Actinin BioID reveals sarcomere crosstalk with oxidative metabolism through interactions with IGF2BP2

Cell Rep. 2021 Aug 10;36(6):109512. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109512.


Actinins are strain-sensing actin cross-linkers that are ubiquitously expressed and harbor mutations in human diseases. We utilize CRISPR, pluripotent stem cells, and BioID to study actinin interactomes in human cardiomyocytes. We identify 324 actinin proximity partners, including those that are dependent on sarcomere assembly. We confirm 19 known interactors and identify a network of RNA-binding proteins, including those with RNA localization functions. In vivo and biochemical interaction studies support that IGF2BP2 localizes electron transport chain transcripts to actinin neighborhoods through interactions between its K homology (KH) domain and actinin's rod domain. We combine alanine scanning mutagenesis and metabolic assays to disrupt and functionally interrogate actinin-IGF2BP2 interactions, which reveal an essential role in metabolic responses to pathological sarcomere activation using a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy model. This study expands our functional knowledge of actinin, uncovers sarcomere interaction partners, and reveals sarcomere crosstalk with IGF2BP2 for metabolic adaptation relevant to human disease.

Keywords: BioID; IGF2BP2; RNA-binding proteins; Z-disc; actinin; mRNA localization; oxidative phosphorylation; protein-protein interactions; quantitative proteomics; sarcomere.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Actinin / metabolism*
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic / physiopathology
  • Electron Transport
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Interaction Mapping
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Sarcomeres / metabolism*


  • IGF2BP2 protein, human
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Actinin