Rem-GTPase regulates cardiac myocyte L-type calcium current

J. Magyar, Carmen E. Kiper, Gail Sievert, Weikang Cai, Geng Xian Shi, Shawn M. Crump, Liren Li, Steven Niederer, Nic Smith, Douglas A. Andres, Jonathan Satin

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Abstract

Rationale: The L-type calcium channels (LTCC) are critical for maintaining Ca2+-homeostasis. In heterologous expression studies, the RGK-class of Ras-related G-proteins regulates LTCC function; however, the physiological relevance of RGKLTCC interactions is untested. Objective: In this report we test the hypothesis that the RGK protein, Rem, modulates native Ca2+ current (ICa,L) via LTCC in murine cardiomyocytes. Methods and Results: Rem knockout mice (Rem-/-) were engineered, and ICa,L and Ca2+-handling properties were assessed. Rem-/- ventricular cardiomyocytes displayed increased ICa,L density. ICa,L activation was shifted positive on the voltage axis, and β-adrenergic stimulation normalized this shift compared with wild-type ICa,L. Current kinetics, steady-state inactivation and facilitation was unaffected by Rem-/-. Cell shortening was not significantly different. Increased ICa,L density in the absence of frank phenotypic differences motivated us to explore putative compensatory mechanisms. Despite the larger ICa,L density, Rem-/- cardiomyocyte Ca2+ twitch transient amplitude was significantly less than that compared with wild type. Computer simulations and immunoblot analysis suggests that relative dephosphorylation of Rem-/- LTCC can account for the paradoxical decrease of Ca2+ transients. Conclusions: This is the first demonstration that loss of an RGK protein influences ICa,L in vivo in cardiac myocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalChannels
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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L-Type Calcium Channels
GTP Phosphohydrolases
Cardiac Myocytes
Knockout Mice
Calcium
Monomeric GTP-Binding Proteins
Adrenergic Agents
Proteins
Demonstrations
Computer Simulation
Chemical activation
Homeostasis
Kinetics
Computer simulation
Electric potential

Keywords

  • Calcium current
  • L-type calcium channel
  • Patch-clamp
  • Ras-GTPase

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  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry

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Magyar, J., Kiper, C. E., Sievert, G., Cai, W., Shi, G. X., Crump, S. M., ... Satin, J. (2012). Rem-GTPase regulates cardiac myocyte L-type calcium current. Channels, 6(3), 166-173. https://doi.org/10.4161/chan.20192

Rem-GTPase regulates cardiac myocyte L-type calcium current. / Magyar, J.; Kiper, Carmen E.; Sievert, Gail; Cai, Weikang; Shi, Geng Xian; Crump, Shawn M.; Li, Liren; Niederer, Steven; Smith, Nic; Andres, Douglas A.; Satin, Jonathan.

In: Channels, Vol. 6, No. 3, 05.2012, p. 166-173.

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Magyar, J, Kiper, CE, Sievert, G, Cai, W, Shi, GX, Crump, SM, Li, L, Niederer, S, Smith, N, Andres, DA & Satin, J 2012, 'Rem-GTPase regulates cardiac myocyte L-type calcium current', Channels, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 166-173. https://doi.org/10.4161/chan.20192
Magyar J, Kiper CE, Sievert G, Cai W, Shi GX, Crump SM et al. Rem-GTPase regulates cardiac myocyte L-type calcium current. Channels. 2012 May;6(3):166-173. https://doi.org/10.4161/chan.20192
Magyar, J. ; Kiper, Carmen E. ; Sievert, Gail ; Cai, Weikang ; Shi, Geng Xian ; Crump, Shawn M. ; Li, Liren ; Niederer, Steven ; Smith, Nic ; Andres, Douglas A. ; Satin, Jonathan. / Rem-GTPase regulates cardiac myocyte L-type calcium current. In: Channels. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 3. pp. 166-173.
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