Catecholaminergic-induced arrhythmias in failing cardiomyocytes associated with human HRCS96A variant overexpression

Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0575, USA.
AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology (Impact Factor: 3.84). 07/2011; 301(4):H1588-95. DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.01153.2010
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The histidine-rich calcium binding protein (HRC) Ser96Ala polymorphism was shown to correlate with ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death only in dilated cardiomyopathy patients but not in healthy human carriers. In the present study, we assessed the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human arrhythmias by adenoviral expression of the human wild-type (HRC(WT)) or mutant HRC (HRC(S96A)) in adult rat ventricular cardiomyocytes. Total HRC protein was increased by ∼50% in both HRC(WT)- and HRC(S96A)-infected cells. The HRC(S96A) mutant exacerbated the inhibitory effects of HRC(WT) on the amplitude of Ca(2+) transients, prolongation of Ca(2+) decay time, and caffeine-induced sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) release. Consistent with these findings, HRC(S96A) reduced maximal sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium uptake rate to a higher extent than HRC(WT). Furthermore, the frequency of spontaneous Ca(2+) sparks, which was reduced by HRC(WT), was increased by mutant HRC(S96A) under resting conditions although there were no spontaneous Ca(2+) waves under stress conditions. However, expression of the HRC(S96A) genetic variant in cardiomyocytes from a rat model of postmyocardial infarction heart failure induced dramatic disturbances of rhythmic Ca(2+) transients. These findings indicate that the HRC Ser96Ala variant increases the propensity of arrhythmogenic Ca(2+) waves in the stressed failing heart, suggesting a link between this genetic variant and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in human carriers.

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    • "The Histidine Rich Ca 2? (HRC)-binding protein is a SR protein that, similarly to calsequestrin, functions as Ca 2? buffer. HRC over-expression results in a significant inhibition of the SR Ca 2? uptake, a decrease in Ca 2? transient amplitude and a reduction in Ca 2? spark frequency, suggesting that HRC may buffer the SR luminal Ca 2? , thus inhibiting Ca 2? release (Han et al. 2011). Alternatively, it may act as a negative regulator of RyR opening, directly or through its binding to triadin. "
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    ABSTRACT: The sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) of striated muscles is specialized for releasing Ca(2+) following sarcolemma depolarization in order to activate muscle contraction. To this end, the SR forms a network of longitudinal tubules and cisternae that surrounds the myofibrils and, at the same time, participates to the assembly of the triadic junctional membrane complexes formed by the close apposition of one t-tubule, originated from the sarcolemma, and two SR terminal cisternae. Advancements in understanding the molecular basis of the SR structural organization have identified an interaction between sAnk1, a transmembrane protein located on the longitudinal SR (l-SR) tubules, and obscurin, a myofibrillar protein. The direct interaction between these two proteins results in molecular contacts that have the overall effect to stabilize the l-SR tubules along myofibrils in skeletal muscle fibers. Less known is the structural organization of the sites in the SR that are specialized for Ca(2+) release and are positioned at the junctional SR (j-SR), i.e. the region of the terminal cisternae that faces the t-tubule at triads. At the j-SR, several trans-membrane proteins like triadin, junctin, or intra-luminal SR proteins like calsequestrin, are assembled together with the ryanodine receptor, the SR Ca(2+) release channel, into a macromolecular complex specialized in releasing Ca(2+). At triads, the 12 nm-wide gap between the t-tubule and the j-SR allows the ryanodine receptor on the j-SR to be functionally coupled with the voltage-gated L-type calcium channel on the t-tubule in order to allow the transduction of the voltage-induced signal into Ca(2+) release through the ryanodine receptor channels. The muscle-specific junctophilin isoforms (JPH1 and JPH2) are anchored to the j-SR with a trans-membrane segment present at the C-terminus and are capable to bind the sarcolemma with a series of phospholipid-binding motifs localized at the N-terminus. Accordingly, through this dual interaction, JPH1 and JPH2 are responsible for the assembly of the triadic junctional membrane complexes. Recent data indicate that junctophilins seem also to interact with other proteins of the excitation-contraction machinery, suggesting that they may contribute to hold excitation-contraction coupling proteins to the sites where the j-SR is being organized.
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    • "The functional importance of HRC is highlighted by the identification of a human genetic variant (Ser96Ala) that was linked to life‐threatening ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death in a well‐characterized cohort of patients with idiopathic DCM.14 Furthermore, the percentage of homozygous Ala/Ala patients with an implantable cardioverter‐defibrillator was almost double that of the Ser/Ala heterozygotes, suggesting a strong dosage effect of this HRC genetic variant on ventricular arrhythmias. Indeed, acute overexpression of the human Ala96 HRC variant in isolated adult rat cardiomyocytes by adenoviral gene transfer resulted in aberrant Ca2+ transient kinetics and increased frequency of Ca2+ sparks.15 "
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    ABSTRACT: A human genetic variant (Ser96Ala) in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) histidine-rich Ca(2+)-binding (HRC) protein has been linked to ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death in dilated cardiomyopathy. However, the precise mechanisms affecting SR function and leading to arrhythmias remain elusive. We generated transgenic mice with cardiac-specific expression of human Ala96 HRC or Ser96 HRC in the null background to assess function in absence of endogenous protein. Ala96 HRC decreased (25% to 30%) cardiomyocyte contractility and Ca(2+) kinetics compared with Ser96 HRC in the absence of any structural or histological abnormalities. Furthermore, the frequency of Ca(2+) waves was significantly higher (10-fold), although SR Ca(2+) load was reduced (by 27%) in Ala96 HRC cells. The underlying mechanisms involved diminished interaction of Ala96 HRC with triadin, affecting ryanodine receptor (RyR) stability. Indeed, the open probability of RyR, assessed by use of ryanodine binding, was significantly increased. Accordingly, stress conditions (5 Hz plus isoproterenol) induced aftercontractions (65% in Ala96 versus 12% in Ser96) and delayed afterdepolarizations (70% in Ala96 versus 20% in Ser96). The increased SR Ca(2+) leak was accompanied by hyperphosphorylation (1.6-fold) of RyR at Ser2814 by calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II. Accordingly, inclusion of the calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II inhibitor KN93 prevented Ser2814 phosphorylation and partially reversed the increases in Ca(2+) spark frequency and wave production. Parallel in vivo studies revealed ventricular ectopy on short-term isoproterenol challenge and increased (4-fold) propensity to arrhythmias, including nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, after myocardial infarction in Ala96 HRC mice. These findings suggest that aberrant SR Ca(2+) release and increased susceptibility to delayed afterdepolarizations underlie triggered arrhythmic activity in human Ala96 HRC carriers.
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