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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 108, No. 2, 2013, pp. 243-245
Bioline Code: oc13043
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 108, No. 2, 2013, pp. 243-245

 en Cardiomyocyte dysfunction during the chronic phase of Chagas disease
Roman-Campos, Danilo; Sales-Júnior, Policarpo; Duarte, Hugo Leonardo; Gomes, Eneas Ricardo; Guatimosim, Silvia; Ropert, Catherine; Gazzinelli, Ricardo Tostes & Cruz, Jader Santos


Chagas disease, which is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi check for this species in other resources , is an important cause of heart failure. We investigated modifications in the cellular electrophysiological and calcium-handling characteristics of an infected mouse heart during the chronic phase of the disease. The patch-clamp technique was used to record action potentials (APs) and L-type Ca2+ and transient outward K+ currents. [Ca2+]i changes were determined using confocal microscopy. Infected ventricular cells showed prolonged APs, reduced transient outward K+ and L-type Ca2+ currents and reduced Ca2+ release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum. Thus, the chronic phase of Chagas disease is characterised by cardiomyocyte dysfunction, which could lead to heart failure.

Chagas disease; calcium current; action potential; potassium current; intracellular calcium; Trypanosoma cruzi

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