BACKGROUND-: Little is known about the function of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs) in the adult heart experimentally. Moreover, whether these Ca release channels are present and play a critical role in human cardiomyocytes remains to be defined. IP3Rs may be activated after Gαq-protein-coupled receptor stimulation, affecting Ca cycling, enhancing myocyte performance, and potentially favoring an increase in the incidence of arrhythmias. METHODS AND RESULTS-: IP3R function was determined in human left ventricular myocytes, and this analysis was integrated with assays in mouse myocytes to identify the mechanisms by which IP3Rs influence the electric and mechanical properties of the myocardium. We report that IP3Rs are expressed and operative in human left ventricular myocytes. After Gαq-protein-coupled receptor activation, Ca mobilized from the sarcoplasmic reticulum via IP3Rs contributes to the decrease in resting membrane potential, prolongation of the action potential, and occurrence of early afterdepolarizations. Ca transient amplitude and cell shortening are enhanced, and extrasystolic and dysregulated Ca elevations and contractions become apparent. These alterations in the electromechanical behavior of human cardiomyocytes are coupled with increased isometric twitch of the myocardium and arrhythmic events, suggesting that Gαq-protein-coupled receptor activation provides inotropic reserve, which is hampered by electric instability and contractile abnormalities. Additionally, our findings support the notion that increases in Ca load by IP3Rs promote Ca extrusion by forward-mode Na/Ca exchange, an important mechanism of arrhythmic events. CONCLUSIONS-: The Gαq-protein/coupled receptor/IP3R axis modulates the electromechanical properties of the human myocardium and its propensity to develop arrhythmias.
- inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors
- myocytes, cardiac
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)