Intercalated disc-associated protein, mXin-alpha, influences surface expression of ITO currents in ventricular myocytes

Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2011 Jun 1;3:1425-42. doi: 10.2741/e344.


Mouse Xin-alpha (mXin-alpha) encodes a Xin repeat-containing, actin-binding protein localized to the intercalated disc (ICD). Ablation of mXin-alpha progressively leads to disrupted ICD structure, cardiac hypertrophy and cardiomyopathy with conduction defects during adulthood. Such conduction defects could be due to ICD structural defects and/or cell electrophysiological property changes. Here, we showed that despite the normal ICD structure, juvenile mXina-null cardiomyocytes (from 3~4-week-old mice) exhibited a significant reduction in the transient outward K+ current (ITO), similar to adult mutant cells. Juvenile but not adult mutant cardiomyocytes also had a significant reduction in the delayed rectifier K+ current. In contrast, the mutant adult ventricular myocytes had a significant reduction in the inward rectifier K+ current (IK1) on hyperpolarization. These together could account for the prolongation of action potential duration (APD) and the ease of developing early afterdepolarization observed in juvenile mXin-alpha-null cells. Interestingly, juvenile mXin-alpha-null cardiomyocytes had a notable decrease in the amplitude of intracellular Ca2+ transient and no change in the L-type Ca2+ current, suggesting that the prolonged APD did not promote an increase in intracellular Ca2+ for cardiac hypertrophy. Juvenile mXin-alpha-null ventricles had reduced levels of membrane-associated Kv channel interacting protein 2, an auxiliary subunit of ITO, and filamin, an actin cross-linking protein. We further showed that mXin-alpha interacted with both proteins, providing a novel mechanism for ITO surface expression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Cells, Cultured
  • DNA Primers
  • Heart Ventricles / cytology
  • Heart Ventricles / metabolism*
  • Heart Ventricles / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Microscopy, Electron, Transmission
  • Muscle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Muscle Proteins / physiology
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Two-Hybrid System Techniques


  • DNA Primers
  • Muscle Proteins