Molecular consequences of the R453C hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mutation on human β-cardiac myosin motor function

Ruth F. Sommese, Jongmin Sung, Suman Nag, Shirley Sutton, John C. Deacon, Elizabeth Choe, Leslie A. Leinwand, Kathleen Ruppel, James A. Spudich

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Cardiovascular disorders are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is among the most frequently occurring inherited cardiac disorders. HCM is caused by mutations in the genes encoding the fundamental force-generating machinery of the cardiac muscle, including β-cardiac myosin. Here, we present a biomechanical analysis of the HCM-causing mutation, R453C, in the context of human β-cardiac myosin. We found that this mutation causes a ~30% decrease in the maximumATPase of the human β-cardiac subfragment 1, the motor domain of myosin, and a similar percent decrease in the in vitro velocity. The major change in the R453C human β-cardiac subfragment 1 is a 50% increase in the intrinsic force of the motor compared with wild type, with no appreciable change in the stroke size, as observed with a dual-beamoptical trap. These results predict that the overall force of the ensemble of myosin molecules in the muscle should be higher in the R453C mutant compared with wild type. Loaded in vitromotility assay confirms that the net force in the ensemble is indeed increased. Overall, this study suggests that the R453C mutation should result in a hypercontractile state in the heart muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12607-12612
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number31
StatePublished - Jul 30 2013


  • Heart disease
  • Optical trapping
  • Single-molecule force measurements


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