Long QT Syndrome Type 3 (LQT3) is an inherited channelopathy associated with a high-risk of life-threating cardiac events across the entire age spectrum from infancy through adolescence to adults and seniors with unclear therapeutics. The central theme of our Multiple-PI LQT3 R01 grant is that joint collaborative investigations into the clinical, phenotype, genotype, and mechanistic aspects of LQT3 will yield novel insights and innovative targets for existing (beta- blocker) and new (sodium/calcium channel blockers) therapeutic approaches for this incompletely studied disorder, with potential extrapolation of the findings to other SCN5A-related medical conditions. This grant application involves three major research activities, each involving genotype-phenotype-therapeutic investigations at different basic and clinical levels involving: 1) Clinical: continue the enrollment and long-term follow-up of patients with LQT3 mutations in our ongoing LQT3 Registry that currently involves over 400 LQT3 patients and carry out population-based LQT3 risk stratification studies involving clinical, phenotype, gender, genotype, and therapy factors, with the information providing lead-ins to mechanistic basic science studies and gene-specific therapies;2) Basic science: conduct biophysical and pharmacological functional investigations on specific LQT3 mutations utilizing: a) innovative, patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) derived from patients in the LQT3 Registry harboring high-risk LQT3 mutations refractory to conventional therapy;b) relevant LQT3 mouse models investigating genetic risk and therapy in the intact animal;c) specific cellular expression studies to cross-validate the findings from the iPSC and mouse model studies and to evaluate dose-response therapies on disordered sodium-channel kinetics;and d) cardiomyocyte studies to complement beta-blocker and Na+ channel investigation in Aim 2c;and 3) Data management/analysis: provide centralized data management and coordinated biostatistical analyses to optimize the integration and science of the clinical and basic laboratory studies. The successful collaborative efforts of the two PIs (Drs. Moss and Kass) extend over 10 years of professional interactions. This Multiple-PI R01 will be carried out at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY and the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
This grant focuses on patients affected with the inherited Type 3 Long QT Syndrome. This research has public health and medical relevance. It will provide new insights into the clinical, basic science, and therapeutic aspects of this disease and will lead to more effective prevention of sudden death for patients with this disorder, and for patients with other genetic and acquired cardiac rhythm disorders.
|Moss, Arthur J (2014) New insights into the arrhythmogenic substrate of the long QT syndrome. Circulation 130:1929-30|