Memory and complex dynamics in cardiac Purkinje fibers

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Title Memory and complex dynamics in cardiac Purkinje fibers
Author(s) R. F., J. Gilmour, N. F. Otani, M. A. Watanabe
Journal The American Journal of Physiology
Date 1997
Volume 272
Issue 4
Start page 1826
End page H1832
Abstract The contribution of cumulative changes in action potential duration (memory) to complex cellular electrophysiological behavior was investigated in canine cardiac Purkinje fibers. Complex behavior induced during constant pacing was caused by reciprocal interactions between the time to full repolarization (TFR), where TFR = response duration + latency, and the diastolic interval (DI). The relationship between TFR and the preceding DI during complex behavior differed from that obtained using a standard restitution protocol. In particular, higher-order periodicities and chaos were produced in fibers in which the restitution curve lacked the prerequisites for such behavior. To investigate whether shifts in the restitution curve might be expected during rapid pacing, the relationship between TFR of a test response (TFR(n + 1)) and the immediately preceding response (TFR(n)) was determined. For any fixed DI(n), reduction of TFR(n) from 240 to 130 ms was accompanied by a corresponding reduction of TFR(n + 1), whereas as TFR(n) was reduced further to 120 ms, TFR(n + 1) increased. Because of the dependence of TFR(n + 1) on TFR(n) (memory) and on the preceding DI(n) (restitution), the slope of the low-dimensional relationship between TFR(n + 1) and DI(n) at a constant pacing cycle length depended on the slopes of the restitution and memory functions. These results suggest that rapid accumulation and dissipation of memory may contribute importantly to complex electrical behavior in cardiac tissue.

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