Polycystin-1 Assembles With Kv Channels to Govern Cardiomyocyte Repolarization and Contractility

Francisco Altamirano, Gabriele G. Schiattarella, Kristin M. French, Soo Young Kim, Felipe Engelberger, Sergii Kyrychenko, Elisa Villalobos, Dan Tong, Jay W. Schneider, Cesar A. Ramirez-Sarmiento, Sergio Lavandero, Thomas G. Gillette, Joseph A. Hill

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BACKGROUND: Polycystin-1 (PC1) is a transmembrane protein originally identified in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease where it regulates the calcium-permeant cation channel polycystin-2. Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease patients develop renal failure, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, and diastolic dysfunction, among other cardiovascular disorders. These individuals harbor PC1 loss-of-function mutations in their cardiomyocytes, but the functional consequences are unknown. PC1 is ubiquitously expressed, and its experimental ablation in cardiomyocyte-specific knockout mice reduces contractile function. Here, we set out to determine the pathophysiological role of PC1 in cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Wild-type and cardiomyocyte-specific PC1 knockout mice were analyzed by echocardiography. Excitation-contraction coupling was assessed in isolated cardiomyocytes and human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes, and functional consequences were explored in heterologous expression systems. Protein-protein interactions were analyzed biochemically and by means of ab initio calculations. RESULTS: PC1 ablation reduced action potential duration in cardiomyocytes, decreased Ca2+ transients, and myocyte contractility. PC1-deficient cardiomyocytes manifested a reduction in sarcoendoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ stores attributable to a reduced action potential duration and sarcoendoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase (SERCA) activity. An increase in outward K+ currents decreased action potential duration in cardiomyocytes lacking PC1. Overexpression of full-length PC1 in HEK293 cells significantly reduced the current density of heterologously expressed Kv4.3, Kv1.5 and Kv2.1 potassium channels. PC1 C terminus inhibited Kv4.3 currents to the same degree as full-length PC1. Additionally, PC1 coimmunoprecipitated with Kv4.3, and a modeled PC1 C-terminal structure suggested the existence of 2 docking sites for PC1 within the N terminus of Kv4.3, supporting a physical interaction. Finally, a naturally occurring human mutant PC1R4228X manifested no suppressive effects on Kv4.3 channel activity. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings uncover a role for PC1 in regulating multiple Kv channels, governing membrane repolarization and alterations in SERCA activity that reduce cardiomyocyte contractility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)921-936
Number of pages16
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 10 2019


  • Kv1.5 potassium channel
  • Kv2.1 potassium channel
  • Kv4.3 potassium channel
  • L-type calcium channel
  • action potential
  • ryanodine receptor
  • voltage-gated potassium channel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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