Malignant familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy D166V mutation in the ventricular myosin regulatory light chain causes profound effects in skinned and intact papillary muscle fibers from transgenic mice

W. Glenn L Kerrick, Katarzyna Kazmierczak, Yuanyuan Xu, Yingcai Wang, Danuta Szczesna-Cordary

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Abstract

Transgenic (Tg) mice expressing ∼95% of the 166V (aspartic acid to valine) mutation in the ventricular myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) shown to cause a malignant familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (FHC) phenotype were generated, and the skinned and intact papillary muscle fibers from the Tg-D166V mice were examined using a Guth muscle research system. A large increase in the Ca2+ sensitivity of force and ATPase (Delta;pCa50>0.25) and a significant decrease in maximal force and ATPase were observed in skinned muscle fibers from Tg-D166V mice compared with control mice. The cross-bridge dissociation rate g was dramatically decreased, whereas the energy cost (ATPase/force) was slightly increased in Tg-D166V fibers compared with controls. The calculated average force per D166V cross-bridge was also reduced. Intact papillary muscle data demonstrated prolonged force transients with no change in calcium transients in Tg-D166V fibers compared with control fibers. Histopathological examination revealed fibrotic lesions in the hearts of the older D166V mice. Our results suggest that a charge effect of the D166V mutation and/or a mutation-dependent decrease in RLC phosphorylation could initiate the slower kinetics of the D166V cross-bridges and ultimately affect the regulation of cardiac muscle contraction. Profound cellular changes observed in Tg-D166V myocardium when placed in vivo could trigger a series of pathological responses and result in poor prognosis for D166V-positive patients.-Kerrick, W. G. L., Kazmierczak, K., Xu, Y., Wang, Y., Szczesna-Cordary, D. Malignant familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy D166V mutation in the ventricular myosin regulatory light chain causes profound effects in skinned and intact papillary muscle fibers from transgenic mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-865
Number of pages11
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

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Keywords

  • ATPase-pCa dependence
  • Calcium and force transients
  • Cross-bridge dissociation rate
  • Energy cost
  • Phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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