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Campuzano O.,Cardiovascular Genetics Center | Campuzano O.,University of Girona | Campuzano O.,Research Center Biomedica En Red Of Enfermedades Cardiovasculares Cibercv | Perez-Serra A.,Cardiovascular Genetics Center | And 7 more authors.
American Journal of Case Reports | Year: 2017

Background: PRKAG2 syndrome diagnosis is already well-defined as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), ventricular hypertrophy (VH) due to glycogen accumulation, and conduction system disease (CSD). Because of its rarity, there is a lack of literature focused on the treatment. The present study aimed to describe appropriate strategies for the treatment of affected family members with PRKAG2 syndrome with a long follow-up period. Case Report: We studied 60 selected individuals from 84 family members (32 males, 53.3%) (mean age 27±16 years). Patients with WPW and/or VH were placed in a group of 18 individuals, in which 11 (61.1%) had VH and WPW, 6 (33.3%) had isolated WPW, and 1 (5.6%) had isolated VH. Palpitations occurred in 16 patients (88.9%), chest pain in 11 (61.1%), dizziness in 13 (72.2%), syncope in 15 (83.3%), and dyspnea in 13 (72%). Sudden cardiac death (SCD) occurred in 2 (11.1%), and 2 patients with cardiac arrest (CA) had asystole and pre-excited atrial flutter-fibrillation (AFL and AF) as the documented mechanism. Transient ischemic attack (TIA) and learning/language disabilities with delayed development were observed. Genetic analysis identified a new missense pathogenic variant (p.K290I) in the PRKAG2 gene. Cardiac histopathology demonstrated the predominance of vacuoles containing glycogen derivative and fibrosis. The treatment was based on hypertension and diabetes mellitus (DM) control, antiarrhythmic drugs (AD), anticoagulation, and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RCA). Six patients (33.3%) underwent pacemaker implantation (PM). Conclusions: The present study describes the clinical treatment for a rare cardiac syndrome caused by a PRKAG2 mutation. © Am J Case Rep, 2017.


Fernandez-Falgueras A.,Cardiovascular Genetics Center | Sarquella-Brugada G.,University of Barcelona | Brugada J.,University of Barcelona | Brugada R.,Cardiovascular Genetics Center | And 4 more authors.
Biology | Year: 2017

Sudden cardiac death poses a unique challenge to clinicians because it may be the only symptom of an inherited heart condition. Indeed, inherited heart diseases can cause sudden cardiac death in older and younger individuals. Two groups of familial diseases are responsible for sudden cardiac death: cardiomyopathies (mainly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy) and channelopathies (mainly long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, short QT syndrome, and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia). This review focuses on cardiac channelopathies, which are characterized by lethal arrhythmias in the structurally normal heart, incomplete penetrance, and variable expressivity. Arrhythmias in these diseases result from pathogenic variants in genes encoding cardiac ion channels or associated proteins. Due to a lack of gross structural changes in the heart, channelopathies are often considered as potential causes of death in otherwise unexplained forensic autopsies. The asymptomatic nature of channelopathies is cause for concern in family members who may be carrying genetic risk factors, making the identification of these genetic factors of significant clinical importance. © 2017 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


Zabalza M.,Hospital Universitari Josep Trueta | Subirana I.,CIBER ISCIII | Sala J.,Hospital Universitari Josep Trueta | Sala J.,University of Girona | And 9 more authors.
Heart | Year: 2012

Aims: To perform a meta-analysis of the association between CYP2C19 loss- and gain-of-function variants and cardiovascular outcomes and bleeding in patients with coronary artery disease treated with clopidogrel, and to explore the causes of heterogeneity between studies. Methods: A comprehensive literature search was conducted. A random-effects model was used to summarise the results. In the presence of between-study heterogeneity, a meta-regression analysis was performed to identify study characteristics explaining this heterogeneity. Results: Patients who carried a loss-of-function allele, mainly CYP2C19*2, did not present an increased risk of a cardiovascular event, HR =1.23 (95% CI 0.97 to 1.55). Substantial heterogeneity was observed between studies (I 2 =35.6), which was partially explained by the study sample size: the pooled HR was higher among studies with a sample size <500 patients (HR =3.55; 95% CI 1.66 to 7.56) and lower among studies with a sample size ≥500 (HR =1.06; 95% CI 0.89 to 1.26). CYP2C19*2 was associated with an increased risk of a stent thrombosis (HR =2.24; 95% CI 1.52 to 3.30). The gain-of-function allele, mainly CYP2C19*17, was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events (HR =0.75; 95% CI 0.66 to 0.87) and a higher risk of major bleeding (HR =1.26; 95% CI 1.05 to 1.50). Conclusions: Not only CYP2C19 loss-of-function but also gain-of-function alleles should be considered to define the pharmacogenetic response to clopidogrel. The results question the relevance of the CYP2C19 loss-of-function alleles in the prediction of major cardiovascular events beyond stent thrombosis in coronary patients treated with clopidogrel. The gain-of-function variant is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular events but a higher risk of bleeding.


Campuzano O.,Cardiovascular Genetics Center | Alcalde M.,Cardiovascular Genetics Center | Berne P.,Hospital Clinic of Barcelona | Zorio E.,Polytechnic University of Valencia | And 4 more authors.
European Journal of Medical Genetics | Year: 2013

Introduction: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy is an inherited disease characterized by a progressive myocardium fibrofatty replacement. This abnormality disrupts electrical transmission causing ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. This genetic disease is transmitted mainly with an autosomal dominant pattern. Our aim was to identify the genetic defect responsible for the pathology in a Spanish family, and to perform its phenotype connotations. Material and methods: A total of 15 individuals in a three-generation Spanish family were screened after the sudden cardiac death of one family member. All they underwent a complete physical examination, 12-lead electrocardiogram, 2-dimensional echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, exercise stress test, 24-h Holter and genetic testing. Results: Autopsy revealed the presence of biventricular arrhythmogenic dysplasia in deceased member. Six family members showed clinical symptoms but only three of them fulfilled definite diagnostic criteria of the disease. Genetic analysis showed a novel nonsense genetic variation in nine family members. Allfamily members with clinical symptoms carried the genetic variation. Conclusions: Genetic testing in families affected by arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy helps to identify the genetic cause responsible for the disease. The incomplete penetrance and variable phenotypic expression highlights the need of comprehensive genetic analysis and further phenotype implications of genetics to clarify the pathophysiology of the disease. © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS.


Alcalde M.,University of Girona | Campuzano O.,University of Girona | Allegue C.,University of Girona | Torres M.,University of Santiago de Compostela | And 9 more authors.
International Journal of Legal Medicine | Year: 2014

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a rare cardiac disease characterized by myocardial fibrofatty replacement, which can lead to sudden death. Previous studies have described a reduction of plakoglobin (PKG) protein at the level of intercalated disks as the hallmark of ARVC. The main objective of this study was to investigate the involvement of desmosome mutations in the histological phenotype of ARVC. We performed a genetic analysis of ARVC cases, and histological characterization of ARVC heart tissue samples. We genetically analyzed 48 ARVC cases distributed into two groups: 42 human tissue heart samples with conclusive diagnoses of ARVC after post-mortem examination; and six DNA samples from peripheral blood of living patients who were clinically diagnosed. Sequenom MassARRAY analysis revealed three ARVC-associated variants in three patients in 42 tissue samples (7.14 %). Three individuals carried one single pathogenic mutation, p.R811S _PKP2, p.S824L_DSC2, and p.T526M_PKP2 in postmortem samples. In the living patients group, Sequenom MassARRAY revealed no mutation, however, later Sanger sequencing analysis identified three ARVC mutations in 2/6 patients not included in the Sequenom design. In post-mortem tissue samples we performed immunohistochemical labeling for desmosomal proteins and Connexin 43. This study revealed that PKP2 carriers present either absent or clearly reduced PKG immunolabeling, while the DSC2 carrier showed PKG immunolabeling similar to control samples. Immunolabeling for Cx43 did not show any differences compared to controls. The present Sequenom MassARRAY design is a useful tool for post-mortem genetic diagnosis of ARVC. Plakoglobin reduction occurs at intercalated disks, while other desmosome proteins and Cx43 remain unaltered. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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