Health Problems

Protein dynamics in the beating heart

The protein titin is a large structural component of the sarcomere—the machinery that mediates contraction of cardiac muscle cells. Despite its importance to the beating heart, little is known about titin turnover.

Adrian Cadar, Ph.D., and colleagues have now used the microscopy technique FRAP (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching) to study titin dynamics in contracting cardiomyocytes.

They used genome editing in human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to introduce a fluorescent tag (mEos3.2) into the titin gene. In cardiomyocytes derived from the hiPSCs, they studied tagged titin dynamics with FRAP. In contrast to expectations, they found that the mEos3.2 tag was not irreversibly photobleached during FRAP, hindering investigation of titin dynamics.

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