Deletion of obscurin immunoglobulin domains Ig58/59 leads to age-dependent cardiac remodeling and arrhythmia

Alyssa Grogan, Andrew Coleman, Humberto Joca, Henk Granzier, Mark W. Russel, Christopher W. Ward, Aikaterini Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos

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Obscurin comprises a family of giant modular proteins that play key structural and regulatory roles in striated muscles. Immunoglobulin domains 58/59 (Ig58/59) of obscurin mediate binding to essential modulators of muscle structure and function, including canonical titin, a smaller splice variant of titin, termed novex-3, and phospholamban (PLN). Importantly, missense mutations localized within the obscurin-Ig58/59 region that affect binding to titins and/or PLN have been linked to the development of myopathy in humans. To elucidate the pathophysiological role of this region, we generated a constitutive deletion mouse model, Obscn-ΔIg58/59, that expresses obscurin lacking Ig58/59, and determined the consequences of this manipulation on cardiac morphology and function under conditions of acute stress and through the physiological process of aging. Our studies show that young Obscn-ΔIg58/59 mice are susceptible to acute β-adrenergic stress. Moreover, sedentary Obscn-ΔIg58/59 mice develop left ventricular hypertrophy that progresses to dilation, contractile impairment, atrial enlargement, and arrhythmia as a function of aging with males being more affected than females. Experiments in ventricular cardiomyocytes revealed altered Ca2+ cycling associated with changes in the expression and/or phosphorylation levels of major Ca2+ cycling proteins, including PLN, SERCA2, and RyR2. Taken together, our work demonstrates that obscurin-Ig58/59 is an essential regulatory module in the heart and its deletion leads to age- and sex-dependent cardiac remodeling, ventricular dilation, and arrhythmia due to deregulated Ca2+ cycling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number60
JournalBasic Research in Cardiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Ca cycling
  • Dilation
  • Hypertrophy
  • Obscurin
  • Phospholamban
  • Ryanodine receptor
  • Sex dimorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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