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Relationship between dilated cardiomyopathy and the E23K and I337V polymorphisms in the Kir6.2 subunit of the KATP channel

Author(s): H.L. Xi1*, J.F. Liu1*, L. Li2 and J. Wan1

ATP-sensitive potassium channels play an important role in myocardial electrical activity. Genetic disruption of these channels predisposes the myocardium to cardiac diseases. Herein we investigated whether two polymorphisms, E23K and I337V, located in the Kir6.2 subunit of ATP-sensitive potassium channels are associated with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in a Chinese population. Blood was collected from DCM patients and controls. DNA was extracted for polymerase chain reaction, which was followed by DNA sequencing. The 2 polymorphisms were present in both DCM patients and normal controls. The frequencies of both the E23K and the I337V polymorphisms were not significantly different between DCM patients and normal controls.