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Nebulin and Titin Modulate Cross-bridge Cycling and Length-dependent Calcium Sensitivity

Mijailovich, Srboljub M., Stojanovic, Boban, Nedic, Djordje, Svicevic, Marina, Geeves, Michael A., Irving, Thomas C., Granzier, Henk L. (2019) Nebulin and Titin Modulate Cross-bridge Cycling and Length-dependent Calcium Sensitivity. The Journal of General Physiology, . ISSN 0022-1295. (doi:10.1085/jgp.201812165)

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Various mutations in the structural proteins nebulin and titin that are present in human disease are known

to affect the contractility of striated muscle. Loss of nebulin is associated with reduced actin filament

length and impairment of myosin binding to actin, whereas titin is thought to regulate muscle passive

elasticity and is likely involved in length-dependent activation. Here, we sought to assess the

modulation of muscle function by these sarcomeric proteins by using the computational platform

MUSICO (MUscle SImulation COde) to quantitatively separate the effects of structural changes, kinetics

of crossbridge cycling, and calcium sensitivity of the thin filaments. The simulations show that variation

in thin filament length cannot by itself account for experimental observations of the contractility in

nebulin-deficient muscle, but instead must be accompanied by a decreased myosin binding rate.

Additionally, in order to match the observed calcium sensitivity, the rate of TnI detachment from actin

needed to be increased. Simulations for cardiac muscle provided quantitative estimates of the effects of

different titin-based passive elasticities on muscle force and activation in response to changes in

sarcomere length and inter-filament lattice spacing. Predicted force-pCa relations showed a decrease in

both active tension and sensitivity to calcium with a decrease in passive tension and sarcomere length. We

conclude that this behavior is caused by partial redistribution of the muscle load between active muscle

force and titin-dependent passive force, and also by redistribution of stretch along the thin filament, which

together modulate the release of TnI from actin. These data help advance understanding of how nebulin

and titin mutations affect muscle function.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1085/jgp.201812165
Uncontrolled keywords: MUSICO platform, thin filament regulation, 3D explicit lattice, calcium sensitivity, mutation of sarcomeric proteins, skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Michael Geeves
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2019 12:45 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:40 UTC
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