Functional Effects of a Restrictive-Cardiomyopathy-Linked Cardiac Troponin I Mutation (R145W) in Transgenic Mice

Yuhui Wen, Yuanyuan Xu, Yingcai Wang, Jose Renato Pinto, James D. Potter, W. Glenn L. Kerrick

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The human cardiac troponin I (hcTnI) mutation R145W has been associated with restrictive cardiomyopathy. In this study, simultaneous measurements of ATPase activity and force in skinned papillary fibers from hcTnI R145W transgenic mice (Tg-R145W) were explored. Tg-R145W fibers showed an ∼ 13-16% increase in maximal Ca2+-activated force and ATPase activity compared to hcTnI wild-type transgenic mice. The force-generating cross-bridge turnover rate (g) and the energy cost (ATPase/force) were the same in all groups of fibers. Also, the Tg-R145W fibers showed a large increase in the Ca2+ sensitivity of both force development and ATPase. In intact fibers, the mutation caused prolonged force and intracellular [Ca2+] transients and increased time to peak force. Analysis of force and Ca2+ transients showed that there was a 40% increase in peak force in Tg-R145W muscles, which was likely due to the increased Ca2+ transient duration. The above cited results suggest that: (1) there would be an increase in resistance to ventricular filling during diastole resulting from the prolonged force and Ca2+ transients that would result in a decrease in ventricular filling (diastolic dysfunction); and (2) there would be a large (approximately 53%) increase in force during systole, which may help to partly compensate for diastolic dysfunction. These functional results help to explain the mechanisms by which these mutations give rise to a restrictive phenotype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1158-1167
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of molecular biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 9 2009


  • Ca force transients
  • cross-bridge
  • R145W
  • RCM
  • troponin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology


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