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Chronic Volume Overload Caused by Abdominal Aorto-Venocaval Shunt Provides Arrhythmogenic Substrates in the Rat Atrium
Megumi AimotoKeita YagiAya EzawaYayoi TsuneokaKohei KumadaTakeshi HasegawaTetsuo KuzeToshiki ChibaYoshinobu NagasawaHikaru TanakaAkira Takahara
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2022 年 45 巻 5 号 p. 635-642


Atrial enlargement is thought to provide arrhythmogenic substrates, leading to the induction of atrial fibrillation (AF). In this study, we investigated the anatomical, molecular biological, and electrophysiological characteristics of remodeled atria in an animal model with chronic volume overload. We used rats that underwent abdominal aorto-venocaval shunt (AVS) surgery. In the in vivo studies, marked changes in electrocardiogram parameters, such as the P-wave duration, PR interval, and QRS width, as well as prolongation of the atrial effective refractory period were observed 12 weeks after the creation of AVS (AVS-12W), which were undetected at 8 weeks postoperative (AVS-8W) despite obvious atrial and ventricular enlargement. Moreover, the duration of AF induced by burst pacing in the AVS-12W rats was significantly longer than that in the Sham and AVS-8W rats. In the isolated atria, a longer action potential duration at 90% repolarization was detected in the AVS-12W rats compared with that in the Sham group. The mRNA levels of the Kv and Kir channels in the right atrium were mostly upregulated in the AVS-8W rats but were downregulated in the AVS-12W rats. These results show that chronic volume overload caused by abdominal AVS provides arrhythmogenic substrates in the rat atrium. The difference in gene expression in the right atrium between the AVS-8W and AVS-12W rats may partly explain the acquisition of arrhythmogenicity.

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