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Sci Rep. 2015 Aug 19;5:12637. doi: 10.1038/srep12637.

The Phosphorylation Profile of Myosin Binding Protein-C Slow is Dynamically Regulated in Slow-Twitch Muscles in Health and Disease.

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University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Baltimore, MD, USA.
University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Baltimore, MD, USA.
University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Myosin Binding Protein-C slow (sMyBP-C) is expressed in skeletal muscles where it plays structural and regulatory roles. The functions of sMyBP-C are modulated through alternative splicing and phosphorylation. Herein, we examined the phosphorylation profile of sMyBP-C in mouse slow-twitch soleus muscle isolated from fatigued or non-fatigued young (2-4-months old) and old (~14-months old) wild type and mdx mice. Our findings are two-fold. First, we identified the phosphorylation events present in individual sMyBP-C variants at different states. Secondly, we quantified the relative abundance of each phosphorylation event, and of sMyBP-C phospho-species as a function of age and dystrophy, in the presence or absence of fatigue. Our results revealed both constitutive and differential phosphorylation of sMyBP-C. Moreover, we noted a 10-40% and a 25-35% reduction in the phosphorylation levels of select sites in old wild type and young or old mdx soleus muscles, respectively. On the contrary, we observed a 5-10% and a 20-25% increase in the phosphorylation levels of specific sites in young fatigued wild type and mdx soleus muscles, respectively. Overall, our studies showed that the phosphorylation pattern of sMyBP-C is differentially regulated following reversible (i.e. fatigue) and non-reversible (i.e. age and disease) (patho)physiological stressors.

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