Acute administration of fish oil inhibits triggered activity in isolated myocytes from rabbits and patients with heart failure.

H.M. den Ruijter, G. Berecki, A.O. Verkerk, D. Bakker, A. Baartscheer, C.A. Schumacher, C.N. Belterman, N. de Jonge, J.W. Fiolet, I.A. Brouwer, R. Coronel

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Background-Fish oil reduces sudden death in patients with prior myocardial infarction. Sudden death in heart failure may be due to triggered activity based on disturbed calcium handling. We hypothesized that superfusion with ω3-polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω3-PUFAs) from fish inhibits triggered activity in heart failure. Methods and Results-Ventricular myocytes were isolated from explanted hearts of rabbits with volume- and pressure-overload-induced heart failure and of patients with end-stage heart failure. Membrane potentials (patch-clamp technique) and intracellular calcium (indo-1 fluorescence) were recorded after 5 minutes of superfusion with Tyrode's solution (control), ω-9 monounsaturated fatty acid oleic acid (20 μmol/L), or ω3-PUFAs (docosahexaenoic acid or eicosapentaenoic acid 20 μmol/L). ω3-PUFAs shortened the action potential at low stimulation frequencies and caused an ≈25% decrease in diastolic and systolic calcium (all P<0.05). Subsequently, noradrenalin and rapid pacing were used to evoke triggered activity, delayed afterdepolarizations, and calcium aftertransients. ω3-PUFAs abolished triggered activity and reduced the number of delayed afterdepolarizations and calcium aftertransients compared with control and oleic acid. ω3-PUFAs reduced action potential shortening and intracellular calcium elevation in response to noradrenalin. Results from human myocytes were in accordance with the findings obtained in rabbit myocytes. Conclusion-Superfusion with ω3-PUFAs from fish inhibits triggered arrhythmias in myocytes from rabbits and patients with heart failure by lowering intracellular calcium and reducing the response to noradrenalin. (Circulation. 2008;117: 536-544.). © 2008 American Heart Association, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)536-544
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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