Dantrolene rescues arrhythmogenic RYR2 defect in a patient-specific stem cell model of catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia.
Bottom Line: In patient iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, catecholaminergic stress led to elevated diastolic Ca(2+) concentrations, a reduced SR Ca(2+) content and an increased susceptibility to DADs and arrhythmia as compared to control myocytes.Dantrolene, a drug effective on malignant hyperthermia, restored normal Ca(2+) spark properties and rescued the arrhythmogenic phenotype.Our work provides a new in vitro model to study the pathogenesis of human cardiac arrhythmias and develop novel therapies for CPVT.
Affiliation: Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, I. Medizinische Klinik, Kardiologie, München, Germany.Show MeSH
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Mentions: To assess whether CPVT-iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes recapitulate the disease phenotype, we analysed Ca2+ handling properties in single cells at 3–4 months maturation. We first examined whether CPVT myocytes display altered control of Ca2+ release during excitation–contraction (EC) by measuring electrically evoked Ca2+ transients at different pacing rates in absence and in presence of isoproterenol to mimic catecholaminergic stress (Fig 3 and Fig S2 of Supporting information). Increasing stimulation frequencies from 0.5 to 1.5 Hz correlated with a higher percentage of cells with abnormal Ca2+ handling in both control and CPVT myocytes (Fig 3A). However, this effect was significantly more pronounced in the diseased cells and was comparable among different CPVT-iPSC lines (Fig 3A and Fig S3 of Supporting information). We could observe three types of stress-induced Ca2+ cycling abnormalities, which associated with different severities of arrhythmogenicity: Ca2+ alternans, in which Ca2+ transients alternate between large and small on successive beats (AR1); Ca2+ transient fusion, characterized by absence of triggered Ca2+ transients at every second stimulation (AR2); and very irregular Ca2+ oscillations (AR3). Thus, frequency-induced stress appears to be one major arrhythmic trigger in CPVT-iPSC-derived myocytes. Deeper analysis of Ca2+ cycling properties in rhythmic cells revealed that, under basal conditions, control and CPVT myocytes presented comparable resting Ca2+ levels, similar systolic and diastolic Ca2+ concentration during electrical stimulation at different rates and equal SR Ca2+ content, determined by caffeine application (Fig 3B–E and Fig S4 of Supporting information). However, in presence of isoproterenol diastolic Ca2+ was significantly elevated in CPVT compared to control cells, while systolic Ca2+ levels remained similar (Fig 3C and D). Moreover, in contrast to control myocytes, SR Ca2+ load was not increased by isoproterenol treatment in CPVT cells (Fig 3E). These data suggest that in situations of catecholamine-induced elevated luminal Ca2+ the S406L-mutation in the RYR2 channels results in diastolic Ca2+ leak from the SR. This effect may be attributable to an increased S406L-RYR2 Ca2+ sensitivity, which lowers the release threshold to produce spontaneous activity during the diastolic period (Eisner et al, 2009; Priori & Chen, 2011). To investigate whether CPVT-iPSC-derived myocytes indeed possess an enhanced spontaneous Ca2+ release during adrenergic stimulation, we measured Ca2+ sparks in single cells during rest (Fig 4 and Movies S1-S4 of Supporting information). Ca2+ sparks are the elementary release events in cardiac EC coupling and derive from the local activity of RYR2 channel clusters (Cheng et al, 1993). Under basal conditions, Ca2+ spark frequency did not differ between control and CPVT myocytes, although Ca2+ spark amplitude, full width at 50% peak amplitude and decay time were significantly higher in diseased cells (Fig 4A–C). Moreover, only in CPVT myocytes, abnormal Ca2+ sparks with a prolonged plateau phase were observed (Fig 4B, ii). Under catecholaminergic stress, Ca2+ spark frequency considerably increased in CPVT compared to control cells, and associated with a greater decay time constant and even longer abnormal sparks (Fig 4B and C and Movies S3 and S4 of Supporting information). These results indicate that elevated diastolic Ca2+ and reduced SR Ca2+ load during catecholaminergic challenge in CPVT-iPSC-derived myocytes are caused by hyperactivity of individual Ca2+ release units.
Affiliation: Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, I. Medizinische Klinik, Kardiologie, München, Germany.