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Mechanisms of pro−arrhythmic abnormalities in ventricular repolarisation and anti−arrhythmic therapies in human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Elisa Passini‚ Ana Mincholé‚ Raffaele Coppini‚ Elisabetta Cerbai‚ Blanca Rodriguez‚ Stefano Severi and Alfonso Bueno−Orovio


AbstractIntroduction Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a cause of sudden arrhythmic death, but the understanding of its pro-arrhythmic mechanisms and an effective pharmacological treatment are lacking. \HCM electrophysiological remodelling includes both increased inward and reduced outward currents, but their role in promoting repolarisation abnormalities remains unknown. The goal of this study is to identify key ionic mechanisms driving repolarisation abnormalities in human HCM, and to evaluate anti-arrhythmic effects of single and multichannel inward current blocks. Methods Experimental ionic current, action potential (AP) and Ca2 +-transient (CaT) recordings were used to construct populations of human non-diseased and \HCM \AP models (n = 9118), accounting for inter-subject variability. Simulations were conducted for several degrees of selective and combined inward current block. Results Simulated \HCM cardiomyocytes exhibited prolonged \AP and CaT, diastolic Ca2 + overload and decreased CaT amplitude, in agreement with experiments. Repolarisation abnormalities in \HCM models were consistently driven by L-type Ca2 + current (ICaL) re-activation, and \ICaL block was the most effective intervention to normalise repolarisation and diastolic Ca2 +, but compromised CaT amplitude. Late Na+ current (INaL) block partially abolished repolarisation abnormalities, with small impact on CaT. Na+/Ca2 + exchanger (INCX) block effectively restored repolarisation and CaT amplitude, but increased Ca2 + overload. Multichannel block increased efficacy in normalising repolarisation, \AP biomarkers and CaT amplitude compared to selective block. Conclusions Experimentally-calibrated populations of human \AP models identify \ICaL re-activation as the key mechanism for repolarisation abnormalities in HCM, and combined INCX, \INaL and \ICaL block as effective anti-arrhythmic therapies also able to partially reverse the \HCM electrophysiological phenotype.

Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy;‚ Pro−arrhythmic mechanisms;‚ Repolarization reserve;‚ Inter−subject variability;‚ In silico drug testing