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Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), characterized by cardiac dilatation and contractile dysfunction, is a major cause of heart failure. DCM can result from mutations in the gene encoding cardiac α-tropomyosin (TM). In order to understand how the dilated cardiomyopathy-causing Glu40Lys mutation in TM affects actomyosin interactions, thin filaments have been reconstituted in muscle ghost fibers by incorporation of labeled Cys707 of myosin subfragment-1 and Cys374 of actin with fluorescent probe 1.5-IAEDANS and α-tropomyosin (wild-type or Glu40Lys mutant). For the first time, the effect of these α-tropomyosins on the mobility and rotation of subdomain-1 of actin and the SH1 helix of myosin subfragment-1 during the ATP hydrolysis cycle have been demonstrated directly by polarized fluorimetry. The Glu40Lys mutant TM inhibited these movements at the transition from AM(∗∗)·ADP·Pi to AM state, indicating a decrease of the proportion of the strong-binding sub-states in the actomyosin population. These structural changes are likely to underlie the contractile deficit observed in human dilated cardiomyopathy.

Original publication




Journal article


Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Publication Date





496 - 500


Actins, Adenosine Triphosphatases, Cardiomyopathy, Dilated, Glutamic Acid, Humans, Lysine, Myosins, Tropomyosin