The common African American polymorphism SCN5A-S1103Y interacts with mutation SCN5A-R680h to increase late Na current

Jianding Cheng, David J. Tester, Bi Hua Tan, Carmen R. Valdivia, Stacie Kroboth, Bin Ye, Craig T. January, Michael J. Ackerman, Jonathan C. Makielski

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The common polymorphism SCN5A-S1103Y (~13% allelic frequency in African Americans) is a risk factor for arrhythmia, sudden unexplained death (SUD), and sudden infant death syndrome. Prompted by a case of autopsy-negative SUD in a 23-year-old African American man who collapsed while playing football, we hypothesized that S1103Y interacted with other SCN5A variants to pathologically modify sodium current (INa). Mutational analysis of arrhythmia-associated genes in the victim revealed the variants SCN5A-R680H and SCN5A-S1103Y. These variants were made both separately and in the same cDNA construct of the alternative splice variant backgrounds (SCN5A-Q1077del and Q1077) and expressed in HEK293 cells. In the most abundant SCN5A-Q1077del, late Ina for S1103Y alone was not significantly different from wild type (WT). However, late Ina for R680H, R680H + S1103Y (coexpressed), and R680H/ S1103Y (on the same cDNA) was increased 2.1-, 3.4-, and 3.6-fold, respectively, compared with WT. Intracellular acidosis (pH 6.7) increased late Ina for S1103Y, R680H, R680H + S1103Y, and R680H/ S1103Y by 2.2-, 2.4-, 5.0-, and 5.5-fold, respectively, compared with WT at pH 6.7. Expression in the less abundant SCN5A-Q1077 showed no increased late INa. This is the initial report of a functional interaction for the common polymorphism S1103Y with another mutation in the major transcript Q1077del of SCN5A. The "double hit" and environmental factor of acidosis may have converged to cause arrhythmic sudden death in this case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-466
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiological genomics
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Genetics


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