Electrophysiological and trafficking defects of the SCN5A T353I mutation in Brugada syndrome are rescued by alpha-allocryptopine

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Brugada syndrome (BrS), which causes arrhythmias that lead to sudden cardiac death, is linked to loss-of-function mutations that affect sodium channels. Here, we investigate the rescue effect of alpha-allocryptopine (All) from Chinese herbal medicine in a T353I mutation of SCN5A, which combines trafficking abnormalities with Brugada syndrome. SCN5A-T353I expressed in HEK293 cells showed a small peak current (Ipeak) of only 59.6% of WT and an observably sustained current (Isus). We found that All strongly enhanced the Ipeak of the T353I channel by enhancing the plasma membrane (PM) expression of Nav1.5 and rescued defective trafficking after co-incubation with HEK293 cells that carry mutation channel 24 h. It is also beneficial to increase the Ipeak of the T353I mutation by All by prolonging the closed-state inactivation (CSI) process and shortening the recovery from inactivation of the T353I mutation. Interestingly, the Isus of T353I was significantly inhibited by All, which reduces the occurrence of LQT syndrome 3 (LQT3). We provide evidence that All can rescue the trafficking deficiencies and restore the cellular electrophysiological characteristics of SCN5A-T353I. This feature of All may benefit patients with the BrS-associated Nav1.5 channel and might have other potential therapeutic effects.

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