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Computational assessment of the functional role of sinoatrial node exit pathways in the human heart.

Tytuł :
Computational assessment of the functional role of sinoatrial node exit pathways in the human heart.
Autorzy :
Sanjay R Kharche
Edward Vigmond
Igor R Efimov
Halina Dobrzynski
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Temat :
Medicine
Science
Źródło :
PLoS ONE, Vol 12, Iss 9, p e0183727 (2017)
Wydawca :
Public Library of Science (PLoS), 2017.
Rok publikacji :
2017
Kolekcja :
LCC:Medicine
LCC:Science
Typ dokumentu :
article
Opis pliku :
electronic resource
Język :
English
ISSN :
1932-6203
Relacje :
https://doaj.org/toc/1932-6203
DOI :
10.1371/journal.pone.0183727
Dostęp URL :
https://doaj.org/article/ac0dae29be0e46769dedbd0b00c2fa7c
Numer akcesji :
edsdoj.0dae29be0e46769dedbd0b00c2fa7c
Czasopismo naukowe
AimThe human right atrium and sinoatrial node (SAN) anatomy is complex. Optical mapping experiments suggest that the SAN is functionally insulated from atrial tissue except at discrete SAN-atrial electrical junctions called SAN exit pathways, SEPs. Additionally, histological imaging suggests the presence of a secondary pacemaker close to the SAN. We hypothesise that a) an insulating border-SEP anatomical configuration is related to SAN arrhythmia; and b) a secondary pacemaker, the paranodal area, is an alternate pacemaker but accentuates tachycardia. A 3D electro-anatomical computational model was used to test these hypotheses.MethodsA detailed 3D human SAN electro-anatomical mathematical model was developed based on our previous anatomical reconstruction. Electrical activity was simulated using tissue specific variants of the Fenton-Karma action potential equations. Simulation experiments were designed to deploy this complex electro-anatomical system to assess the roles of border-SEPs and paranodal area by mimicking experimentally observed SAN arrhythmia. Robust and accurate numerical algorithms were implemented for solving the mono domain reaction-diffusion equation implicitly, calculating 3D filament traces, and computing dominant frequency among other quantitative measurements.ResultsA centre to periphery gradient of increasing diffusion was sufficient to permit initiation of pacemaking at the centre of the 3D SAN. Re-entry within the SAN, micro re-entry, was possible by imposing significant SAN fibrosis in the presence of the insulating border. SEPs promoted the micro re-entry to generate more complex SAN-atrial tachycardia. Simulation of macro re-entry, i.e. re-entry around the SAN, was possible by inclusion of atrial fibrosis in the presence of the insulating border. The border shielded the SAN from atrial tachycardia. However, SAN micro-structure intercellular gap junctional coupling and the paranodal area contributed to prolonged atrial fibrillation. Finally, the micro-structure was found to be sufficient to explain shifts of leading pacemaker site location.ConclusionsThe simulations establish a relationship between anatomy and SAN electrical function. Microstructure, in the form of intercellular gap junction coupling, was found to regulate SAN function and arrhythmia.

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