1 Hjertemedicinsk Klinik, Hjertecentret Rigshospitalet, Rigshospitalet, The Capital Region of Denmark2 Pleje, Observation og Førstehjælp
Several studies have associated mutations in genes encoding potassium channels and accessory subunits involved in cardiac repolarization with increased susceptibility of atrial fibrillation (AF). Recently, the Krüppel-like factor 15 (Klf15) was found to transcriptionally control rhythmic expression of KChIP2, a critical subunit required for generating the transient outward potassium current (Ito), and that deficiency or excess of Klf15 increased the susceptibility of arrhythmias. On this basis we hypothesized that mutations in Klf15 could be associated with AF. A total of 209 unrelated Caucasian lone AF patients were screened for mutations in Klf15 by direct sequencing. No mutations in the lone AF cohort were found. In one patient we found a synonymous variant (c.36C > T). In NHLBI GO Exome Sequencing Project (ESP) the variant was present in 31 of 4269 Caucasian individuals and in 3 of 2200 African Americans. In our cohort Klf15 was not associated with lone AF.