Phosphorylation of cardiac Myosin-binding protein-C is a critical mediator of diastolic function. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) accounts for 50% of all cases of HF and currently has no effective treatment. Diastolic dysfunction underlies HFpEF; therefore, elucidation of the mechanisms that mediate relaxation can provide new potential targets for treatment. Cardiac myosin-binding protein-C (cMyBP-C) is a thick filament protein that modulates cross-bridge cycling rates via alterations in its phosphorylation status. Thus, we hypothesize that phosphorylated cMyBP-C accelerates the rate of cross-bridge detachment, thereby enhancing relaxation to mediate diastolic function. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared mouse models expressing phosphorylation-deficient cMyBP-C(S273A/S282A/S302A)-cMyBP-C(t3SA), phosphomimetic cMyBP-C(S273D/S282D/S302D)-cMyBP-C(t3SD), and wild-type-control cMyBP-C(tWT) to elucidate the functional effects of cMyBP-C phosphorylation. Decreased voluntary running distances, increased lung/body weight ratios, and increased brain natriuretic peptide levels in cMyBP-C(t3SA) mice demonstrate that phosphorylation deficiency is associated with signs of HF. Echocardiography (ejection fraction and myocardial relaxation velocity) and pressure/volume measurements (-dP/dtmin, pressure decay time constant -Glantz, and passive filling stiffness) show that cMyBP-C phosphorylation enhances myocardial relaxation in cMyBP-C(t3SD) mice, whereas deficient cMyBP-C phosphorylation causes diastolic dysfunction with HFpEF in cMyBP-C(t3SA) mice. Simultaneous force and [Ca(2+)]i measurements on intact papillary muscles show that enhancement of relaxation in cMyBP-C(t3SD) mice and impairment of relaxation in cMyBP-C(t3SA) mice are not because of altered [Ca(2+)]i handling, implicating that altered cross-bridge detachment rates mediate these changes in relaxation rates. CONCLUSIONS: cMyBP-C phosphorylation enhances relaxation, whereas deficient phosphorylation causes diastolic dysfunction and phenotypes resembling HFpEF. Thus, cMyBP-C is a potential target for treatment of HFpEF.

published proceedings

  • Circ Heart Fail

altmetric score

  • 4.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Rosas, P. C., Liu, Y., Abdalla, M. I., Thomas, C. M., Kidwell, D. T., Dusio, G. F., ... Tong, C. W.

citation count

  • 78

complete list of authors

  • Rosas, Paola C||Liu, Yang||Abdalla, Mohamed I||Thomas, Candice M||Kidwell, David T||Dusio, Giuseppina F||Mukhopadhyay, Dhriti||Kumar, Rajesh||Baker, Kenneth M||Mitchell, Brett M||Powers, Patricia A||Fitzsimons, Daniel P||Patel, Bindiya G||Warren, Chad M||Solaro, R John||Moss, Richard L||Tong, Carl W

publication date

  • May 2015