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1 Cardiac action potential Dr Shreetal Rajan Nair

2 Introduction Ions Channels/Pores/Carriers & Pumps – Channels- Aqueous channel/ Conformational change/ Action usually regulated/ Open to both environment/ Large number of molecules diffuse across – Pores- Continuously open to both environment/ No conformational changes/ Always open. – Carriers & Pumps- Not open simultaneously to both environments/ Binding sites/ Limited number of molecules diffuse across Carriers & Pumps maintain the concentration gradients

3 What makes ions to move across? Steady state is reached when the magnitude of the chemical and electric gradients are equal

4 What makes ions to move across? Nernst equation E K =RT/ZF ln [K] 2 / [K] 1 Where, T is temperature [37 0 C] R is the gas constant F is the Faraday constant Z is the valence of ion [1] [K] 2 and [K] 1 are the final concentrations of potassium in compartments 2 and 1, respectively. [150mmol, 5 mmol] E K is the equilibrium potential for potassium [-90mV] – At equilibrium potential net diffusion is 0 – All ions try to reach equilibrium i.e., tries to drive the membrane potential towards its equilibrium potential – At RMP, membrane is permeable mostly to potassium, hence RMP is close to the E K


6 Membrane Action Potential 2 factors – Electromechanical gradient – Open Channels MAP – Sum of AP generated by different channels [amplitude & direction] – Number of open channels

7 Action potential - definition Action potential is the net product of mutiple distinctive time and voltage dependent ionic currents. Complex interaction between depolarising inward currents and hyperpolarising outward currents

8 ACTION POTENTIAL Excitable tissues : Neurons Muscles Action potential duration (APD) Neurons and skeletal muscle cells (1–5 ms) Cardiac myocytes ( ms)


10 Some terms Strength of stimulus required to elicit a response or to produce an action potential. Hyperpolarisation decreases excitability Small reductions in RMP increase excitability When RMP is less than the threshold potential the fibre becomes inexcitable Threshold potential- potential at which net inward membrane current becomes large enough to initiate autoregenerative depolarization

11 Sites of action potential genesis in heart Nodal tissue – AV node and SA node His - Purkinje fibres - Atrial muscle Ventricular muscle

12 Refractory period Refractory Period- - The interval of time during which the cell cannot be re-excited [Absolute RP] - Relative RP – Effective refractory period : minimum interval between 2 propagating AP - Supranormal Excitability

13 Cardiac AP Pacemaker potential (slow channel) vs myocyte potential ( fast channel ) Pacemaker potential occurs in cells capable of producing spontaneous impulses – 1% Myocyte potential occurs in all other cells – contractile cells – 99%

14 How a cardiac myocyte is stimulated ? Spontaneous impulse generation - automatic ( pacemaker) cells Spread of depolarising current from neighbouring cells ( cardiac syncytium )

15 Ion channels in the heart Sodium channels – voltage gated and ligand gated Potassium channels - voltage gated, inward rectifier and background channels Calcium channels – transient and long lasting

16 Non pacemaker cell – fast channel AP

17 Phase 4 Represents resting membrane potential membrane potential when the cell is not stimulated. this phase will be a horizontal line caused by the difference in ionic concentrations and conductances across the cell membrane normal resting membrane potential in the ventricular myocardium is about -85 to -95 mV

18 Phase 4 I K1 Current- Membrane stabilizing current [inward rectification Others-TWIK-1/2 (KCNK1/6), TASK-1 (KCNK3), and TRAAK (KCNK4) Na/K Pump- 3/2 outward; At fast HR RMP more negative Low [K]o leads to less I K1 activity, more excitability


20 Action potential of a ventricular myocyte and how is it different from action potential of atrial myocyte The membrane of the contractile cells remain essentially at rest at about -90mv until excited by electrical activity propagated by the pacemaker cells.

21 Phase 0 Rapid depolarisation phase Opening of the fast Na + channels causing a rapid increase in the membrane conductance to Na + Rate of membrane depolarisation corresponds to conduction velocity

22 Na+ channels 3 States Open Closed Inactivated Depends on the RMP

23 Gating & Inactivation Closing and opening of channels Voltage, Metabolic, Stretch

24 Gating & Inactivation m gate h gate

25 video

26 RMP and Na channels The slope of phase 0 represents the maximum rate of potential change and is known as dV/dt max If the membrane potential is at its baseline (about -85 mV) all fast Na + channels are closed and excitation will open all of them When membrane potential is less negative some of the fast Na + channels will be in an inactivated state insensitive to opening lesser response to excitation of the cell membrane and a lower V max

27 When the resting membrane potential becomes too positive the cell may not be excitable and conduction through the heart may be delayed

28 SODIUM CHANNEL BLOCKERS IA – decrease conduction velocity and increase refractoriness I B – only increase refractoriness I C - decrease only conduction velocity

29 Phase 1 Phase 1 of the myocyte action potential occurs with the inactivation of the fast Na + channels The transient net outward current causing the small downward deflection of the action potential is due to the movement of K + and Cl - ions, carried by the I to1 and I to2 currents respectively

30 Ito currents determine the amplitude and the timing of Ca2+ release from the SR. In advanced HF Ito currents are downregulated and indirectly affect the Ca currents in phase 2 Ito currents express differentially at different parts of heart Maximum in RV, basal region and epicardium Ito current – ACE inhibitors

31 Phase 2 "plateau" phase of the cardiac action potential (absent in pacemaker cells) sustained by a balance between inward movement of Ca 2+ (I Ca ) through L-type calcium channels and outward movement of K + through the slow delayed rectifier potassium channels - I Ks

32 Phase 3 L-type Ca 2+ channels close slow delayed rectifier (I Ks ) K + channels are still open. more types of K + channels open.- Ikr,Ikur,Ik1 the rapid delayed rectifier K + channels (I Kr ) inwardly rectifying K + current, I K1 Additional channel in atrial muscle ( I kur ) Vernakalant has action on this channel RESULT IN REPOLARISATION

33 Potassium channels

34 Source :Zipes textbook of electrophysiology

35 Refractory period - explanation Absolute refractory period - Sodium channels are in an inactivated state - Relative refractory period - sufficient number of sodium channels have transitioned back to their resting state – a stronger stimulus can generate AP

36 Refractory period Absolute refractory period - beginning of phase 0 until nearly the end of phase 2 Relative refractory period - phase 3 and phase 4 - caused by changes in the state of sodium and potassium channel molecules

37 Afterdepolarisations Positive potentials that occur during the repolarisation phase of the action potential Types : Early – phase 2 and phase 3 Delayed – phase 4 Important in the genesis of arrhythmias

38 Afterdepolarisations

39 Mechanism of arrhythmogenesis in DAD

40 AP in pacemaker cells

41 Action Potential of the pacemaker cells The pacemaker cells do not have a stable resting membrane potential like the nerve and the skeletal muscles. Instead they have an unstable membrane potential that starts at – 60mv and slowly drifts upwards towards threshold. Because the membrane potential never rests at a constant value, it is called a Pacemaker Potential rather than a resting membrane potential. Phase 1 and 2 typically absent.

42 IONIC BASIS OF ACTION POTENTIAL OF PACEMAKER CELLS Phase 4: Pacemaker Potential: Opening of voltage-gated Sodium channels called Funny channels (I f or f channels ). Closure of voltage-gated Potassium channels. Opening of Voltage-gated Transient- type Calcium (T-type Ca 2+ channels) channels. Phase 0: The Rising Phase or Depolarization: Opening of Long-lasting voltage- gated Calcium channels (L-type Ca 2+ channels). Large influx of Calcium. Phase 3: The Falling Phase or Repolarization: Opening of voltage-gated Potassium channels Closing of L-type Ca channels. Potassium Efflux.

43 Phase 4 Diastolic depolarisation Chronotropism or the rate of heart beat depends on the slope of pacemaker potential modulation by the autonomic system of the cardiac SAN rate also takes place in this phase Sympathetic stimuli induce the acceleration of rate by increasing the slope of the pacemaker phase Parasympathetic stimuli has opposite effect

44 Regulation by autonomic nervous system Parasympathetic activation - c AMP levels decrease and open additional K channels and produce more hyperpolarisation. - phase 4 takes longer to reach the threshold voltage Sympathetic activation - increase c AMP levels and this in turn open calcium channels

45 Autonomic nervous system modulates the frequency of depolarization of pacemaker

46 Clinical aspects



49 Summary

50 Refractory period In fast channels ERP/APD < 1 : Na channels recover in a voltage dependent manner above the threshold potential In slow channels ERP/APD > 1 : Ca channels recover only in a time dependent manner progressively after the fiber has fully repolarised

51 CARDIAC AP – types Fast channel APSlow channel AP SiteAtria, Ventricle, Purkinje fibre SA node, AV node, around AV ring and coronary sinus opening Predominant ion in phase 0 SodiumCalcium Activation potential-60 to to -55 Conduction velocity m/s0.01 – 0.1 m/s ERP- APD relationshipERPAPD

52 Summary Potassium ion is the main determinant of RMP AP - fast channel ( Na mediated ) and slow channel ( Ca mediated ) Phase 0 – sodium Phase 1 – I to Phase 2 and 3 – potassium Pacemaker potential – funny channels

53 Summary

54 Phase 0 Phase 1 Phase 2&3 Phase 4 Phase 2&3

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