methods: Clinical data including resting electrocardiography, echocardiography and treadmill exercise testing of a patient with CPVT admitted to our department in March 2013 were analyzed, and the peripheral venous blood samples of the patient and his family members and 400 ethnicity-matched healthy controls were obtained. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of the six CPVT-related genes including RYR2, CASQ2, TRDN, CALM1, KCNJ2 and ANKB were sequenced to detect the variants related to CPVT...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Guido Gambara, Michele Salanova, Stefano Ciciliot, Sandra Furlan, Martina Gutsmann, Gudrun Schiffl, Ute Ungethuem, Pompeo Volpe, Hanns-Christian Gunga, Dieter Blottner
Microgravity exposure as well as chronic disuse are two main causes of skeletal muscle atrophy in animals and humans. The antigravity calf soleus is a reference postural muscle to investigate the mechanism of disuse-induced maladaptation and plasticity of human and rodent (rats or mice) skeletal musculature. Here, we report microgravity-induced global gene expression changes in space-flown mouse skeletal muscle and the identification of yet unknown disuse susceptible transcripts found in soleus (a mainly slow phenotype) but not in extensor digitorum longus (a mainly fast phenotype dorsiflexor as functional counterpart to soleus)...
2017: PloS One
Ben Jehuda Ronen, Barad Lili
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), an inherited arrhythmia often leading to sudden cardiac death in children and young adults, is characterized by polymorphic/bidirectional ventricular tachycardia induced by adrenergic stimulation associated with emotionally stress or physical exercise. There are two forms of CPVT: 1. CPVT1 is caused by mutations in the RYR2 gene, encoding for ryanodine receptor type 2. CPVT1 is the most common form of CPVT in the population, and is inherited by a dominant mechanism...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
A R Bjorksten, R L Gillies, B M Hockey, D Du Sart
The genetic basis of malignant hyperthermia (MH) is not fully characterised and likely involves more than just the currently classified mutations in the gene encoding the skeletal muscle ryanodine receptor (RYR1) and the gene encoding the α1 subunit of the dihydropyridine receptor (CACNA1S). In this paper we sequence other genes involved in calcium trafficking within skeletal muscle in patients with positive in vitro contracture tests, searching for alternative genes associated with MH. We identified four rare variants in four different genes (CACNB1, CASQ1, SERCA1 and CASQ2) encoding proteins involved in calcium handling in skeletal muscle in a cohort of 30 Australian MH susceptible probands in whom prior complete sequencing of RYR1 and CACNA1S had yielded no rare variants...
November 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Naokata Sumitomo
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is induced by emotions or exercise in patients without organic heart disease and may be polymorphic or bidirectional in nature. The prognosis of CPVT is not good, and therefore prevention of sudden death is of utmost importance. Genetic variants of CPVT include RyR2, CASQ2, CALM2, TRD, and possibly KCNJ2 and ANK2 gene mutations. Hypotheses that suggest the causes of CPVT include weakened binding of FKBP12.6 and RyR2, a store overload-induced Ca(2+) release (SOICR), unzipping of intramolecular domain interactions in RyR2, and molecular and functional abnormalities caused by mutations in the CASQ2 gene...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Przemysław B Radwański, Hsiang-Ting Ho, Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Lucia Brunello, Bin Liu, Andriy E Belevych, Sathya D Unudurthi, Michael A Makara, Silvia G Priori, Pompeo Volpe, Antonis A Armoundas, Wolfgang H Dillmann, Bjorn C Knollmann, Peter J Mohler, Thomas J Hund, Sándor Györke
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of death in the US. Vast majority of these arrhythmias including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) are associated with increased levels of circulating catecholamines and involve abnormal impulse formation secondary to aberrant Ca(2+) and Na(+) handling. However, the mechanistic link between β-AR stimulation and the subcellular/molecular arrhythmogenic trigger(s) remains elusive. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed functional and structural studies to assess Ca(2+) and Na(+) signaling in ventricular myocyte as well as surface electrocardiograms in mouse models of cardiac calsequestrin (CASQ2)-associated CPVT...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Francesco Lodola, Diego Morone, Marco Denegri, Rossana Bongianino, Hiroko Nakahama, Lucia Rutigliano, Rosanna Gosetti, Giulia Rizzo, Alessandra Vollero, Michelangelo Buonocore, Carlo Napolitano, Gianluigi Condorelli, Silvia G Priori, Elisa Di Pasquale
Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia type 2 (CPVT2) is a highly lethal recessive arrhythmogenic disease caused by mutations in the calsequestrin-2 (CASQ2) gene. We have previously demonstrated that viral transfer of the wild-type (WT) CASQ2 gene prevents the development of CPVT2 in a genetically induced mouse model of the disease homozygous carrier of the R33Q mutation. In the present study, we investigated the efficacy of the virally mediated gene therapy in cardiomyocytes (CMs) differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) obtained from a patient carrying the homozygous CASQ2-G112+5X mutation...
October 6, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
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