Anti-β-adrenoceptors autoimmunity causing 'idiopathic' arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy

Donatella Brisinda, Anna Rita Sorbo, Angela Venuti, Maria Pia Ruggieri, Raffaele Manna, Peter Fenici, Gerd Wallukat, Johan Hoebeke, Andrea Frustaci, Riccardo Fenici

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Background: To determine the prevalence of anti-β-adrenoceptors autoantibodies (aβAA) in patients with idiopathic arrhythmias (IA) and to assess whether aβAA are predictive markers for concealed cardiomyopathy in such patients. Methods and Results: Sixty-seven patients (group 1) with IA [25 supraventricular (SVA) and 42 ventricular (VA)]; 14 patients (group 2) with suspected cardiomyopathy, 12 patients with definite cardiomyopathy (group 3); and 19 healthy controls (group 4) were tested with an enzyme immunoassay, using synthetic peptides corresponding to the second extracellular loop of the human β1- and β2-adrenoceptors. Endomyocardial biopsy was performed in 29 patients. As compared with group 4 [3/19 (15.7%)], anti-β1-adrenoceptor autoantibodies (aβ1AA) were more frequent in group-1 patients [38/67 (56.7%; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1345-1353
Number of pages9
JournalCirculation Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • β-adrenoceptors
  • Arrhythmia
  • Biopsy
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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