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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048771/catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-an-update
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Andrés R Pérez-Riera, Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, Marianne P C de Rezende Barbosa, Rodrigo Daminello-Raimundo, Augusto A de Lucca, Luiz C de Abreu
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia is a rare devastating lethal inherited disorder or sporadic cardiac ion channelopathy characterized by unexplained syncopal episodes, and/or sudden cardiac death (SCD), aborted SCD (ASCD), or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) observed in children, adolescents, and young adults without structural heart disease, consequence of adrenergically mediated arrhythmias: exercise-induced, by acute emotional stress, atrial pacing, or β-stimulant infusion, even when the electrocardiogram is normal...
October 19, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037745/genetics-update-monogenetics-polygene-disorders-and-the-quest-for-modifying-genes
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REVIEW
Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi
The genetic channelopathies are a broad collection of diseases. Many ion channel genes demonstrate wide phenotypic pleiotropy, but nonetheless concerted efforts have been made to characterise genotype-phenotype relationships. In this review we give an overview of the factors that influence genotype-phenotype relationships across this group of diseases as a whole, using specific individual channelopathies as examples. We suggest reasons for the limitations observed in these relationships. We discuss the role of ion channel variation in polygenic disease and highlight research that has contributed to unravelling the complex aetiological nature of these conditions...
October 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032884/the-genetics-underlying-idiopathic-ventricular-fibrillation-a-special-role-for-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
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Jaakko T Leinonen, Lia Crotti, Aurora Djupsjöbacka, Silvia Castelletti, Nella Junna, Alice Ghidoni, Annukka M Tuiskula, Carla Spazzolini, Federica Dagradi, Matti Viitasalo, Kimmo Kontula, Maria-Christina Kotta, Elisabeth Widén, Heikki Swan, Peter J Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a major cause of sudden cardiac death. In some cases clinical investigations fail to identify the underlying cause and the event is classified as idiopathic (IVF). Since mutations in arrhythmia-associated genes frequently determine arrhythmia susceptibility, screening for disease-predisposing variants could improve IVF diagnostics. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 76 Finnish and Italian patients with a mean age of 31...
October 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028646/advances-in-understanding-the-molecular-underpinnings-of-adrenocortical-tumors
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Norman G Nicolson, Jianling Man, Tobias Carling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Adrenocortical tumors are divided into benign adenomas and malignant carcinomas. The former is relatively common and carries a favorable prognosis, whereas the latter is rare and frequently presents at an advanced stage, with poor outcomes. Advances in next-generation sequencing, genome analysis, and bioinformatics have allowed for high-throughput molecular characterization of adrenal tumorigenesis. RECENT FINDINGS: Although recent genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic studies in large tumor cohorts have confirmed the central roles of aberrant Wnt/ß-catenin signaling, constitutive protein kinase A pathway activation, cell cycle dysregulation, and ion channelopathies in adrenal tumorigenesis, these studies also revealed novel signature events underlying malignant differentiation of adrenocortical carcinomas...
October 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027470/next-generation-sequencing-applications-for-cardiovascular-disease
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Samira Kalayinia, Hamidreza Goodarzynejad, Majid Maleki, Nejat Mahdieh
The Human Genome Project (HGP), as the primary sequencing of the human genome, lasted more than one decade to be completed using the traditional Sanger's method. At present, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology could provide the genome sequence data in hours. NGS has also decreased the expense of sequencing; therefore, nowadays it is possible to carry out both whole-genome (WGS) and whole-exome sequencing (WES) for the variations detection in patients with rare genetic diseases as well as complex disorders such as common cardiovascular diseases (CVDs)...
October 13, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020622/homeostatic-presynaptic-plasticity-is-specifically-regulated-by-p-q-type-ca-2-channels-at-mammalian-hippocampal-synapses
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Alexander F Jeans, Fran C van Heusden, Bashayer Al-Mubarak, Zahid Padamsey, Nigel J Emptage
Voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VGCC) represent the principal source of Ca(2+) ions driving evoked neurotransmitter release at presynaptic boutons. In mammals, presynaptic Ca(2+) influx is mediated mainly via P/Q-type and N-type VGCC, which differ in their properties. Changes in their relative contributions tune neurotransmission both during development and in Hebbian plasticity. However, whether this represents a functional motif also present in other forms of activity-dependent regulation is unknown. Here, we study the role of VGCC in homeostatic plasticity (HSP) in mammalian hippocampal neurons using optical techniques...
October 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016939/molecular-autopsy-of-sudden-unexplained-deaths-reveals-genetic-predispositions-for-cardiac-diseases-among-young-forensic-cases
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Nicole Hellenthal, Anna Gaertner-Rommel, Bärbel Klauke, Lech Paluszkiewicz, Markus Stuhr, Thoralf Kerner, Martin Farr, Klaus Püschel, Hendrik Milting
Aims: Coronary artery disease accounts for the majority of sudden cardiac deaths (SCD) in the older population whereas cardiomyopathies and arrhythmogenic abnormalities predominate in younger SCD victims (<35 years) with a significant genetic component. The elucidation of the pathogenetic cause of death might be relevant for the prevention of further deaths within affected families. Aim of this study was to determine the portion of underlying genetic heart diseases among unexplained putative SCD cases from a large German forensic department...
October 17, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016797/multiple-clinical-profiles-of-families-with-the-short-qt-syndrome
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D Akdis, A M Saguner, A Medeiros-Domingo, A Schaller, C Balmer, J Steffel, C Brunckhorst, F Duru
Aims: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is a rare cardiac channelopathy characterized by a shortened corrected QT (QTc)-interval that can lead to ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical phenotypes and long-term outcomes of three families harbouring genetic mutations associated with the SQTS. Methods and results: Clinical data included medical history, physical examination, 12-lead ECG, 24-h Holter-ECG, and transthoracic echocardiography from three index patients and their first-degree relatives...
July 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986455/genomic-triangulation-and-coverage-analysis-in-whole-exome-sequencing-based-molecular-autopsies
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Garrett W Shanks, David J Tester, Sneha Nishtala, Jared M Evans, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: WEMA (Whole-Exome Molecular Autopsy) and surveillance of cardiac channelopathy and cardiomyopathy genes represents the latest molecular autopsy for sudden death in the young (SDY). To date, the majority of WEMA has been performed on the SDY case only. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed whole-exome sequencing and nucleotide-level coverage analysis on 28 SDY cases (18.4±7.8 years) and their parents to determine the inheritance patterns of ultrarare, nonsynonymous variants in 99 sudden death-susceptibility genes...
October 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986244/expression-of-recombinant-%C3%AE-toxin-bmkm9-from-scorpion-buthus-martensii-karsch-and-its-functional-characterization-on-sodium-channels
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Fan Yang, Shuang Liu, Yaoyun Zhang, Chenhu Qin, Lingna Xu, Wenhua Li, Zhijian Cao, Wenxin Li, Yingliang Wu
Scorpion toxins are invaluable pharmacological tools for studying ion channels and potential drugs for channelopathies. The long-chain toxins from scorpion venom with four disulfide bridges exhibit their unusual bioactivity or biotoxicity by acting on the sodium channels. However, the functional properties of most toxins are still unclear due to their tiny amounts in crude venom and their challenging production by chemical and gene engineering techniques. Here, we expressed one of the long-chain α-toxins, BmKM9, found in the venom of the scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch and characterized its pharmacological properties on sodium channels...
October 3, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980038/role-of-bioinformatics-in-the-study-of-ionic-channels
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Monika Kurczyńska, Bogumił M Konopka, Małgorzata Kotulska
Ionic channels belong to the group of the most important proteins. Not only do they enable transmembrane transport but they are also the key factors for proper cell function. Mutations changing their structure and functionality often lead to severe diseases called channelopathies. On the other hand, transmembrane channels are very difficult objects for experimental studies. Only 2% of experimentally identified structures are transmembrane proteins, while genomic studies show that transmembrane proteins make up 30% of all coded proteins...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965172/gating-pore-currents-in-sodium-channels
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J R Groome, A Moreau, L Delemotte
Voltage-gated sodium channels belong to the superfamily of voltage-gated cation channels. Their structure is based on domains comprising a voltage sensor domain (S1-S4 segments) and a pore domain (S5-S6 segments). Mutations in positively charged residues of the S4 segments may allow protons or cations to pass directly through the gating pore constriction of the voltage sensor domain; these anomalous currents are referred to as gating pore or omega (ω) currents. In the skeletal muscle disorder hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and in arrhythmic dilated cardiomyopathy, inherited mutations of S4 arginine residues promote omega currents that have been shown to be a contributing factor in the pathogenesis of these sodium channel disorders...
October 1, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965168/cardiac-arrhythmias-related-to-sodium-channel-dysfunction
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Eleonora Savio-Galimberti, Mariana Argenziano, Charles Antzelevitch
The voltage-gated cardiac sodium channel (Nav1.5) is a mega-complex comprised of a pore-forming α subunit and 4 ancillary β-subunits together with numerous protein partners. Genetic defects in the form of rare variants in one or more sodium channel-related genes can cause a loss- or gain-of-function of sodium channel current (INa) leading to the manifestation of various disease phenotypes, including Brugada syndrome, long QT syndrome, progressive cardiac conduction disease, sick sinus syndrome, multifocal ectopic Purkinje-related premature contractions, and atrial fibrillation...
October 1, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964108/stochastic-spontaneous-calcium-release-events-and-sodium-channelopathies-promote-ventricular-arrhythmias
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Fernando O Campos, Yohannes Shiferaw, Edward J Vigmond, Gernot Plank
Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs), the first initiating beats of a variety of cardiac arrhythmias, have been associated with spontaneous calcium release (SCR) events at the cell level. However, the mechanisms underlying the degeneration of such PVCs into arrhythmias are not fully understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the conditions under which SCR-mediated PVCs can lead to ventricular arrhythmias. In particular, we sought to determine whether sodium (Na(+)) current loss-of-function in the structurally normal ventricles provides a substrate for unidirectional conduction block and reentry initiated by SCR-mediated PVCs...
September 2017: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956012/flecainide-ameliorates-arrhythmogenicity-through-ncx-flux-in-andersen-tawil-syndrome-ips-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Yusuke Kuroda, Shinsuke Yuasa, Yasuhide Watanabe, Shogo Ito, Toru Egashira, Tomohisa Seki, Tetsuhisa Hattori, Seiko Ohno, Masaki Kodaira, Tomoyuki Suzuki, Hisayuki Hashimoto, Shinichiro Okata, Atsushi Tanaka, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Mitsushige Murata, Takeshi Aiba, Naomasa Makita, Tetsushi Furukawa, Wataru Shimizu, Itsuo Kodama, Satoshi Ogawa, Norito Kokubun, Hitoshi Horigome, Minoru Horie, Kaichiro Kamiya, Keiichi Fukuda
Andersen-Tawil syndrome (ATS) is a rare inherited channelopathy. The cardiac phenotype in ATS is typified by a prominent U wave and ventricular arrhythmia. An effective treatment for this disease remains to be established. We reprogrammed somatic cells from three ATS patients to generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Multi-electrode arrays (MEAs) were used to record extracellular electrograms of iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, revealing strong arrhythmic events in the ATS-iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes...
March 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940424/n1366s-mutation-of-human-skeletal-muscle-sodium-channel-causes-paramyotonia-congenita
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Qing Ke, Jia Ye, Siyang Tang, Jin Wang, Benyan Luo, Fang Ji, Xu Zhang, Ye Yu, Xiaoyang Cheng, Yuezhou Li
Paramyotonia congenita is an autosomal dominant skeletal muscle channelopathy caused by missense mutations in SCN4A, the gene encoding the α subunit of the human skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.4. Here, we report a three-generation family in which six members present clinical symptoms of paramyotonia congenita characterized by a marked worsening of myotonia by cold and by the presence of clear episodes of paralysis. We identified a novel mutation in SCN4A (Asn-1366-Ser, N1366S) in all patients in the family but not in healthy relatives or in 500 normal control subjects...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939973/sodium-channelopathies-of-skeletal-muscle
#17
Stephen C Cannon
The NaV1.4 sodium channel is highly expressed in skeletal muscle, where it carries almost all of the inward Na(+) current that generates the action potential, but is not present at significant levels in other tissues. Consequently, mutations of SCN4A encoding NaV1.4 produce pure skeletal muscle phenotypes that now include six allelic disorders: sodium channel myotonia, paramyotonia congenita, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, congenital myasthenia, and congenital myopathy with hypotonia...
September 23, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932200/is-increased-intracellular-calcium-in-red-blood-cells-a-common-component-in-the-molecular-mechanism-causing-anemia
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Laura Hertz, Rick Huisjes, Esther Llaudet-Planas, Polina Petkova-Kirova, Asya Makhro, Jens G Danielczok, Stephane Egee, Maria Del Mar Mañú-Pereira, Richard van Wijk, Joan-Lluis Vives Corrons, Anna Bogdanova, Lars Kaestner
For many hereditary disorders, although the underlying genetic mutation may be known, the molecular mechanism leading to hemolytic anemia is still unclear and needs further investigation. Previous studies revealed an increased intracellular Ca(2+) in red blood cells (RBCs) from patients with sickle cell disease, thalassemia, or Gardos channelopathy. Therefore we analyzed RBCs' Ca(2+) content from 35 patients with different types of anemia (16 patients with hereditary spherocytosis, 11 patients with hereditary xerocytosis, 5 patients with enzymopathies, and 3 patients with hemolytic anemia of unknown cause)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930537/differences-in-ion-channel-phenotype-and-function-between-humans-and-animal-models
#19
Mark R Tanner, Christine Beeton
Ion channels play crucial roles in regulating a broad range of physiological processes. They form a very large family of transmembrane proteins. Their diversity results from not only a large number of different genes encoding for ion channel subunits but also the ability of subunits to assemble into homo- or heteromultimers, the existence of splice variants, and the expression of different regulatory subunits. These characteristics and the existence of very selective modulators make ion channels very attractive targets for therapy in a wide variety of pathologies...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928611/brugada-syndrome-in-children-stepping-into-unchartered-territory
#20
REVIEW
Shashank P Behere, Steven N Weindling
Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an autosomal dominant inherited channelopathy. It is associated with a typical pattern of ST-segment elevation in the precordial leads V1-V3 and potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias in otherwise healthy patients. It is frequently seen in young Asian males, in whom it has previously been described as sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome. Although it typically presents in young adults, it is also known to present in children and infants, especially in the presence of fever...
September 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
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