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Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CM) hold promise for therapeutic applications. To serve these functions, the hiPSC-CM must recapitulate the electrophysiologic properties of native adult cardiomyocytes. This study examines the electrophysiologic characteristics of hiPSC-CM between 11 and 121 days of maturity. Embryoid bodies(More)
Mutations in CACNA1C that increase current through the CaV1.2 L-type Ca2+ channel underlie rare forms of long QT syndrome (LQTS), and Timothy syndrome (TS). We identified a variant in CACNA1C in a male child of Filipino descent with arrhythmias and extracardiac features by candidate gene sequencing and performed functional expression studies to(More)
Amphypterygium adstringens is a Mexican tree known as cuachalalate whose bark is habitually used for the treatment of fresh wounds, gastric ulcers, gastrointestinal cancer and various inflammatory conditions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the immunostimulant effect of the aqueous extract of A. adstringens on immune cellular response in(More)
Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels are associated with calcium entry activity in nonexcitable cells. TRPCs can form homo- or heterotetrameric channels, in which case they can assemble together within a subfamily groups. TRPC1, 4, and 5 represent one group, and TRPC3, 6, and 7 represent the other. The molecular determinants involved in(More)
AIMS Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is a genetically determined ion-channel disorder, which may cause malignant tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Thus far, mutations in five different genes encoding potassium and calcium channel subunits have been reported. We present, for the first time, a novel loss-of-function mutation coding for an L-type calcium(More)
AIMS Women have a higher incidence of long QT-related arrhythmias, whereas men exhibit a higher incidence of Brugada syndrome (BrS). The cardiac sodium current (I(Na)) is associated with arrhythmias in BrS and long QT-syndrome (LQTS) and conduction disease. Although a great deal of work has been performed to explain how heterogeneous distribution of(More)
BACKGROUND Loss-of-function mutations in SCN5A have been associated with the Brugada syndrome. We report the first Brugada syndrome family with compound heterozygous mutations in SCN5A. The proband inherited 1 mutation from each parent and transmitted 1 to each daughter. METHODS AND RESULTS The effects of the mutations on the function of the sodium(More)
Atrial-selective inhibition of cardiac Na(+) channel current (I(Na)) and I(Na)-dependent parameters has been shown to contribute to the safe and effective management of atrial fibrillation. The present study examined the basis for the atrial-selective actions of ranolazine. Whole cell I(Na) was recorded at 15°C in canine atrial and ventricular myocytes and(More)
T-box 18 (TBX18) plays a crucial role in the formation and development of the head of the sinoatrial node. The objective of this study was to induce adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) to produce pacemaker-like cells by transfection with the TBX18 gene. A recombinant adenovirus vector carrying the human TBX18 gene was constructed to transfect ADSCs. The(More)
In the present work, we found that the delayed rectifying outward potassium current (I(K)) in adult and neonatal cat ventricular myocytes consists of both rapid and slow components, I(Kr) and I(Ks), respectively, which can be isolated pharmacologically. Thus after complete blockade of I(Kr) with dofetilide, the remaining I(Ks) current is homogeneous, as(More)