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Muscle specific stress fibers give rise to sarcomeres in cardiomyocytes

  1. Aidan M Fenix
  2. Abigail C Neininger
  3. Nilay Taneja
  4. Karren Hyde
  5. Mike R Visetsouk
  6. Ryan J Garde
  7. Baohong Liu
  8. Benjamin R Nixon
  9. Annabelle E Manalo
  10. Jason R Becker
  11. Scott W Crawley
  12. David Mansfield bader
  13. Matthew J Tyska
  14. Qi Liu
  15. Jennifer H Gutzman
  16. Dylan Tyler Burnette  Is a corresponding author
  1. Vanderbilt University, United States
  2. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, United States
  3. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, United States
  4. University of Toledo, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e42144 doi: 10.7554/eLife.42144

Abstract

The sarcomere is the contractile unit within cardiomyocytes driving heart muscle contraction. We sought to test the mechanisms regulating actin and myosin filament assembly during sarcomere formation. Therefore, we developed an assay using human cardiomyocytes to monitor sarcomere assembly. We report a population of muscle stress fibers, similar to actin arcs in non-muscle cells, which are essential sarcomere precursors. We show sarcomeric actin filaments arise directly from muscle stress fibers. This requires formins (e.g., FHOD3), non-muscle myosin IIA and non-muscle myosin IIB. Furthermore, we show short cardiac myosin II filaments grow to form ~1.5 µm long filaments that then 'stitch' together to form the stack of filaments at the core of the sarcomere (i.e., the A-band). A-band assembly is dependent on the proper organization of actin filaments and, as such, is also dependent on FHOD3 and myosin IIB. We use this experimental paradigm to present evidence for a unifying model of sarcomere assembly.

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  1. Aidan M Fenix

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  2. Abigail C Neininger

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  3. Nilay Taneja

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  4. Karren Hyde

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  5. Mike R Visetsouk

    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, United States
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  6. Ryan J Garde

    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, United States
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  7. Baohong Liu

    Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, United States
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  8. Benjamin R Nixon

    Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-1840-0179
  9. Annabelle E Manalo

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  10. Jason R Becker

    Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, United States
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  11. Scott W Crawley

    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, United States
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  12. David Mansfield bader

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  13. Matthew J Tyska

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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  14. Qi Liu

    Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, United States
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  15. Jennifer H Gutzman

    Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-7725-6923
  16. Dylan Tyler Burnette

    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
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    dylan.burnette@vanderbilt.edu
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-2571-7038

Funding

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R35 GM125028)

  • Dylan Tyler Burnette

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (F31 HL136081)

  • Aidan M Fenix

American Heart Association (16PRE29100014)

  • Aidan M Fenix

National Cancer Institute (P50 CA095103)

  • Dylan Tyler Burnette

American Heart Association (17SDG33460353)

  • Dylan Tyler Burnette

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (RO1 HL037675)

  • David Mansfield bader

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (K08 HL116803)

  • Jason R Becker

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Anna Akhmanova, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Publication history

  1. Received: September 18, 2018
  2. Accepted: December 11, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 12, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: December 27, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Fenix et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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