RBM20S639G mutation is a high genetic risk factor for premature death through RNA-protein condensates

Chunyan Wang, Yanghai Zhang, Mei Methawasin, Camila Urbano Braz, Jeffrey Gao-Hu, Betty Yang, Joshua Strom, Jochen Gohlke, Timothy Hacker, Hasan Khatib, Henk Granzier, Wei Guo

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Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heritable and genetically heterogenous disease often idiopathic and a leading cause of heart failure with high morbidity and mortality. DCM caused by RNA binding motif protein 20 (RBM20) mutations is diverse and needs a more complete mechanistic understanding. RBM20 mutation S637G (S639G in mice) is linked to severe DCM and early death in human patients. In this study, we generated a RBM20 S639G mutation knock-in (KI) mouse model to validate the function of S639G mutation and examine the underlying mechanisms. KI mice exhibited severe DCM and premature death with a ~ 50% mortality in two months old homozygous (HM) mice. KI mice had enlarged atria and increased ANP and BNP biomarkers. The S639G mutation promoted RBM20 trafficking and ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules in the sarcoplasm. RNA Seq data revealed differentially expressed and spliced genes were associated with arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, and sudden death. KI mice also showed a reduction of diastolic stiffness and impaired contractility at both the left ventricular (LV) chamber and cardiomyocyte levels. Our results indicate that the RBM20 S639G mutation leads to RNP granules causing severe heart failure and early death and this finding strengthens the novel concept that RBM20 cardiomyopathy is a RNP granule disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-129
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart failure
  • Premature death
  • Protein condensates
  • RBM20 mutation
  • RNP granules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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