Brandon J Biesiadecki

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States

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  • Brandon J Biesiadecki · Mark T Ziolo

    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
  • Elizabeth A Brundage · Brandon J Biesiadecki · Peter J Reiser
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    ABSTRACT: Jaw-closing muscles of several vertebrate species, including members of Carnivora, express a unique, "masticatory", isoform of myosin heavy chain, along with isoforms of other myofibrillar proteins that are not expressed in most other muscles. It is generally believed that the complement of myofibrillar isoforms in these muscles serves high force generation for capturing live prey, breaking down tough plant material and defensive biting. A unique isoform of tropomyosin (Tpm) was reported to be expressed in cat jaw-closing muscle, based upon two-dimensional gel mobility, peptide mapping, and immunohistochemistry. The objective of this study was to obtain protein and gene sequence information for this unique Tpm isoform. Samples of masseter (a jaw-closing muscle), tibialis (predominantly fast-twitch fibers), and the deep lateral gastrocnemius (predominantly slow-twitch fibers) were obtained from adult dogs. Expressed Tpm isoforms were cloned and sequencing yielded cDNAs that were identical to genomic predicted striated muscle Tpm1.1St(a,b,b,a) (historically referred to as αTpm), Tpm2.2St(a,b,b,a) (βTpm) and Tpm3.12St(a,b,b,a) (γTpm) isoforms (nomenclature reflects predominant tissue expression ("St"-striated muscle) and exon splicing pattern), as well as a novel 284 amino acid isoform observed in jaw-closing muscle that is identical to a genomic predicted product of the Tpm4 gene (δTpm) family. The novel isoform is designated as Tpm4.3St(a,b,b,a). The myofibrillar Tpm isoform expressed in dog masseter exhibits a unique electrophoretic mobility on gels containing 6 M urea, compared to other skeletal Tpm isoforms. To validate that the cloned Tpm4.3 isoform is the Tpm expressed in dog masseter, E. coli-expressed Tpm4.3 was electrophoresed in the presence of urea. Results demonstrate that Tpm4.3 has identical electrophoretic mobility to the unique dog masseter Tpm isoform and is of different mobility from that of muscle Tpm1.1, Tpm2.2 and Tpm3.12 isoforms. We conclude that the unique Tpm isoform in dog masseter is a product of the Tpm4 gene and that the 284 amino acid protein product of this gene represents a novel myofibrillar Tpm isoform never before observed to be expressed in striated muscle.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
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    ABSTRACT: -The hyperpolarization-activated current, If, plays an important role in sinoatrial node (SAN) pacemaking. Surprisingly, the distribution of Hyperpolarization-activated Cyclic Nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels in human SAN has only been investigated at the mRNA level. Our aim was to define the expression pattern of HCN proteins in human SAN and different atrial regions. -Entire SAN complexes were isolated from failing (n=5) and non-failing (n=9) human hearts cardioplegically-arrested in the operating room. Three dimensional intramural SAN structure was identified as the fibrotic compact region around the SAN artery with Connexin43-negative pacemaker cardiomyocytes visualized in Masson's trichrome and immunostained cryosections. SAN protein was precisely isolated from the adjacent frozen SAN tissue blocks using a 16G biopsy needle. The purity of the SAN protein was confirmed by Connexin43 immunoblot. All three HCN isoform proteins were detected in SAN. HCN1 was predominantly distributed in the human SAN with a 125.1±40.2 (n=12) expression ratio of SAN to right atrium (RA). HCN2 and HCN4 expression levels were higher in SAN than atria with SAN to RA ratios of 6.1±0.9 and 4.6±0.6 (n=12), respectively. -This is the first study to conduct precise 3D molecular mapping of the human SAN by isolating pure pacemaker SAN tissue. All three cardiac HCN isoforms had higher expression in the SAN than the atria. HCN1 was almost exclusively expressed in SAN, emphasizing its utility as a new specific molecular marker of the human SAN and as a potential target of specific treatments intended to modify sinus rhythm.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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    ABSTRACT: Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a serine/threonine-selective holoenzyme composed of a catalytic, scaffolding, and regulatory subunit. In the heart, PP2A activity is requisite for cardiac excitation-contraction coupling and central in adrenergic signaling. We found that mice deficient in the PP2A regulatory subunit B56α (1 of 13 regulatory subunits) had altered PP2A signaling in the heart that was associated with changes in cardiac physiology, suggesting that the B56α regulatory subunit had an autoinhibitory role that suppressed excess PP2A activity. The increase in PP2A activity in the mice with reduced B56α expression resulted in slower heart rates and increased heart rate variability, conduction defects, and increased sensitivity of heart rate to parasympathetic agonists. Increased PP2A activity in B56α(+/-) myocytes resulted in reduced Ca(2+) waves and sparks, which was associated with decreased phosphorylation (and thus decreased activation) of the ryanodine receptor RyR2, an ion channel on intracellular membranes that is involved in Ca(2+) regulation in cardiomyocytes. In line with an autoinhibitory role for B56α, in vivo expression of B56α in the absence of altered abundance of other PP2A subunits decreased basal phosphatase activity. Consequently, in vivo expression of B56α suppressed parasympathetic regulation of heart rate and increased RyR2 phosphorylation in cardiomyocytes. These data show that an integral component of the PP2A holoenzyme has an important inhibitory role in controlling PP2A enzyme activity in the heart. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Science Signaling
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    ABSTRACT: As the heart transitions from one exercise intensity to another, changes in cardiac output occur, which are modulated by alterations in force development and calcium handling. Although the steady-state force-calcium relationship at various heart rates is well investigated, regulation of these processes during transitions in heart rate is poorly understood. In isolated right ventricular muscle preparations from the rabbit, we investigated the beat-to-beat alterations in force and calcium during the transition from one stimulation frequency to another, using contractile assessments and confocal microscopy. We show that a change in steady-state conditions occurs in multiple phases: a rapid phase, which is characterized by a fast change in force production mirrored by a change in calcium transient amplitude, and a slow phase, which follows the rapid phase and occurs as the muscle proceeds to stabilize at the new frequency. This second/late phase is characterized by a quantitative dissociation between the calcium transient amplitude and developed force. Twitch timing kinetics, such as time to peak tension and 50% relaxation rate, reached steady-state well before force development and calcium transient amplitude. The dynamic relationship between force and calcium upon a switch in stimulation frequency unveils the dynamic involvement of myofilament-based properties in frequency-dependent activation.
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  • No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Biophysical Journal

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Biophysical Journal
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    Laurin M. Hanft · Brandon J. Biesiadecki · Craig A. Emter · Kerry S. McDonald

    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Biophysical Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Excessive oxidative stress in the heart results in contractile dysfunction. While antioxidant therapies have been a disappointment clinically, exercise has shown beneficial results, in part by reducing oxidative stress. We have previously shown that neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) is essential for cardioprotective adaptations caused by exercise. We hypothesize that part of the cardioprotective role of nNOS is via the augmentation of the antioxidant defense with exercise by positively shifting the nitroso-redox balance. Our results show that nNOS is indispensable for the augmented anti-oxidant defense with exercise. Furthermore, exercise training nNOS knockout mice resulted in a negative shift in the nitroso-redox balance resulting in contractile dysfunction. Remarkably, overexpressing nNOS (conditional cardiac-specific nNOS overexpression) was able to mimic exercise by increasing VO2max. This study demonstrates that exercise results in a positive shift in the nitroso-redox balance that is nNOS-dependent. Thus, targeting nNOS signaling may mimic the beneficial effects of exercise by combating oxidative stress and may be a viable treatment strategy for heart disease. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
  • Brandon J Biesiadecki · Jonathan P Davis · Mark T Ziolo · Paul M L Janssen
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac muscle relaxation is an essential step in the cardiac cycle. Even when the contraction of the heart is normal and forceful, a relaxation phase that is too slow will limit proper filling of the ventricles. Relaxation is too often thought of as a mere passive process that follows contraction. However, many decades of advancements in our understanding of cardiac muscle relaxation have shown it is a highly complex and well-regulated process. In this review, we will discuss three distinct events that can limit the rate of cardiac muscle relaxation: the rate of intracellular calcium decline, the rate of thin-filament de-activation, and the rate of cross-bridge cycling. Each of these processes are directly impacted by a plethora of molecular events. In addition, these three processes interact with each other, further complicating our understanding of relaxation. Each of these processes is continuously modulated by the need to couple bodily oxygen demand to cardiac output by the major cardiac physiological regulators. Length-dependent activation, frequency-dependent activation, and β-adrenergic regulation all directly and indirectly modulate calcium decline, thin-filament deactivation, and cross-bridge kinetics. We hope to convey our conclusion that cardiac muscle relaxation is a process of intricate checks and balances, and should not be thought of as a single rate-limiting step that is regulated at a single protein level. Cardiac muscle relaxation is a system level property that requires fundamental integration of three governing systems: intracellular calcium decline, thin filament deactivation, and cross-bridge cycling kinetics.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Biophysical Reviews

  • No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Circulation

  • No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Circulation
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    ABSTRACT: Troponin I (TnI), the inhibitory subunit of the troponin complex, can be phosphorylated as a key regulatory mechanism to alter the calcium regulation of contraction. Recent work has identified phosphorylation of TnI Tyr-26 in the human heart with unknown functional effects. We hypothesized that TnI Tyr-26 N-terminal phosphorylation decreases calcium sensitivity of the thin filament, similar to the desensitizing effects of TnI Ser-23/24 phosphorylation. Our results demonstrate Tyr-26 phosphorylation and pseudo-phosphorylation decrease calcium binding to Troponin C (TnC) on the thin filament and calcium sensitivity of force development to a similar magnitude as TnI Ser-23/24 pseudo-phosphorylation. To investigate the effects of TnI Tyr-26 phosphorylation on myofilament deactivation, we measured the rate of calcium dissociation from TnC. Results demonstrate filaments containing Tyr-26 pseudo-phosphorylated TnI accelerate the rate of calcium dissociation from TnC similar to that of TnI Ser-23/24. Finally, to assess functional integration of TnI Tyr-26 with Ser-23/24 phosphorylation, we generated recombinant TnI phospho-mimetic substitutions at all three residues. Our biochemical analyses demonstrated no additive effect on calcium sensitivity or calcium-sensitive force development imposed by Tyr-26 and Ser-23/24 phosphorylation integration. However, integration of Tyr-26 phosphorylation with pseudo-phosphorylated Ser-23/24 further accelerated thin filament deactivation. Our findings suggest that TnI Tyr-26 phosphorylation functions similarly to Ser-23/24 N-terminal phosphorylation to decrease myofilament calcium sensitivity and accelerate myofilament relaxation. Furthermore, Tyr-26 phosphorylation can buffer the desensitization of Ser-23/24 phosphorylation while further accelerating thin filament deactivation. Therefore, the functional integration of TnI phosphorylation may be a common mechanism to modulate Ser-23/24 phosphorylation function.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: The binding of Ca2 + to troponin C (TnC) in the troponin complex is a critical step regulating the thin filament, the actin-myosin interaction and cardiac contraction. Phosphorylation of the troponin complex is a key regulatory mechanism to match cardiac contraction to demand. Here we demonstrate phosphorylation of the troponin I (TnI) subunit is simultaneously increased at Ser-150 and Ser-23/24 during in vivo myocardial ischemia. Myocardial ischemia decreases intracellular pH resulting in depressed binding of Ca2 + to TnC and impaired contraction. To determine the pathological relevance of simultaneous TnI phosphorylation we measured individual TnI Ser-150 (S150D), Ser-23/24 (S23/24D) and combined (S23/24/150D) pseudo-phosphorylation effects on thin filament regulation at acidic pH similar to that in myocardial ischemia. Results demonstrate that while acidic pH decreased thin filament Ca2 + binding to TnC regardless of TnI composition, TnI S150D attenuated this decrease rendering it similar to non-phosphorylated TnI at normal pH. The dissociation of Ca2 + from TnC was unaltered by pH such that TnI S150D remained slow, S23/24D remained accelerated and the combined S23/24/150D remained accelerated. This effect of the combined TnI Ser-150 and Ser-23/24 pseudo-phosphorylation to maintain Ca2 + binding while accelerating Ca2 + dissociation represents the first post-translational modification of troponin by phosphorylation to both accelerate thin filament deactivation and maintain Ca2 + sensitive activation. These data suggest TnI Ser-150 phosphorylation attenuation of the pH-dependent decrease in Ca2 + sensitivity and its combination with Ser-23/24 phosphorylation to maintain accelerated thin filament deactivation may impart an adaptive role to preserve contraction during acidic ischemia pH without slowing relaxation.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Although sinoatrial node (SAN) dysfunction is a hallmark of human heart failure (HF), the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. We aimed to examine the role of adenosine in SAN dysfunction and tachy-brady arrhythmias in chronic HF. Methods and results: We applied multiple approaches to characterize SAN structure, SAN function, and adenosine A1 receptor expression in control (n=17) and 4-month tachypacing-induced chronic HF (n=18) dogs. Novel intramural optical mapping of coronary-perfused right atrial preparations revealed that adenosine (10 μmol/L) markedly prolonged postpacing SAN conduction time in HF by 206 ± 99 milliseconds (versus 66 ± 21 milliseconds in controls; P=0.02). Adenosine induced SAN intranodal conduction block or microreentry in 6 of 8 dogs with HF versus 0 of 7 controls (P=0.007). Adenosine-induced SAN conduction abnormalities and automaticity depression caused postpacing atrial pauses in HF versus control dogs (17.1 ± 28.9 versus 1.5 ± 1.3 seconds; P<0.001). Furthermore, 10 μmol/L adenosine shortened atrial repolarization and led to pacing-induced atrial fibrillation in 6 of 7 HF versus 0 of 7 control dogs (P=0.002). Adenosine-induced SAN dysfunction and atrial fibrillation were abolished or prevented by adenosine A1 receptor antagonists (50 μmol/L theophylline/1 μmol/L 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dipropylxanthine). Adenosine A1 receptor protein expression was significantly upregulated during HF in the SAN (by 47 ± 19%) and surrounding atrial myocardium (by 90 ± 40%). Interstitial fibrosis was significantly increased within the SAN in HF versus control dogs (38 ± 4% versus 23 ± 4%; P<0.001). Conclusions: In chronic HF, adenosine A1 receptor upregulation in SAN pacemaker and atrial cardiomyocytes may increase cardiac sensitivity to adenosine. This effect may exacerbate conduction abnormalities in the structurally impaired SAN, leading to SAN dysfunction, and potentiate atrial repolarization shortening, thereby facilitating atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation may further depress SAN function and lead to tachy-brady arrhythmias in HF.
    Full-text · Article · May 2014 · Circulation
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    ABSTRACT: Repeated, intense contractile activity compromises the ability of skeletal muscle to generate force and velocity, resulting in fatigue. The decrease in velocity is thought to be due, in part, to the intracellular build-up of acidosis inhibiting the function of the contractile proteins myosin and troponin, however the underlying molecular basis of this process remains poorly understood. We sought to gain novel insight into the decrease in velocity by determining if the depressive effect of acidosis could be altered by 1) introducing Ca(++)-sensitizing mutations into troponin (Tn) or 2) by agents that directly affect myosin function, including inorganic phosphate (Pi) and 2-deoxy-ATP (dATP) in an in vitro motility assay. Acidosis reduced regulated thin filament velocity (VRTF) at both maximal and sub-maximal Ca(++) levels in a pH-dependent manner. A truncated construct of the inhibitory subunit of troponin (TnI) and a Ca(++)-sensitizing mutation in the Ca(++)-binding subunit of troponin (TnC) increased VRTF at sub-maximal Ca(++) under acidic conditions, but had no effect on VRTF at maximal Ca(++) levels. In contrast, both Pi and replacement of ATP with dATP reversed much of the acidosis-induced depression of VRTF at saturating Ca(++). Interestingly, despite producing similar magnitude increases in VRTF, the combined effects of Pi and dATP were additive, suggesting different underlying mechanisms of action. These findings suggest that acidosis depresses velocity by slowing the detachment rate from actin but also by possibly slowing the attachment rate.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2014 · Journal of Applied Physiology
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    ABSTRACT: -Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common genetic disorder caused mainly by mutations in sarcomeric proteins and is characterized by maladaptive myocardial hypertrophy, diastolic heart failure, increased myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity and high susceptibility to sudden death. We tested the following hypothesis: correction of the increased myofilament sensitivity can delay or prevent the development of the HCM phenotype. -We used an HCM mouse model with an E180G mutation in α-tropomyosin (Tm180) that demonstrates increased myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity, severe hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction. To test our hypothesis, we reduced myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity in Tm180 mice by generating a double transgenic (DTG) mouse line. We crossed Tm180 mice with mice expressing a pseudo-phosphorylated cardiac troponin I (cTnI) (S23D and S24D; TnI-PP). TnI-PP mice demonstrated a reduced myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity compared to wild-type mice. The development of pathological hypertrophy did not occur in mice expressing both Tm180 and TnI-PP. Left ventricle performance was improved in DTG compared to their Tm180 littermates, which express wild-type cTnI. Hearts of DTG mice demonstrated no changes in expression of phospholamban (PLN) and Serca2a, increased levels of PLN and TnT phosphorylation, and reduced phosphorylation of TnI compared to Tm180 mice. Moreover, expression of TnI-PP in Tm180 hearts inhibited modifications in the activity of ERK1/2 and GATA-4 in Tm180 hearts. -Our data strongly indicate that reduction of myofilament sensitivity to Ca(2+) and associated correction of abnormal relaxation can delay or prevent development of HCM and should be considered as a therapeutic target for HCM.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Circulation Cardiovascular Genetics
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    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · Biophysical Journal
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    Preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Biophysical Journal
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    Bin Liu · Joseph J Lopez · Brandon J Biesiadecki · Jonathan P Davis
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    ABSTRACT: Adrenergic stimulation modulates cardiac function by altering the phosphorylation status of several cardiac proteins. The Troponin complex, which is the Ca(2+) sensor for cardiac contraction, is a hot spot for adrenergic phosphorylation. While the effect of β-adrenergic related PKA phosphorylation of troponin I at Ser23/24 is well established, the effects of α-adrenergic induced PKC phosphorylation on multiple sites of TnI (Ser43/45, Thr144) and TnT (Thr194, Ser198, Thr203 and Thr284) are much less clear. By utilizing an IAANS labeled fluorescent troponin C, [Formula: see text], we systematically examined the site specific effects of PKC phosphomimetic mutants of TnI and TnT on TnC's Ca(2+) binding properties in the Tn complex and reconstituted thin filament. The majority of the phosphomemetics had little effect on the Ca(2+) binding properties of the isolated Tn complex. However, when incorporated into the thin filament, the phosphomimetics typically altered thin filament Ca(2+) sensitivity in a way consistent with their respective effects on Ca(2+) sensitivity of skinned muscle preparations. The altered Ca(2+) sensitivity could be generally explained by a change in Ca(2+) dissociation rates. Within TnI, phosphomimetic Asp and Glu did not always behave similar, nor were Ala mutations (used to mimic non-phosphorylatable states) benign to Ca(2+) binding. Our results suggest that Troponin may act as a hub on the thin filament, sensing physiological stimuli to modulate the contractile performance of the heart.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · PLoS ONE

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645 Citations
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  • 2010-2015
    • The Ohio State University
      • Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
      Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • 2007
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
      • Department of Physiology and Biophysics
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • 2006
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Center for Cardiovascular Research
      Chicago, Illinois, United States