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      Association of Met439Thr Substitution in Heat Shock Protein 70 Gene with Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation and Serum HSP70 Protein Levels

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          Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia encountered following cardiac surgery. Previously, we have shown that higher expression of heat shock protein (HSP) 70 was associated with decreased incidence of postoperative AF (PoAF), suggestive of an antiarrhythmic role. Objective: We have hypothesised that Met493Thr substitution of one of the important hsp70 genes may cause loss of these protective antiarrhythmic effects. We therefore set out to examine the influence of hsp70 genotype on the incidence of PoAF. Methods and Results: We prospectively recruited 244 Caucasian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass surgery. The median age was 65 years (40–80 years). PoAF was defined as the characteristic arrhythmia lasting for at least 15 min, occurring within first week following surgery and requiring treatment. This occurred in 48 patients (19.7%). Validated Met493Thr substitution in hsp70-Hom was determined using established techniques. Of 244 patients, genotype was determined for 242 cases. The three genotypes (MM, MT, and TT) were present at frequencies of 0.66, 0.31, and 0.03, respectively, and were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. In unifactorial analysis patients carrier or homozygous for 493Thr mutation had significantly higher incidence of PoAF (Pearson χ<sup>2</sup> = 4.3, p = 0.037). Multivariate analysis confirmed the positive association of hsp70-Hom with PoAF (OR, 2.43; p = 0.016) independent of age, sex, previous myocardial infarction, number of distal anastomoses, and duration of ventilation, respectively. Serum HSP70 was ranging from 0.74 to 31.91 ng/ml (median, 2.89) and was not correlated with PoAF. Presence of 493Thr mutation was also significantly correlated with higher levels of serum HSP70 (p = 0.009). Conclusions: Our data show that a mutation in hsp70-Hom gene is associated with higher incidence of PoAF. These findings are consistent with our previous results and may suggest that patients harbouring this substitution will have less endogenous myocardial protection against AF in stressful situations.

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          Between January 1, 1986, and December 31, 1991, 4,507 adult patients underwent cardiac surgical procedures requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. Of these patients, 3,983 patients who did not undergo operation for supraventricular tachycardia and who were in normal sinus rhythm preoperatively form the study group for the present study. Postoperatively, all patients were monitored continuously for the development of arrhythmias until the time of hospital discharge. The incidence of atrial arrhythmias requiring treatment for the most commonly performed operative procedures were as follows: coronary artery bypass grafting, 31.9%; coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve replacement, 63.6%; coronary artery bypass grafting and aortic valve replacement, 48.8%; and heart transplantation, 11.1%. For all patients considered collectively, the risk factors associated with an increased incidence of postoperative atrial arrhythmias (p < 0.05 by multivariate logistic regression) included increasing patient age, preoperative use of digoxin, history of rheumatic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and increasing aortic cross-clamp time. Postoperative atrial fibrillation was associated with an increased incidence of postoperative stroke (3.3% versus 1.4%; p < 0.0005), increased length of hospitalization in the intensive care unit (5.7 versus 3.4 days; p = 0.001) and postoperative nursing ward (10.9 versus 7.5 days; p = 0.0001), increased incidence of postoperative ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation (9.2% versus 4.0%; p < 0.0005), and an increased need for placement of a permanent pacemaker (3.7% versus 1.6%; p < 0.0005). These data provide a basis for targeting specific patient subgroups for prospective, randomized trials of therapeutic modalities designed to decrease the incidence of postoperative atrial arrhythmias.
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            Role of the cytosolic chaperones Hsp70 and Hsp90 in maturation of the cardiac potassium channel HERG.

            The human ether-a-gogo-related gene (hERG) encodes the alpha subunit of the cardiac potassium current IKr. Several mutations in hERG produce trafficking-deficient channels that may cause hereditary long-QT syndrome and sudden cardiac death. Although hERG currents have been studied extensively, little is known about the proteins involved in maturation and trafficking of hERG. Using immunoprecipitations, we show that the cytosolic chaperones heat shock protein (Hsp) 70 and Hsp90, but not Grp94, interact with hERG wild type (WT) during maturation. The specific Hsp90 inhibitor geldanamycin prevents maturation and increases proteasomal degradation of hERG WT, while reducing hERG currents in heterologous expression systems. In ventricular myocytes, inhibition of Hsp90 also decreases IKr, whereas geldanamycin had no effect on IKs or heterologously expressed Kv2.1 and Kv1.5 currents. Both Hsp90 and Hsp70 interact directly with the core-glycosylated form of hERG WT present in the endoplasmic reticulum but not the fully glycosylated, cell-surface form. For the trafficking-deficient LQT2 mutants, hERG R752W and hERG G601S, interactions with Hsp90 and Hsp70 are increased as both mutants remained tightly associated with Hsp90 and Hsp70 in the endoplasmic reticulum. Incubation at lower temperature for R752W or with the hERG blocker astemizole for G601S dissociates channel-chaperone complexes and restores trafficking. In contrast, nonfunctional but trafficking-competent hERG G628S is released from chaperone complexes during maturation comparable to WT. We conclude that Hsp90 and Hsp70 are crucial for the maturation of hERG WT as well as the retention of trafficking-deficient LQT2 mutants. The full text of this article is available online at
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              Transgenic mice expressing the human heat shock protein 70 have improved post-ischemic myocardial recovery.

              Heat shock treatment induces expression of several heat shock proteins and subsequent post-ischemic myocardial protection. Correlations exist between the degree of stress used to induce the heat shock proteins, the amount of the inducible heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and the level of myocardial protection. The inducible HSP70 has also been shown to be protective in transfected myogenic cells. Here we examined the role of human inducible HSP70 in transgenic mouse hearts. Overexpression of the human HSP70 does not appear to affect normal protein synthesis or the stress response in transgenic mice compared with nontransgenic mice. After 30 min of ischemia, upon reperfusion, transgenic hearts versus nontransgenic hearts showed significantly improved recovery of contractile force (0.35 +/- 0.08 versus 0.16 +/- 0.05 g, respectively, P < 0.05), rate of contraction, and rate of relaxation. Creatine kinase, an indicator of cellular injury, was released at a high level (67.7 +/- 23.0 U/ml) upon reperfusion from nontransgenic hearts, but not transgenic hearts (1.6 +/- 0.8 U/ml). We conclude that high level constitutive expression of the human inducible HSP70 plays a direct role in the protection of the myocardium from ischemia and reperfusion injury.

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                S. Karger AG
                April 2008
                10 October 2007
                : 110
                : 1
                : 45-52
                Departments of aClinical Developmental Sciences, bCardiac and Vascular Sciences and cCardiothoracic Surgery, St George’s University of London, and dCommunity Health Sciences, London, UK
                109406 Cardiology 2008;110:45–52
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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