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Effects of human atrial ionic remodelling by β-blocker therapy on mechanisms of atrial fibrillation: a computer simulation.
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PMID:  25085203     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS: Atrial anti-arrhythmic effects of β-adrenoceptor antagonists (β-blockers) may involve both a suppression of pro-arrhythmic effects of catecholamines, and an adaptational electrophysiological response to chronic β-blocker use; so-called 'pharmacological remodelling'. In human atrium, such remodelling decreases the transient outward (Ito) and inward rectifier (IK1) K(+) currents, and increases the cellular action potential duration (APD) and effective refractory period (ERP). However, the consequences of these changes on mechanisms of genesis and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF) are unknown. Using mathematical modelling, we tested the hypothesis that the long-term adaptational decrease in human atrial Ito and IK1 caused by chronic β-blocker therapy, i.e. independent of acute electrophysiological effects of β-blockers, in an otherwise un-remodelled atrium, could suppress AF.
METHODS AND RESULTS: Contemporarily, biophysically detailed human atrial cell and tissue models were used to investigate effects of the β-blocker-based pharmacological remodelling. Chronic β-blockade remodelling prolonged atrial cell APD and ERP. The incidence of small amplitude APD alternans in the CRN model was reduced. At the 1D tissue level, β-blocker remodelling decreased the maximum pacing rate at which APs could be conducted. At the three-dimensional organ level, β-blocker remodelling reduced the life span of re-entry scroll waves.
CONCLUSION: This study improves our understanding of the electrophysiological mechanisms of AF suppression by chronic β-blocker therapy. Atrial fibrillation suppression may involve a reduced propensity for maintenance of re-entrant excitation waves, as a consequence of increased APD and ERP.
Sanjay R Kharche; Tomas Stary; Michael A Colman; Irina V Biktasheva; Antony J Workman; Andrew C Rankin; Arun V Holden; Henggui Zhang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  Europace     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
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Created Date:  2014-8-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100883649     Medline TA:  Europace     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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