Dependence of Cardiac Transverse Tubules on the BAR Domain Protein Amphiphysin II (BIN-1)

Jessica L. Caldwell, Charlotte E.R. Smith, Rebecca F. Taylor, Ashraf Kitmitto, David A. Eisner, Katharine M. Dibb, Andrew W. Trafford

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Rationale: Transverse (t-) tubules regulate cardiac excitation contraction coupling and exhibit inter-chamber and inter-species differences in expression. In cardiac disease t-tubule loss occurs and affects the systolic calcium transient. However, the mechanisms controlling t-tubule maintenance and whether these factors differ between species, cardiac chambers and in a disease setting remain unclear.

Objective: To determine the role of the BAR domain protein amphiphysin II (AmpII) in regulating t-tubule maintenance and the systolic calcium transient.

Methods and Results: T-tubule density was assessed by di-4-ANEPPS, FM4-64 or WGA staining using confocal microscopy. In rat, ferret and sheep hearts t-tubule density and AmpII protein levels were lower in the atrium than the ventricle. Heart failure was induced in sheep using right ventricular tachypacing and ferrets by ascending aortic coarctation. In both heart failure models, AmpII protein and t-tubule density were decreased in the ventricles. In the sheep, atrial t-tubules were also lost in heart failure and AmpII levels decreased. Conversely junctophilin 2 levels did not show inter-chamber differences in the rat and ferret nor did they change in heart failure in the sheep or ferret. Αdditionally, in rat atrial and sheep heart failure atrial cells where t-tubules were absent, junctophilin 2 had sarcomeric intracellular distribution. Small interfering RNA induced knockdown of AmpII protein reduced t-tubule density, calcium transient amplitude and the synchrony of the systolic calcium transient.

Conclusions: AmpII is intricately involved in t-tubule maintenance. Reducing AmpII protein decreases t-tubule density, reduces the amplitude and increases the heterogeneity of the systolic calcium transient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)986-996
Number of pages11
JournalCirculation research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • T-tubules
  • calcium
  • heart failure


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