Augmented phosphorylation of cardiac troponin I in hypertensive heart failure

Xintong Dong, C. Amelia Sumandea, Yi Chen Chen, Mary L. Garcia-Cazarin, Jiang Zhang, C. William Balke, Marius P. Sumandea, Ying Ge

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An altered cardiac myofilament response to activating Ca 2+ is a hallmark of human heart failure. Phosphorylation of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) is critical in modulating contractility and Ca 2+ sensitivity of cardiac muscle. cTnI can be phosphorylated by protein kinase A(PKA) at Ser 22/23 and protein kinase C(PKC) at Ser 22/23, Ser 42/44, and Thr 143. Whereas the functional significance of Ser 22/23 phosphorylation is well understood, the role of other cTnI phosphorylation sites in the regulation of cardiac contractility remains a topic of intense debate, in part, due to the lack of evidence of in vivo phosphorylation. In this study, we utilized top-down high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) combined with immunoaffinity chromatography to determine quantitatively the cTnI phosphorylation changes in spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) model of hypertensive heart disease and failure. Our data indicate that cTnI is hyperphosphorylated in the failing SHR myocardium compared with age-matched normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats. The top-down electron capture dissociation MS unambiguously localized augmented phosphorylation sites to Ser 22/23 and Ser 42/44 in SHR. Enhanced Ser 22/23 phosphorylation was verified by immunoblotting with phospho-specific antibodies. Immunoblot analysis also revealed up-regulation of PKC-α and -δ, decreased PKCε, but no changes in PKA or PKC-β levels in the SHR myocardium. This provides direct evidence of in vivo phosphorylation of cTnI-Ser 42/44 (PKC-specific) sites in an animal model of hypertensive heart failure, supporting the hypothesis that PKC phosphorylation of cTnI may be maladaptive and potentially associated with cardiac dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-857
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 6 2012


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