Oct 24, 2003

Ca2+ transport ATPase isoforms SERCA2a and SERCA2b are targeted to the same sites in the murine heart

Cell Calcium
Peter VangheluweFrank Wuytack


Adult SERCA2(b/b) mice expressing the non-muscle Ca2+ transport ATPase isoform SERCA2b in the heart instead of the normally predominant sarcomeric SERCA2a isoform, develop mild concentric ventricular hypertrophy with impaired cardiac contractility and relaxation [Circ. Res. 89 (2001) 838]. Results from a separate study on transgenic mice overexpressing SERCA2b in the normal SERCA2a context were interpreted to show that SERCA2b and SERCA2a are differentially targeted within the cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) [J. Biol. Chem. 275 (2000) 24722]. Since a different subcellular distribution of SERCA2b could underlie alterations in Ca2+ handling observed in SERCA2(b/b), we wanted to compare SERCA2b distribution in SERCA2(b/b) with that of SERCA2a in wild-type (WT). Using confocal microscopy on immunostained fixed myocytes and BODIPY-thapsigargin-stained living cells, we found that in SERCA2(b/b) mice SERCA2b is correctly targeted to cardiac SR and is present in the same SR regions as SERCA2a and SERCA2b in WT. We conclude that there is no differential targeting of SERCA2a and SERCA2b since both are found in the longitudinal SR and in the SR proximal to the Z-bands. Therefore, alterations in Ca2+ handling and the development of hyp...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Myocardial Contraction
Ca(2+)-Transporting ATPase
Sarcoplasmic Reticulum
Founder Mice, Transgenic
Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic, Familial

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