ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-111206-4
BIN1 is Reduced and Cav1.2 Trafficking is Impaired in Human Failing Cardiomyocytes
Hong, T.T., Smyth, J.W., Chu, K.Y., Vogan, J.M., Fong, T.S., Jensen, B.C., Fang, K., Halushka, M.K., Russell, S.D., Colecraft, H., Hoopes, C.W., Ocorr, K., Chi, N.C., and Shaw, R.M.
Date: 2012
Source: Heart rhythm   9(5): 812-820 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Chi, Neil C.
Keywords: calcium, L-type calcium channel, trafficking, cadriomyopathy, heart failure, ion channels, calcium transient
MeSH Terms:
  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing/metabolism*
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Calcium/metabolism*
  • Calcium Channels, L-Type/metabolism*
  • Cell Line
  • Heart Failure/metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Myocytes, Cardiac/metabolism*
  • Nuclear Proteins/metabolism*
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • Protein Transport
  • RNA, Messenger/metabolism*
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins/metabolism*
PubMed: 22138472 Full text @ Heart Rhythm


Heart failure is a growing epidemic and a typical aspect of heart failure pathophysiology is altered calcium transients. Normal cardiac calcium transients are initiated by Cav1.2 channels at cardiac T-tubules. BIN1 is a membrane scaffolding protein that causes Cav1.2 to traffic to T-tubules in healthy hearts. The mechanisms of Cav1.2 trafficking in heart failure are not known.


To study BIN1 expression and its effect on Cav1.2 trafficking in failing hearts.


Intact myocardium and freshly isolated cardiomyocytes from non-failing and end-stage failing human hearts were used to study BIN1 expression and Cav1.2 localization. To confirm Cav1.2 surface expression dependence on BIN1, patch clamp recordings were performed of Cav1.2 current in cell lines with and without trafficking competent BIN1. Also, in adult mouse cardiomyocytes, surface Cav1.2 and calcium transients were studied after shRNA mediated knockdown of BIN1. For a functional readout in intact heart, calcium transients and cardiac contractility were analyzed in a zebrafish model with morpholino mediated knockdown of BIN1.


BIN1 expression is significantly decreased in failing cardiomyocytes at both mRNA (30% down) and protein (36% down) levels. Peripheral Cav1.2 is reduced 42% by imaging and biochemical T-tubule fraction of Cav1.2 is reduced 68%. Total calcium current is reduced 41% in a cell line expressing non-trafficking BIN1 mutant. In mouse cardiomyocytes, BIN1 knockdown decreases surface Cav1.2 and impairs calcium transients. In zebrafish hearts, BIN1 knockdown causes a 75% reduction in calcium transients and severe ventricular contractile dysfunction.


The data indicate that BIN1 is significantly reduced in human heart failure, and this reduction impairs Cav1.2 trafficking, calcium transients, and contractility.