Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Opin Cardiol. 2002 May;17(3):229-34.

PRKAG2 cardiac syndrome: familial ventricular preexcitation, conduction system disease, and cardiac hypertrophy.

Author information

Division of Cardiology, University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Center, Ontario, Canada.


Genetic studies of families with inherited cardiac rhythm disturbances have established a molecular basis for ventricular arrhythmogenic disorders. Genes responsible for the long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and polymorphic ventricular tachycardia have been identified. The elucidation of genetic defects responsible for more commonly occurring supraventricular rhythm disturbances have not been as forthcoming, with the exception of SCN5A mutations known to cause conduction system disease. Recently, we identified the genetic cause of a familial arrhythmogenic syndrome characterized by ventricular preexcitation and tachyarrhythmias (Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome), progressive conduction system disease, and cardiac hypertrophy. The causative gene was shown to be the gamma-2 regulatory subunit (PRKAG2) of AMP-activated protein kinase. The role of AMP-activated protein kinase in the regulation of the glucose metabolic pathway in muscle suggests that genetic defects in PRKAG2 may induce a previously undescribed cardiac glycogenosis syndrome.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer
Loading ...
Support Center