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Mouse models of SCN5A-related cardiac arrhythmias.


Both gain- and loss-of-function mutations in the SCN5A gene, which encodes the alpha-subunit of the cardiac voltage-gated Na(+) channel Na(v)1.5, are well established to underlie hereditary arrhythmic syndromes (cardiac channelopathies) such as the type 3 long QT syndrome, cardiac conduction diseases, Brugada syndrome, sick sinus syndrome, atrial standstill and numerous overlap syndromes. Although patch-clamp studies in heterologous expression systems have provided important information to understand the genotype-phenotype relationships of these diseases, they could not clarify how mutations can be responsible for such a large spectrum of diseases, the late age of onset or the progressiveness of some of them, and for the overlapping syndromes. Genetically modified mice rapidly appeared as promising tools for understanding the pathophysiological sequence of cardiac SCN5A-related channelopathies and several mouse models have been established. Here, we review the results obtained on these models that, for most of them, convincingly recapitulate the clinical phenotypes of the patients but that also have their own limitations. Mouse models turn out to be powerful tools to elucidate the pathophysiological mechanisms of SCN5A-related diseases and offer the opportunity to investigate the cellular consequences of SCN5A mutations such as the remodelling of other gene expression that might participate in the overall phenotype and explain some of the differences among patients. Finally, they also constitute useful tools for future studies addressing as yet unanswered questions, such as the role of genetic and environmental modifiers on cardiac conduction and repolarisation.

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inserm-00369703 , version 1 (20-03-2009)



Flavien Charpentier, Anne Bourgé, Jean Mérot. Mouse models of SCN5A-related cardiac arrhythmias.. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 2008, 98 (2-3), pp.230-7. ⟨10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2008.10.012⟩. ⟨inserm-00369703⟩
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