Characterization of secophalloidin-induced force loss in cardiac myofibrils

Anna E. Bukatina, Gary C. Sieck, Kenneth B. Campbell, Marek Belohlavek

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Secophalloidin (SPH) is known to cause in cardiac myofibrils force without Ca2+ (half-maximal effect ∼2 mM) followed by irreversible loss of Ca2+-activated force. At maximal Ca2+ activation, SPH increases force (half-maximal effect < 0.1 mM). We found that SPH at low concentration (0.5 mM) did not cause either force activation or force loss at pCa 8.7, but both of these effects did occur when force was activated by Ca2+. The force loss was prevented when SPH was applied during rigor or in the presence of 2, 3-butanedione monoxime (85 mM). Furthermore, studying muscle in which the force was previously reduced by SPH (up to 50%) did not reveal significant changes in Ca2+ sensitivity and cooperativity of Ca2+-activation or qualitative alterations in SPH-induced changes in Ca2+-activated contraction. Data suggest that the force loss is mediated by cycling cross-bridges, and might reflect a reduction in force generated by individual cross-bridges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-216
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Actomyosin
  • Ca regulation
  • Cardiac muscle
  • Muscle contraction
  • Myocardium
  • Myosin
  • Secophalloidin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology


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