Differential contribution of cardiac sarcomeric proteins in the myofibrillar force response to stretch

Younss Ait Mou, Jean Yves Le Guennec, Emilio Mosca, Pieter P. De Tombe, Olivier Cazorla

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The present study examined the contribution of myofilament contractile proteins to regional function in guinea pig myocardium. We investigated the effect of stretch on myofilament contractile proteins, Ca2+ sensitivity, and cross-bridge cycling kinetics (K tr) of force in single skinned cardiomyocytes isolated from the sub-endocardial (ENDO) or sub-epicardial (EPI) layer. As observed in other species, ENDO cells were stiffer, and Ca2+ sensitivity of force at long sarcomere length was higher compared with EPI cells. Maximal K tr was unchanged by stretch, but was higher in EPI cells possibly due to a higher α-MHC content. Submaximal Ca2+-activated K tr increased only in ENDO cells with stretch. Stretch of skinned ENDO muscle strips induced increased phosphorylation in both myosin-binding protein C and myosin light chain 2. We concluded that transmural MHC isoform expression and differential regulatory protein phosphorylation by stretch contributes to regional differences in stretch modulation of activation in guinea pig left ventricle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalPflugers Archiv European Journal of Physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Contractility
  • Frank-Starling
  • Heart
  • Kinetics
  • Myocyte
  • Sarcomere length
  • Signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Physiology (medical)

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