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Articles by D Dobrev
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  R Wakili , Y. H Yeh , X Yan Qi , M Greiser , D Chartier , K Nishida , A Maguy , L. R Villeneuve , P Boknik , N Voigt , J Krysiak , S Kaab , U Ravens , W. A Linke , G. J. M Stienen , Y Shi , J. C Tardif , U Schotten , D Dobrev and S. Nattel

Atrial fibrillation impairs atrial contractility, inducing atrial stunning that promotes thromboembolic stroke. Action potential (AP)-prolonging drugs are reported to normalize atrial hypocontractility caused by atrial tachycardia remodeling (ATR). Here, we addressed the role of AP duration (APD) changes in ATR-induced hypocontractility.

Methods and Results—

ATR (7-day tachypacing) decreased APD (perforated patch recording) by 50%, atrial contractility (echocardiography, cardiomyocyte video edge detection), and [Ca2+]i transients. ATR AP waveforms suppressed [Ca2+]i transients and cell shortening of control cardiomyocytes; whereas control AP waveforms improved [Ca2+]i transients and cell shortening in ATR cells. However, ATR cardiomyocytes clamped with the same control AP waveform had 60% smaller [Ca2+]i transients and cell shortening than control cells. We therefore sought additional mechanisms of contractile impairment. Whole-cell voltage clamp revealed reduced ICaL; ICaL inhibition superimposed on ATR APs further suppressed [Ca2+]i transients in control cells. Confocal microscopy indicated ATR-impaired propagation of the Ca2+ release signal to the cell center in association with loss of t-tubular structures. Myofilament function studies in skinned permeabilized cardiomyocytes showed altered Ca2+ sensitivity and force redevelopment in ATR, possibly due to hypophosphorylation of myosin-binding protein C and myosin light-chain protein 2a (immunoblot). Hypophosphorylation was related to multiple phosphorylation system abnormalities where protein kinase A regulatory subunits were downregulated, whereas autophosphorylation and expression of Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II and protein phosphatase 1 activity were enhanced. Recovery of [Ca2+]i transients and cell shortening occurred in parallel after ATR cessation.


Shortening of APD contributes to hypocontractility induced by 1-week ATR but accounts for it only partially. Additional contractility-suppressing mechanisms include ICaL current reduction, impaired subcellular Ca2+ signal transmission, and altered myofilament function associated with abnormal myosin and myosin-associated protein phosphorylation. The complex mechanistic basis of the atrial hypocontractility associated with AF argues for upstream therapeutic targeting rather than interventions directed toward specific downstream pathophysiological derangements.

  A Goette , A Bukowska , D Dobrev , J Pfeiffenberger , H Morawietz , D Strugala , I Wiswedel , F. W Rohl , C Wolke , S Bergmann , P Bramlage , U Ravens and U. Lendeckel

Patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) often present with typical angina pectoris and mildly elevated levels of cardiac troponin (non ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) during an arrhythmic event. However, in a large proportion of these patients, significant coronary artery disease is excluded by coronary angiography. Here we explored the potential underlying mechanism of these events.

Methods and results

A total of 14 pigs were studied using a closed chest, rapid atrial pacing (RAP) model. In five pigs RAP was performed for 7 h (600 b.p.m.; n = 5), in five animals RAP was performed in the presence of angiotensin-II type-1-receptor (AT1-receptor) inhibitor irbesartan (RAP+Irb), and four pigs were instrumented without intervention (Sham). One-factor analysis of variance was performed to assess differences between and within the three groups. Simultaneous measurements of fractional flow reserve (FFR) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) before, during, and after RAP demonstrated unchanged FFR (P = 0.327), but decreased CFR during RAP (RAP: 67.7 ± 7.2%, sham: 97.2 ± 2.8%, RAP+Irb: 93.2 ± 3.3; P = 0.0013) indicating abnormal left ventricular (LV) microcirculation. Alterations in microcirculatory blood flow were accompanied by elevated ventricular expression of NADPH oxidase subunit Nox2 (P = 0.039), lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1, P = 0.004), and F2-isoprostane levels (P = 0.008) suggesting RAP-related oxidative stress. Plasma concentrations of cardiac troponin-I (cTn-I) increased in RAP (RAP: 613.3 ± 125.8 pmol/L vs. sham: 82.5 ± 12.5 pmol/L; P = 0.013), whereas protein levels of eNOS and LV function remained unchanged. RAP+Irb prevented the increase of Nox2, LOX-1, and F2-isoprostanes, and abolished the impairment of microvascular blood flow.


Rapid atrial pacing induces AT1-receptor-mediated oxidative stress in LV myocardium that is accompanied by impaired microvascular blood flow and cTn-I release. These findings provide a plausible mechanism for the frequently observed cTn-I elevation accompanied with typical angina pectoris symptoms in patients with paroxysmal AF and normal (non-stenotic) coronary arteries.

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