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Normal passive viscoelasticity but abnormal myofibrillar force generation in human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Hoskins, AC; Jacques, A; Bardswell, SC; McKenna, WJ; Tsang, V; dos Remedios, CG; Ehler, E; ... Kentish, JC; + view all (2010) Normal passive viscoelasticity but abnormal myofibrillar force generation in human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. J MOL CELL CARDIOL , 49 (5) 737 - 745. 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2010.06.006.

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Abstract

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy, increased ventricular stiffness and impaired diastolic filling. We investigated to what extent myocardial functional defects can be explained by alterations in the passive and active properties of human cardiac myofibrils. Skinned ventricular myocytes were prepared from patients with obstructive HCM (two patients with MYBPC3 mutations, one with a MYH7 mutation, and three with no mutation in either gene) and from four donors. Passive stiffness, viscous properties, and titin isoform expression were similar in HCM myocytes and donor myocytes. Maximal Ca2+-activated force was much lower in HCM myocytes (14 +/- 1 kN/m(2)) than in donor myocytes (23 +/- 3 kN/m(2); P<0.01), though cross-bridge kinetics (k(tr)) during maximal Ca2+ activation were 10% faster in HCM myocytes. Myofibrillar Ca2+ sensitivity in HCM myocytes (pCa(50) = 6.40 +/- 0.05) was higher than for donor myocytes (pCa(50) = 6.09 +/- 0.02; P<0.001) and was associated with reduced phosphorylation of troponin-I (ser-23/24) and MyBP-C (ser-282) in HCM myocytes. These characteristics were common to all six HCM patients and may therefore represent a secondary consequence of the known and unknown underlying genetic variants. Some HCM patients did however exhibit an altered relationship between force and cross-bridge kinetics at submaximal Ca2+ concentrations, which may reflect the primary mutation. We conclude that the passive viscoelastic properties of the myocytes are unlikely to account for the increased stiffness of the HCM ventricle. However, the low maximum Ca2+-activated force and high Ca2+ sensitivity of the myofilaments are likely to contribute substantially to any systolic and diastolic dysfunction, respectively, in hearts of HCM patients. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Normal passive viscoelasticity but abnormal myofibrillar force generation in human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
DOI: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2010.06.006
Keywords: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Skinned cardiac myocytes, Viscoelasticity, Ca2+ sensitivity, Cross-bridge kinetics, BINDING PROTEIN-C, CARDIAC MYOFIBRILS, HEART-FAILURE, MYOSIN, MUTATIONS, TITIN, MYOCARDIUM, STIFFNESS, EXPRESSION, MUSCLE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1307078
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