Cuntai Zhang

Tongji Hospital, Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China

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    Guan Wang · Le Zhang · Anne Manyande · Ming Cao · Wei He · Xiaofen Wu · Jinli Wang · Cuntai Zhang ·
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    ABSTRACT: Genetically-modified mice are widely applied in cardiovascular studies as model organisms. Echocardiography is a key tool for evaluating cardiac and hemodynamic functions in mice. The present study aimed to examine the effects of isoflurane (ISF) on conventional and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) parameters under healthy and pathological conditions using a murine model of pressure overload. In addition, the optimal dose of ISF in the process of echocardiographic measurement, with minimum cardiac contraction depression, was investigated. Conventional echocardiographic and STE examinations were performed on 38 adult C57BL/6 male mice. The mice were divided into the following three groups: The sham (n=15); mild thoracic aortic banding (TAB; n=15); and severe TAB (n=8) groups. ISF was administered under deep anesthesia (DA; 1-2% ISF), light anesthesia (LA; 0.5-1% ISF) and immediately prior to the mice waking up (awake; 0-0.5% ISF). Conventional echocardiographic parameters were preserved within the sham and mild TAB groups (P>0.05 for each parameter) under LA and awake conditions. However, under DA conditions, the majority of these parameters were reduced compared with the LA and awake conditions (P<0.05). In the severe TAB group, conventional echocardiographic parameters remained constant under LA, DA and awake conditions. STE parameters in the groups remained similar between the LA and awake conditions, but were significantly reduced under DA conditions. Therefore, conventional echocardiography and STE may be performed using LA induced with low doses of ISF, under various pathological conditions without affecting cardiac function.
    Experimental and therapeutic medicine 03/2015; 9(5). DOI:10.3892/etm.2015.2331 · 1.27 Impact Factor
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    Mingke Ni · Lei Ruan · Cuntai Zhang ·
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    ABSTRACT: As the mechanisms underlying PKC activation induced arrhythmias are not yet fully verified, we investigated the role of gap junctions in arrhythmias induced by PKC activation.Arterially-perfused rabbit left ventricular preparations were randomly assigned to perfusion with phorbol ester (PMA) or in combination with AAP10. Transmural ECG as well as action potentials from both endocardium and epicardium were simultaneously recorded throughout all experiments. Changes in connexin43 (Cx43) and nonphosphorylated Cx43 on S368 were measured by Western blot analysis.In the PMA group, the QT interval was shortened, the interval from the peak to the end of the electrocardiographic T wave (Tp-e) and induced nonsustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) were increased, and the expressions of Cx43 and nonphosphorylated Cx43 on S368 were decreased compared with the control group. Compared with the PMA group, without significant changes in the QT interval and the expression of nonphosphorylated connexin43 on S368, Tp-e and induced VT decreased and the expression of Cx43 increased in the AAP10 group.AAP10 can prevent PMA-induced rabbit ventricular arrhythmias by attenuating the increase of Tp-e and the decrease of expression of Cx43. These data suggest that increasing gap junction coupling prevents arrhythmias induced by protein kinase C activation.
    International Heart Journal 02/2015; 56(2). DOI:10.1536/ihj.14-234 · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    Lei Ruan · Xiaoqing Quan · Liandong Li · Rong Bai · Mingke Ni · Rende Xu · Cuntai Zhang ·
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    ABSTRACT: Drug-induced torsades de pointes (TdP) is common with class III antiarrhythmic drugs. Increased transmural dispersion of repolarization (TDR) contributes significantly to the development of TdP. Gap junctions play an important role in maintaining TDR in long QT syndrome. The present study examined the effect of a gap junction enhancer, antiarrhythmic peptide 10 (AAP10), on ibutilide-induced TdP. Coronary-perfused rabbit ventricular wedge preparations were used to evaluate the effect of AAP10 on ibutilide-induced arrhythmia. Transmural electrocardiograms and action potentials were recorded simultaneously. Early afterdepolarizations (EADs), R-on-T extrasystole, TdP and changes in Tpeak-end (Tp-e) and the Tp-e/QT ratio were observed. Changes in the levels of non-phosphorylated connexin 43 (Cx43) were measured by immunoblotting. Compared with those in the control group, the QT interval, Tp-e/QT and incidence rates of EAD and TdP increased with augmented dephosphorylation in the ventricular wedge preparations perfused with ibutilide under conditions of hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia. In the presence of AAP10, the incidence rates of EAD and TdP were reduced and the Tp-e/QT ratio decreased, with a parallel reduction in the level of non-phosphorylated Cx43. The results indicate that AAP10 suppressed ibutilide-induced TdP under conditions of hypokalemia and hypomagnesemia by decreasing TDR. AAP10 reduced TDR, possibly by preventing the dephosphorylation of Cx43 and thereby increasing myocardial cell gap junction coupling.
    Experimental and therapeutic medicine 05/2014; 7(5):1279-1284. DOI:10.3892/etm.2014.1601 · 1.27 Impact Factor
  • Xiaofen Wu · Rende Xu · Ming Cao · Lei Ruan · Xingfen Wang · Cuntai Zhang ·
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    ABSTRACT: Acute coronary syndrome is a serious medical emergency. It occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque ruptures, leading to thrombus formation within a coronary artery. Previous studies have shown that T cells are involved in the initiation and progression of acute coronary syndrome. CD4+CD28null T lymphocytes increase in atherosclerotic plaque, and voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.3 blockers can suppress the function of these cells in vitro by preventing exocytosis of their cytoplasmic granules. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of PAP-1, a small molecule voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.3 blocker, on the development of atherosclerosis (AS) in a rat model and the potential mechanism for this effect. Plasma lipids, interferonγ, CRP, CD4+CD28null T cells, and perforin were increased and unstable atherosclerotic plaques developed in the rat model of AS. Blockade of the Kv1.3 potassium channel via PAP-1 administration decreased perforin levels and prevented plaque formation but had no effect on the other changes seen in this AS model. These findings suggest that the small molecule, voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.3 blocker PAP-1 can suppress the development of AS in a rat model, most likely by inhibiting the exocytosis of cytoplasmic granules from CD4+CD28null T cells.
    Heart and Vessels 01/2014; 30(1). DOI:10.1007/s00380-013-0462-7 · 2.07 Impact Factor
  • Wang Jinli · Cuntai Zhang · Guan Wang · Yang Liu · Junyan Zhao · Xiaoqing Quan · Lei Ruan · Rong Bai ·

    Heart (British Cardiac Society) 10/2013; 99(Suppl 3):A284-A284. DOI:10.1136/heartjnl-2013-304613.802 · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The major structure elements of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) are α, β, and γ sunbunits. Mutations in γ2 subunit (PRKAG2) have been associated with a cardiac syndrome including inherited ventricular preexcitation, conduction disorder and hypertrophy mimicking hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The aim of the present study was to identify PRKAG2 syndrome among patients presenting with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Nineteen unrelated subjects with unexplained LVH were clinically and genetically evaluated. Among 4 patients with bradycardia, manifestations of preexcitation were only found in a 19 year old male who also developed congestive heart failure 3 years later. Electrophysiological study of this case identified the coexistence of an AV accessory pathway and AV conduction defect. Histological analysis of his ventricular tissue isolated by biopsy confirmed excessive glycogen accumulation, prominent myofibrillar disarray and interstitial fibrosis. Direct sequencing of his DNA revealed a heterozygous mutation in PRKAG2 consisting of an A-to-G transition at nucleotide 1453 (c.1453A>G), predicting a substitution of a glutamic acid for lysine at highly-conserved residue 485 (p.Lys485Glu, K485E), which was absent in his unaffected family members and in 215 healthy controls. To assess the role of K485 in the structure and function of the protein, computational modeling calculations and conservation analyses were performed. Electrostatic calculations indicate that K485 forms a salt bridge with the conserved D248 residue in the AMPK β subunit, which is critical for proper regulation of the enzyme, and the K485E mutant disrupts the connection. Our study identifies a novel de novo PRKAG2 mutation in a young, in which progression of the disease warrants close medical attention. It also underlines the importance of molecular screening of PRKAG2 gene in patients with unexplained LVH, ventricular preexcitation, conduction defect, and/or early onset of heart failure.
    PLoS ONE 05/2013; 8(5):e64603. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0064603 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Loss-of-function mutations in Na(v)1.5 cause sodium channelopathies, including Brugada syndrome, dilated cardiomyopathy, and sick sinus syndrome; however, no effective therapy exists. MOG1 increases plasma membrane (PM) expression of Na(v)1.5 and sodium current (I(Na)) density, thus we hypothesize that MOG1 can serve as a therapeutic target for sodium channelopathies. Methods and results: Knockdown of MOG1 expression using small interfering RNAs reduced Na(v)1.5 PM expression, decreased I(Na) densities by 2-fold in HEK/Na(v)1.5 cells and nearly abolished I(Na) in mouse cardiomyocytes. MOG1 did not affect Na(v)1.5 PM turnover. MOG1 small interfering RNAs caused retention of Na(v)1.5 in endoplasmic reticulum, disrupted the distribution of Na(v)1.5 into caveolin-3-enriched microdomains, and led to redistribution of Na(v)1.5 to noncaveolin-rich domains. MOG1 fully rescued the reduced PM expression and I(Na) densities by Na(v)1.5 trafficking-defective mutation D1275N associated with sick sinus syndrome/dilated cardiomyopathy/atrial arrhythmias. For Brugada syndrome mutation G1743R, MOG1 restored the impaired PM expression of the mutant protein and restored I(Na) in a heterozygous state (mixture of wild type and mutant Na(v)1.5) to a full level of a homozygous wild-type state. Conclusions: Use of MOG1 to enhance Na(v)1.5 trafficking to PM may be a potential personalized therapeutic approach for some patients with Brugada syndrome, dilated cardiomyopathy, and sick sinus syndrome in the future.
    Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology 02/2013; 6(2). DOI:10.1161/CIRCEP.111.000206 · 4.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To investigate current evidence linking ischemic postconditioning (IPC) to cardioprotection in patients receiving primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods: We performed searches of PubMed, Embase, MEDLINE and Cochrane databases from January 1998 to May 2011 for identifying relevant studies comparing IPC with usual care in patients undergoing primary PCI. A meta-analysis of eligible studies was assessed by Review Manager 5.0. Results: Thirteen studies were eligible. Compared to the control, observed outcomes such as peak creatine kinase [weighted mean difference (WMD) -537.48, 95% confidence interval (CI) -779.32 to -295.65 IU/l], peak creatine kinase-myocardial band (WMD -61.11, 95% CI -76.56 to -45.66 U/l), complete ST-segment resolution (risk ratio 1.38, 95% CI 1.07 to 1.77), blush grade during reflow (WMD 0.64, 95% CI 0.49 to 0.78), corrected TIMI frame count, single-photon emission computed tomography determining infarct size, long-term left ventricular ejection fraction and short-term and long-term wall motion score indexes were improved in IPC group, with less occurrence of heart failure during the 3-month to 3.4-year follow-up. Conclusions: Though current evidence indicates that IPC provides potential cardioprotection to patients receiving primary PCI, larger adequately powered studies should be undertaken to confirm its advantages.
    Cardiology 11/2012; 123(4):225-233. DOI:10.1159/000342660 · 2.18 Impact Factor
  • Jun Ke · Feng Chen · Cuntai Zhang · Xing Xiao · Jing Tu · Musen Dai · Xiaoping Wang · Bing Chen · Min Chen ·
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac hypertrophy is an independent risk factor for sudden cardiac death in clinical settings and the incidence of sudden cardiac death and ventricular arrhythmias are closely related. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of the calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMK) II inhibitor, KN-93, on L-type calcium current (I(Ca, L)) and early after-depolarizations (EADs) in hypertrophic cardiomyocytes. A rabbit model of myocardial hypertrophy was constructed through abdominal aortic coarctation (LVH group). The control group (sham group) received a sham operation, in which the abdominal aortic was dissected but not coarcted. Eight weeks later, the degree of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) was evaluated using echocardiography. Individual cardiomyocyte was isolated through collagenase digestion. Action potentials (APs) and I(Ca, L) were recorded using the perforated patch clamp technique. APs were recorded under current clamp conditions and I(Ca, L) was recorded under voltage clamp conditions. The incidence of EADs and I(ca, L) in the hypertrophic cardiomyocytes were observed under the conditions of low potassium (2 mmol/L), low magnesium (0.25 mmol/L) Tyrode's solution perfusion, and slow frequency (0.25-0.5 Hz) electrical stimulation. The incidence of EADs and I(ca, L) in the hypertrophic cardiomyocytes were also evaluated after treatment with different concentrations of KN-92 (KN-92 group) and KN-93 (KN-93 group). Eight weeks later, the model was successfully established. Under the conditions of low potassium, low magnesium Tyrode's solution perfusion, and slow frequency electrical stimulation, the incidence of EADs was 0/12, 11/12, 10/12, and 5/12 in sham group, LVH group, KN-92 group (0.5 μmol/L), and KN-93 group (0.5 μmol/L), respectively. When the drug concentration was increased to 1 μmol/L in KN-92 group and KN-93 group, the incidence of EADs was 10/12 and 2/12, respectively. At 0 mV, the current density was 6.7±1.0 and 6.3±0.7 PA·PF(-1) in LVH group and sham group, respectively (P>0.05, n=12). When the drug concentration was 0.5 μmol/L in KN-92 and KN-93 groups, the peak I(Ca, L) at 0 mV was decreased by (9.4±2.8)% and (10.5±3.0)% in the hypertrophic cardiomyocytes of the two groups, respectively (P>0.05, n=12). When the drug concentration was increased to 1 μmol/L, the peak I(Ca, L) values were lowered by (13.4±3.7)% and (40±4.9)%, respectively (P<0.01, n=12). KN-93, a specific inhibitor of CaMKII, can effectively inhibit the occurrence of EADs in hypertrophic cardiomyocytes partially by suppressing I(Ca, L), which may be the main action mechanism of KN-93 antagonizing the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias in hypertrophic myocardium.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 08/2012; 32(4):485-9. DOI:10.1007/s11596-012-0084-9 · 0.83 Impact Factor
  • Li He · Jianmin Xiao · Hui Fu · Guangsheng Du · Xing Xiao · Cuntai Zhang · Ye Gu · Yexin Ma ·
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of oxidative stress on ventricular arrhythmias in rabbits with adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy and the relationship between oxidative stress and ventricular arrhythmia. Forty Japanese white rabbits were randomly divided into four groups (n=10 in each): control group, metoprolol (a selective β1 receptor blocker) group, carvedilol (a nonselective β blocker/α-1 blocker) group and adriamycin group. Models of adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy were established by intravenously injecting adriamycin hydrochloride (1 mg/kg) to rabbits via the auri-edge vein twice a week for 8 weeks in the adriamycin, metoprolol and carvedilol groups. Rabbits in the control group were given equal volume of saline through the auri-edge vein. Rabbits in the metoprolol and carvedilol groups were then intragastrically administrated metoprolol (5 mg/kg/d) and carvedilol (5 mg/kg/d) respectively for 2 months, while those in the adriamycin and control groups were treated with equal volume of saline in the same manner as in the metroprolol and carvedilol groups. Left ventricular end diastolic diameter (LVEDd) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were measured by echocardiography. Plasma levels of N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), malondialdehyde (MAD) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were detected. The left ventricular wedge preparations were perfused with Tyrode's solution. The transmural electrocardiogram, transmural action potentials from epicardium (Epi) and endocardium (Endo), transmural repolarization dispersion (TDR) were recorded, and the incidences of triggered activity and ventricular arrhythmias were obtained at rapid cycle lengths. The results showed that TDR and the serum MDA and NT-proBNP levels were increased, and LVEF and the serum SOD level decreased in the adriamycin group compared with the control group. The incidences of triggered activity and ventricular arrhythmia were significantly higher in the adriamycin group than those in the control group (P<0.05). In the carvedilol group as compared with the adriamycin group, the serum SOD level and the LVEF were substantially increased; the TDR, and the serum MDA and NT-proBNP levels were significantly decreased; the incidences of triggered activity and ventricular arrhythmia were obviously reduced (P<0.05). There were no significant differences in the levels of MDA and SOD, LVEF, TDR and the incidences of triggered activity and ventricular arrhythmia between the adriamycin group and the metoprolol group. It was concluded that carvedilol may inhibit triggered activity and ventricular arrhythmias in rabbit with adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy, which is related to the decrease in oxygen free radials.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 06/2012; 32(3):334-9. DOI:10.1007/s11596-012-0058-y · 0.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Modulation of CD4(+)CD28null T cells through K+ channels could provide potential novel targets for the treatment acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, the surface phenotype and K+ channel expression of CD4(+)CD28null T cells in patients with ACS is unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the surface phenotype and K+ channel expression of CD4(+)CD28null T cells in patients with ACS. We found that more than 80% of CD4(+)CD28null T cells in patients with ACS showed a CD45RA(-)CD45RO(+)CCR7- surface phenotype. CD4(+)CD28(null) T expressed small numbers of the voltage-gated Kv1.3 and intermediate-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channel KCa3.1 when quiescent, but increased Kv1.3 expression 4-fold with little change in KCa3.1 levels upon activation. Consistent with their channel phenotypes, the production of interferon-γ and perforin in CD4(+)CD28null T cells was suppressed by the specific Kv1.3 blocker 5-(4-phenoxybutoxy)psoralen PAP-1. Therefore, selective targeting of Kv1.3 in CD4(+)CD28null T cells may hold potential therapeutic promise for ACS.
    Clinical Immunology 11/2011; 142(2):209-17. DOI:10.1016/j.clim.2011.10.009 · 3.67 Impact Factor
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    Tianjie Wang · Yuejin Yang · Cuntai Zhang · Qing Zhou · Rende Xu ·

    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 04/2011; 57(14). DOI:10.1016/S0735-1097(11)60054-5 · 16.50 Impact Factor
  • Jin Ma · Cuntai Zhang · Shen Huang · Guoqiang Wang · Xiaoqing Quan ·
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    ABSTRACT: The possibility of rats mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) modified with murine hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated 2 (mHCN2) gene as biological pacemakers in vitro was studied. The cultured MSCs were transfected with pIRES2-EGFP plasmid carrying enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene and mHCN2 gene. The identification using restriction enzyme and sequencing indicated that the mHCN2 gene was inserted to the pIRES2-EGFP. Green fluorescence could be seen in MSCs after transfection for 24-48 h. The expression of mHCN2 mRNA and protein in the transfected cells was detected by RT-PCR and Western blot, and the quantity of mHCN2 mRNA and protein expression in transfected MSCs was 5.31 times and 7.55 times higher than that of the non-transfected MSCs respectively (P<0.05, P<0.05). I(HCN2) was recorded by whole-cell patch clamp method. The effect of Cs+, a specific blocker of pacemaker current, was measured after perfusion by patch clamp. The results of inward current indicated that there was no inward current recording in non-transfected MSCs and a large voltage-dependent inward and Cs+-sensitive current activated on hyperpolarizations presented in the transfected MSCs. I(HCN2) was fully activated around -140 mV with an activation threshold of -60 mV. The midpoint (V50) was -95.1+/-0.9 mV (n=9). The study demonstrates that mHCN2 mRNA and protein can be expressed and the currents of HCN2 channels can be detected in genetically modified MSCs. The gene-modified MSCs present a novel method for pacemaker genes into the heart or other electrical syncytia.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 08/2010; 30(4):447-52. DOI:10.1007/s11596-010-0447-z · 0.83 Impact Factor
  • Jun Pu · Cuntai Zhang · Xiaoqing Quan · Guoan Zhao · Jiagao Lv · Bo Li · Rong Bai · Nian Liu · Yanfei Ruan · Ben He ·
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine if the potassium aspartate and magnesium (PAM) prevent reperfusion-induced ventricular arrhythmias (RIVA) in ischemia-reperfusion (IR) rabbit heart. Thirty rabbits were randomly divided into control, ischemia and PAM groups. Arterially-perfused rabbit left ventricular preparations were made, and transmural ECG as well as action potentials from both endocardium and epicardium were simultaneously recorded in the whole process of all experiments. In control group rabbit ventricular wedge preparations were continuously perfused with Tyrode's solution, and in ischemia group and PAM groups the perfusion of Tyrode's solution was stopped for 30 min. Then the ischemia group was reperfused with Tyrode's solution and the PAM group with Tyrode's solution containing 2.42 mg/L PAM, respectively. ECG, QT interval, transmural repolarization dispersion (TDR) and action potentials from epicardium and endocardium were simultaneously recorded, and the RIVA of the wedge preparation was observed. Compared with control group, TDR and incidence of RIVA were significantly increased in ischemia group (P<0.05). The incidence of RIVA in control, ischemia and PAM group was 0/10, 9/10 and 1/10, respectively. Compared with ischemia group, TDR and incidence of RIVA were significantly reduced in PAM group (P<0.05). Potassium aspartate and magnesium significantly reduce TDR and prevent ventricular arrhythmia in ischemic rabbit heart.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 10/2008; 28(5):517-9. DOI:10.1007/s11596-008-0506-x · 0.83 Impact Factor
  • Guoan Zhao · Jun Pu · Cuntai Zhang · Yexin Ma · Bo Li · Xiaoqing Quan ·
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    ABSTRACT: Intracellular Ca(2+) and Ca(2+)-dependent signaling molecule play an essential role in the genesis of long-QT (LQT) syndrome-related ventricular arrhythmias. The effect of calcium-channel antagonist verapamil on repolarization heterogeneity of ventricular myocardium was assessed in an in vitro rabbit model of LQT syndrome. By using the monophasic action potential (MAP) recording technique, MAPs of epicardium, mid-myocardium and endocardium were simultaneously recorded by specially designed plunge-needle electrodes across the left ventricular free wall in rabbit hearts perfused by Langendorff method with standard Tyrode's solution. Bradycardia was induced by complete ablation of atrioventricular node. A catheter was introduced into the right ventricle to pace at the cycle lengths (CLs) of 1500, 1000, and 500 ms, successively. Quinidine (2 micromol/L) prolonged QT interval and ventricular MAP duration (MAPD), and increased transmural dispersion of repolarization (TDR) in a reverse rate-dependent fashion in isolated rabbit heart. No polymorphic ventricular tachycardias were induced under this condition. The effective free therapeutic plasma concentrations of verapamil (0.01-0.05 micromol/L) used in this experiment had no effect on quinidine-induced changes of QT interval, MAPD and TDR. This study demonstrated that, in this model of LQT syndrome, blockade of calcium-channel with verapamil had no effect on quinidine-induced changes of repolatiation heterogeneity of ventricular myocardium.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 11/2007; 27(5):516-9. DOI:10.1007/s11596-007-0510-6 · 0.83 Impact Factor
  • Rong Wang · Cuntai Zhang · Yanfei Ruan · Nian Liu · Lin Wang ·
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    ABSTRACT: In order to confirm the hypothesis that during acute hypoxia, the antiarrhythmic peptide (AAP10) could improve conductance by changing the phosphorylation state of connexin43 (Cx43), isolated perfused rat hearts were randomly divided into three groups: control, hypoxia and AAP10 (n=9 in each group). The change in Cx43 phosphorylation was tested by Western-blot; the distribution of Cx43 was observed by confocal immunofluorescence microscopy. Western-blot analysis revealed that the expression of total Cx43 protein was significantly decreased during acute hypoxia, while nonphosphorylated Cx43 (NP-Cx43) was unchanged. AAP10 could increase the expression of total Cx43 protein, but had no effects on the NP-Cx43 protein. Immunofluorescence study showed that during acute hypoxia, both total Cx43 and NP-Cx43 proteins were greatly decreased, while AAP10 only increased the expression of total Cx43 protein, but had no effect of the NP-Cx43 protein expression. These findings suggested that the decrease of intercellular communication may be associated with the reduction of phosphorylated Cx43 (p-Cx43) and translocation of NP-Cx43 from the surface of gap junction into intracellular pools during acute hypoxia. AAP10 can improve intercellular communication by enhancing phosphorylation of Cx43.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 07/2007; 27(3):241-4. DOI:10.1007/s11596-007-0306-8 · 0.83 Impact Factor
  • Rong Bai · Jiagao Lü · Jun Pu · Nian Liu · Qiang Zhou · Yanfei Ruan · Huiyan Niu · Cuntai Zhang · Lin Wang · Ruth Kam ·
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    ABSTRACT: Benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) are well established. However, less is understood concerning its effects on myocardial repolarization and the potential proarrhythmic risk. Healthy dogs (n = 8) were compared to a long QT interval (LQT) model (n = 8, induced by cesium chloride, CsCl) and a dilated cardiomyopathy with congestive heart failure (DCM-CHF, induced by rapid ventricular pacing, n = 5). Monophasic action potential (MAP) recordings were obtained from the subendocardium, midmyocardium, subepicardium, and the transmural dispersion of repolarization (TDR) was calculated. The QT interval and the interval from the peak to the end of the T wave (T(p-e)) were measured. All these characteristics were compared during left ventricular epicardial (LV-Epi), right ventricular endocardial (RV-Endo), and biventricular (Bi-V) pacing. In healthy dogs, TDR prolonged to 37.54 ms for Bi-V pacing and to 47.16 ms for LV-Epi pacing as compared to 26.75 ms for RV-Endo pacing (P < 0.001), which was parallel to an augmentation in T(p-e) interval (Bi-V pacing, 64.29 ms; LV-Epi pacing, 57.89 ms; RV-Endo pacing, 50.29 ms; P < 0.01). During CsCl exposure, Bi-V and LV-Epi pacing prolonged MAPD, TDR, and T(p-e) interval as compared to RV-Endo pacing. The midmyocardial MAPD (276.30 ms vs 257.35 ms, P < 0.0001) and TDR (33.80 ms vs 27.58 ms, P=0.002) were significantly longer in DCM-CHF dogs than those in healthy dogs. LV-Epi and Bi-V pacing further prolonged the MAPD and TDR in this model. LV-Epi and Bi-V pacing result in prolongation of ventricular repolarization time, and increase of TDR accounted for a parallel augmentation of the T(p-e) interval, which provides evidence that T(p-e) interval accurately represents TDR. These effects are magnified in the LQT and DCM-CHF canine models in addition to their intrinsic transmural heterogeneity in the intact heart. This mechanism may contribute to the development of malignant ventricular arrhythmias, such as torsades de pointes (TdP) in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients treated with CRT.
    Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology 10/2005; 28(10):1098-106. DOI:10.1111/j.1540-8159.2005.00218.x · 1.13 Impact Factor
  • Cuntai Zhang · Dawen Xu · Yang Li · Nian Liu · Lin Wang · Zaiying Lu ·
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of the autonomic nerves on the transmural dispersion of ventricular repolarization in intact canine was investigated. By using the monophasic action potential (MAP) recording technique, monophasic action potentials (MAPs) of the epicardium (Epi), midmyocardium (Mid) and endocardium (Endo) were recorded simultaneously by specially designed plunge-needle electrodes at the left ventricular free wall in 12 open-chest dogs. MAPD90 and transmural dispersion of repolarization among three myocardial layers as well as the incidence of the EAD before autonomic nervous stimulation and during autonomic nervous stimulation were compared. The results showed that the MAPD90 of Epi, Mid and Endo before autonomic nervous stimulation were 278 +/- 11 ms, 316 +/- 16 ms and 270 +/- 12 ms respectively, the MAPD90 of Mid was significantly longer than that of Epi or Endo (P<0.01). MAPD90 of Epi, Mid and Endo were shortened by 19 +/- 4 ms, 45 +/- 6 ms, 18 +/- 3 ms respectively during sympathetic stimulation. Compared with that of the control, the transmural dispersion of repolarization during sympathetic stimulation was shortened from 44 +/- 4 ms to 15 +/- 3 ms (P<0.01), but early afterdepolarizations were elicited in the Mid of 5 dogs (41%) during sympathetic stimulation. Parasympathetic stimulation did not significantly affect the MAPD90 in the three layers. It is concluded that there is the transmural dispersion of ventricular repolarization in intact canine. Sympathetic stimulation can reduce transmural dispersion of repolarization, but it can produce early afterdepolarizations in the Mid. Parasympathetic stimulation does not significantly affect the transmural dispersion of ventricular repolarization.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 02/2004; 24(1):37-40. DOI:10.1007/BF02830701 · 0.83 Impact Factor
  • Nian Liu · Huiyan Niu · Yang Li · Cuntai Zhang · Qiang Zhou · Yanfei Ruan · Jun Pu · Zaiying Lu ·
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    ABSTRACT: To elucidate the mechanism of arrhythmia in healed myocardial infarction (HMI), the changes of action potential duration (APD), transient outward potassium current (Ito), delayed rectifier potassium current (IK) and inward rectifier potassium current (IK1) of left ventricular myocytes in non-infarcted zone of HMI were investigated. Rabbits were randomly assigned into two groups: HMI group, in which animals were subjected to thoracotomy and ligation of the circumflex coronary and sham-operated group, in which rabbits underwent thoracotomy but no conorary ligation. 3 months after the operation, the whole myocyte patch clamp technique was used to record APD, Ito, IK, and IK1 of ventricular myocytes in non-infarcted zone. Our results showed that the membrane capacitance was larger in HMI group than in sham-operated group. Action potential duration was significantly lengthened in HMI group and early afterdepolarization (EAD) appeared in HMI group. The densities of Ito, I(K, tail), and IK1 were reduced significantly in HMI group, from 6.72 +/- 0.42 pA/pF, 1.54 +/- 0.13 pA/pF and 25.6 +/- 2.6 pA/pF in sham-operated group to 4.03 +/- 0.33 pA/pF, 1.14 +/- 0.11 pA/pF and 17.6 +/- 2.3 pA/pF, respectively. It is concluded that the reduced densities of Ito, I(K, tail) and IK1 in ventricular myocytes of non-infarcted zone in HMI were responsible for the prolongation of APD and the presentation of EAD which played important roles in the development of malignant arrhythmia in HMI.
    Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology 02/2004; 24(2):128-31. DOI:10.1007/BF02885409 · 0.83 Impact Factor