In cardiomyocytes, binding of unzipping peptide activates ryanodine receptor 2 and reciprocally inhibits calmodulin binding

Tetsuro Oda, Yi Yang, Florentin R. Nitu, Bengt Svensson, Xiyuan Lu, Bradley R. Fruen, Razvan L. Cornea, Donald M. Bers

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RATIONALE:: One hypothesis for elevated Ca leak through cardiac ryanodine receptors (ryanodine receptor 2 [RyR2]) in heart failure is interdomain unzipping that can enhance aberrant channel activation. A peptide (domain peptide corresponding to RyR2 residues 2460-2495 [DPc10]) corresponding to RyR2 central domain residues 2460-2495 recapitulates this arrhythmogenic RyR2 leakiness by unzipping N-terminal and central domains. Calmodulin (CaM) and FK506-binding protein (FKBP12.6) bind to RyR2 and stabilize the closed channel. Little is known about DPc10 binding to the RyR2 and how that may interact with binding (and effects) of CaM and FKBP12.6 to RyR2. OBJECTIVE:: To measure, directly in cardiac myocytes, the kinetics and binding affinity of DPc10 to RyR2 and how that affects RyR2 interaction with FKBP12.6 and CaM. METHODS AND RESULTS:: We used permeabilized rat ventricular myocytes and fluorescently labeled DPc10, FKBP12.6, and CaM. DPc10 access to its binding site is extremely slow in resting RyR2 but is accelerated by promoting RyR opening or unzipping (by unlabeled DPc10). RyR2-bound CaM (but not FKBP12.6) drastically slowed DPc10 binding. Conversely, DPc10 binding significantly reduced CaM (but not FKBP12.6) binding to the RyR2. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer measurements indicate that DPc10-binding and CaM-binding sites are separate and allow triangulation of the structural DPc10 binding locus on RyR2 vs FKBP12.6-binding and CaM-binding sites. CONCLUSIONS:: DPc10-RyR2 binding is sterically limited by the resting zipped RyR2 state. CaM binding to RyR2 stabilizes this zipped state, whereas RyR2 activation or prebound DPc10 enhances DPc10 access. DPc10-binding and CaM-binding sites are distinct but are allosterically interacting RyR2 sites. Neither DPc10 nor FKBP12.6 influences RyR2 binding of the other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-497
Number of pages11
JournalCirculation research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013


  • DPc10
  • FKBP12.6
  • calmodulin
  • fluorescence resonance energy transfer
  • ryanodine receptor


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