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The Ca2+ transient as a feedback sensor controlling cardiomyocyte ionic conductances in mouse populations

  1. Colin M Rees
  2. Jun-Hai Yang
  3. Marc Santolini
  4. Aldons J Lusis
  5. James N Weiss
  6. Alain Karma  Is a corresponding author
  1. Northeastern University, United States
  2. University of California, Los Angeles, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e36717 doi: 10.7554/eLife.36717

Abstract

Conductances of ion channels and transporters controlling cardiac excitation may vary in a population of subjects with different cardiac gene expression patterns. However, the amount of variability and its origin are not quantitatively known. We propose a new conceptual approach to predict this variability that consists of finding combinations of conductances generating a normal intracellular Ca2+ transient without any constraint on the action potential. Furthermore, we validate experimentally its predictions using the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel, a model system of genetically diverse mouse strains that allows us to quantify inter-subject versus intra-subject variability. The method predicts that conductances of inward Ca2+ and outward K+ currents compensate each other to generate a normal Ca2+ transient in good quantitative agreement with current measurements in ventricular myocytes from hearts of different isogenic strains. Our results suggest that a feedback mechanism sensing the aggregate Ca2+ transient of the heart suffices to regulate ionic conductances.

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Gene expression data has been deposited in GEO under accession code GSE48760

The following previously published data sets were used

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  1. Colin M Rees

    Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, United States
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  2. Jun-Hai Yang

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  3. Marc Santolini

    Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, United States
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  4. Aldons J Lusis

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  5. James N Weiss

    Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States
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  6. Alain Karma

    Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, United States
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    a.karma@northeastern.edu
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

  • Colin M Rees
  • Jun-Hai Yang
  • Marc Santolini
  • Aldons J Lusis
  • James N Weiss
  • Alain Karma

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: This study was approved by the UCLA Chancellor's Animal Research Committee (ARC 2003-063-23B) and performed in accordance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals published by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH Publication No. 85-23, revised 1996) and with UCLA Policy 990 on the Use of Laboratory Animal Subjects in Research (revised 2010).

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  1. José D Faraldo-Gómez, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: March 16, 2018
  2. Accepted: September 24, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 25, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: October 29, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Rees et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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