Cardiac Myosin-Binding Protein C Mutations and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Haploinsufficiency, Deranged Phosphorylation, and Cardiomyocyte Dysfunction

Sabine Dijk, D Dooijes, C dos Remedios, Michelle Michels, Jos Lamers, S Winegrad, S Schlossarek, L Carrier, Folkert ten Cate, GJM Stienen, J Velden

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Background-Mutations in the MYBPC3 gene, encoding cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyBP-C), are a frequent cause of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In the present study, we investigated whether protein composition and function of the sarcomere are altered in a homogeneous familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patient group with frameshift mutations in MYBPC3 (MYBPC3(mut)). Methods and Results-Comparisons were made between cardiac samples from MYBPC3 mutant carriers (c. 2373dupG, n=7; c. 2864_2865delCT, n=4) and nonfailing donors (n=13). Western blots with the use of antibodies directed against cMyBP-C did not reveal truncated cMyBP-C in MYBPC3(mut). Protein expression of cMyBP-C was significantly reduced in MYBPC3(mut) by 33 +/- 5%. Cardiac MyBP-C phosphorylation in MYBPC3(mut) samples was similar to the values in donor samples, whereas the phosphorylation status of cardiac troponin I was reduced by 84 +/- 5%, indicating divergent phosphorylation of the 2 main contractile target proteins of the beta-adrenergic pathway. Force measurements in mechanically isolated Triton-permeabilized cardiomyocytes demonstrated a decrease in maximal force per cross-sectional area of the myocytes in MYBPC3(mut) (20.2 +/- 2.7 kN/m(2)) compared with donor (34.5 +/- 1.1 kN/m(2)). Moreover, Ca2+ sensitivity was higher in MYBPC3(mut) (pCa(50)=5.62 +/- 0.04) than in donor (pCa(50)=5.54 +/- 0.02), consistent with reduced cardiac troponin I phosphorylation. Treatment with exogenous protein kinase A, to mimic beta-adrenergic stimulation, did not correct reduced maximal force but abolished the initial difference in Ca2+ sensitivity between MYBPC3(mut) (pCa(50)=5.46 +/- 0.03) and donor (pCa(50)=5.48 +/- 0.02). Conclusions-Frameshift MYBPC3 mutations cause haploinsufficiency, deranged phosphorylation of contractile proteins, and reduced maximal force-generating capacity of cardiomyocytes. The enhanced Ca2+ sensitivity in MYBPC3(mut) is due to hypophosphorylation of troponin I secondary to mutation-induced dysfunction. (Circulation. 2009; 119: 1473-1483.)
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Pages (from-to)1473-1483
Number of pages11
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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