Background: Calmodulin (CaM) mutations have been identified recently in subjects with congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) or catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), but the mechanisms responsible for these divergent arrhythmia-susceptibility syndromes in this context are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that LQTS-associated CaM mutants disrupt Ca2+ homeostasis in developing cardiomyocytes possibly by affecting either late Na current or Ca2+-dependent inactivation of L-type Ca2+ current. Methods and Results: We coexpressed CaM mutants with the human cardiac Na channel (NaV1.5) in tsA201 cells, and we used mammalian fetal ventricular cardiomyocytes to investigate LQTS- and CPVT-associated CaM mutations (LQTS- and CPVT-CaM). LQTS-CaM mutants do not consistently affect L-type Na current in heterologous cells or native cardiomyocytes, suggesting that the Na channel does not contribute to LQTS pathogenesis in the context of CaM mutations. LQTS-CaM mutants (D96V, D130G, F142L) impaired Ca2+-dependent inactivation, whereas the CPVT-CaM mutant N54I had no effect on Ca2+-dependent inactivation. LQTS-CaM mutants led to loss of Ca2+-transient entrainment with the rank order from greatest to least effect: CaM-D130G~CaM-D96V≫CaM-F142L. This rank order follows measured Ca2+-CaM affinities for wild-type and mutant CaM. Acute isoproterenol restored entrainment for CaM-130G and CaM-D96V but caused irreversible cytosolic Ca2+ overload for cells expressing a CPVT-CaM mutant. Conclusions: CaM mutations associated with LQTS may not affect L-type Na+ current but may evoke defective Ca2+-dependent inactivation of L-type Ca2+ current.
- L-type Ca channel
- Long QT Syndrome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine