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Arrhythmic risk biomarkers for the assessment of drug cardiotoxicity: from experiments to computer simulations

Corrias, A; Jie, X; Romero, L; Bishop, MJ; Bernabeu, M; Pueyo, E; Rodriguez, B; (2010) Arrhythmic risk biomarkers for the assessment of drug cardiotoxicity: from experiments to computer simulations. PHILOS T R SOC A , 368 (1921) 3001 - 3025. 10.1098/rsta.2010.0083.

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Abstract

In this paper, we illustrate how advanced computational modelling and simulation can be used to investigate drug-induced effects on cardiac electrophysiology and on specific biomarkers of pro-arrhythmic risk. To do so, we first perform a thorough literature review of proposed arrhythmic risk biomarkers from the ionic to the electrocardiogram levels. The review highlights the variety of proposed biomarkers, the complexity of the mechanisms of drug-induced pro-arrhythmia and the existence of significant animal species differences in drug-induced effects on cardiac electrophysiology. Predicting drug-induced pro-arrhythmic risk solely using experiments is challenging both preclinically and clinically, as attested by the rise in the cost of releasing new compounds to the market. Computational modelling and simulation has significantly contributed to the understanding of cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmias over the last 40 years. In the second part of this paper, we illustrate how state-of-the-art open source computational modelling and simulation tools can be used to simulate multi-scale effects of drug-induced ion channel block in ventricular electrophysiology at the cellular, tissue and whole ventricular levels for different animal species. We believe that the use of computational modelling and simulation in combination with experimental techniques could be a powerful tool for the assessment of drug safety pharmacology.

Type:Article
Title:Arrhythmic risk biomarkers for the assessment of drug cardiotoxicity: from experiments to computer simulations
DOI:10.1098/rsta.2010.0083
Keywords:cardiac electrophysiology, biomarkers, modelling, electrocardiogram, TORSADES-DE-POINTES, T-WAVE ALTERNANS, LONG QT SYNDROME, BRUGADA-TYPE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM, COMMON MOLECULAR DETERMINANTS, PERSISTENT SODIUM CURRENT, DELAYED RECTIFIER CURRENT, III ANTIARRHYTHMIC DRUGS, REVERSE USE-DEPENDENCE, INTACT CANINE HEART
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science

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