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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 Feb 5;496(2):339-345. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2018.01.060. Epub 2018 Jan 10.

Loss of zebrafish Smyd1a interferes with myofibrillar integrity without triggering the misfolded myosin response.

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Molecular Cardiology, Department of Inner Medicine II, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany.
Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany.
Department of Inner Medicine II, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany.
Molecular Cardiology, Department of Inner Medicine II, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany. Electronic address:


Sarcomeric protein turnover needs to be tightly balanced to assure proper assembly and renewal of sarcomeric units within muscle tissues. The mechanisms regulating these fundamental processes are only poorly understood, but of great clinical importance since many cardiac and skeletal muscle diseases are associated with defective sarcomeric organization. The SET- and MYND domain containing protein 1b (Smyd1b) is known to play a crucial role in myofibrillogenesis by functionally interacting with the myosin chaperones Unc45b and Hsp90α1. In zebrafish, Smyd1b, Unc45b and Hsp90α1 are part of the misfolded myosin response (MMR), a regulatory transcriptional response that is activated by disturbed myosin homeostasis. Genome duplication in zebrafish led to a second smyd1 gene, termed smyd1a. Morpholino- and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockdown of smyd1a led to significant perturbations in sarcomere structure resulting in decreased cardiac as well as skeletal muscle function. Similar to Smyd1b, we found Smyd1a to localize to the sarcomeric M-band in skeletal and cardiac muscles. Overexpression of smyd1a efficiently compensated for the loss of Smyd1b in flatline (fla) mutant zebrafish embryos, rescued the myopathic phenotype and suppressed the MMR in Smyd1b-deficient embryos, suggesting overlapping functions of both Smyd1 paralogs. Interestingly, Smyd1a is not transcriptionally activated in Smyd1b-deficient fla mutants, demonstrating lack of genetic compensation despite the functional redundancy of both zebrafish Smyd1 paralogs.


CRISPR/Cas9; Cardiomyocyte; Danio rerio; Misfolded myosin response; Skeletal muscle; Smyd1; mBop

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