Ankyrin-based cardiac arrhythmias: a new class of channelopathies due to loss of cellular targeting.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review addresses a new mechanism for arrhythmia due to abnormal cellular localization of membrane ion channels and transporters. The focus is on ankyrins, a family of proteins that localize diverse membrane ion channels and transporters, and recent evidence that mutations affecting functions of ankyrins result in cardiac arrhythmia. RECENT FINDINGS: A loss-of-function mutation of ankyrin-B in humans and a null mutation in mice result in a dominantly-inherited fatal cardiac arrhythmia initially classified as type 4 long QT syndrome. Characterization of additional probands suggests ankyrin-B mutations cause a new cardiac arrhythmia syndrome associated with sinus node dysfunction that is distinct from long QT syndrome. Ankyrin-B mutation results in elevated calcium transients in cardiomyocytes accompanied by loss of cellular targeting of Na/K ATPase, Na/Ca exchanger, and InsP3 receptor (all ankyrin-binding proteins) to cardiomyocyte membrane domains. The principal voltage-gated Na channel in heart, Nav1.5, is directly associated with ankyrin-G, which is encoded by a distinct gene from ankyrin-B. Mutation of Nav1.5 causing loss of binding to ankyrin-G results in Brugada syndrome and loss of targeting of Nav1.5 to the cell surface of cardiomyocytes. SUMMARY: Ankyrin-B and ankyrin-G are recently recognized constituents of the heart that target diverse ion channels/pumps/transporters to physiologic sites of action in cardiomyocytes. Mutations of ankyrin-B cause a newly defined cardiac arrhythmia syndrome associated with abnormal calcium homeostasis in a mouse model. Ankyrin-G associates with the principal voltage-gated Na channel in the heart, and loss of this interaction due to mutation of Nav1.5 results in Brugada syndrome.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mohler, PJ; Bennett, V

Published Date

  • May 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 189 - 193

PubMed ID

  • 15861006

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0268-4705

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.hco.0000160372.95116.3e


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States