Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Corrects Dyssynchrony-Induced Regional Gene Expression Changes on a Genomic Level

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
Circulation Cardiovascular Genetics (Impact Factor: 4.6). 08/2009; 2(4):371-8. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.108.832345
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Cardiac electromechanical dyssynchrony causes regional disparities in workload, oxygen consumption, and myocardial perfusion within the left ventricle. We hypothesized that such dyssynchrony also induces region-specific alterations in the myocardial transcriptome that are corrected by cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
Adult dogs underwent left bundle branch ablation and right atrial pacing at 200 bpm for either 6 weeks (dyssynchronous heart failure, n=12) or 3 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of resynchronization by biventricular pacing at the same pacing rate (CRT, n=10). Control animals without left bundle branch block were not paced (n=13). At 6 weeks, RNA was isolated from the anterior and lateral left ventricular (LV) walls and hybridized onto canine-specific 44K microarrays. Echocardiographically, CRT led to a significant decrease in the dyssynchrony index, while dyssynchronous heart failure and CRT animals had a comparable degree of LV dysfunction. In dyssynchronous heart failure, changes in gene expression were primarily observed in the anterior LV, resulting in increased regional heterogeneity of gene expression within the LV. Dyssynchrony-induced expression changes in 1050 transcripts were reversed by CRT to levels of nonpaced hearts (false discovery rate <5%). CRT remodeled transcripts with metabolic and cell signaling function and greatly reduced regional heterogeneity of gene expression as compared with dyssynchronous heart failure.
Our results demonstrate a profound effect of electromechanical dyssynchrony on the regional cardiac transcriptome, causing gene expression changes primarily in the anterior LV wall. CRT corrected the alterations in gene expression in the anterior wall, supporting a global effect of biventricular pacing on the ventricular transcriptome that extends beyond the pacing site in the lateral wall.

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    • "Most of these changes can be reversed by CRT [11]. Additional studies identifying regional changes in ionic channels and multiple gene transcripts [12], [13] have revealed a highly complicated picture in which multiple players are involved. Therefore, comprehensive understanding of the effects of various pacing modes at the molecular level will require extensive additional scientific efforts. "
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    • "Although experimental in vivo ischemia most commonly involves mono-vasal occlusion, very few investigations have been addressed to comparative analysis on tissues from different LV regions [9,11-13], as most reports on small animal models analyzed the total or partial left ventricular tissue [24-26] or even both ventricles combined [27]. "
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    • "Dyssynchrony index was calculated as the standard deviation of time to peak eC (TTP) for 16 segments per animal, where time to peak strain was measured from the QRS complex. This index has been previously used to assess dyssynchrony in experimental and clinical studies [12,13,17-20]. The primary comparisons were made between infarct, peri-infarct, and normal segments at three time-points, namely, pre-MI (baseline), early (7-11 days), and late (30-40 days) post-MI. "
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