AuthorsK. J. McCabe, Y. Aboelkassem, A. Teitgen, G. Huber, A. J. McCammon, M. Regnier and A. D. McCulloch
TitlePredicting the effects of dATP on cardiac contraction using multiscale modeling of the sarcomere
AfilliationScientific Computing
Project(s)Department of Computational Physiology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics

2’-deoxy-ATP (dATP) is a naturally occurring small molecule that has shown promise as a therapeutic because it significantly increases cardiac myocyte force development even at low dATP/ATP ratios. To investigate mechanisms by which dATP alters myosin crossbridge dynamics, we used Brownian dynamics simulations to calculate association rates between actin and ADP- or dADP-bound myosin. These rates were then directly incorporated in a mechanistic Monte Carlo Markov Chain model of cooperative sarcomere contraction. A unique combination of increased powerstroke and detachment rates was required to match experimental steady-state and kinetic data for dATP force production in rat cardiac myocytes when the myosin attachment rate in the model was constrained by the results of a Brownian dynamics simulation. Nearest-neighbor cooperativity was seen to contribute to, but not fully explain, the steep relationship between dATP/ATP ratio and steady-state force-development observed at lower dATP concentrations. Dynamic twitch simulations performed using measured calcium transients as inputs showed that the effects of dATP on the crossbridge alone were not sufficient to explain experimentally observed enhancement of relaxation kinetics by dATP treatment. Hence, dATP may also affect calcium handling even at low concentrations. By enabling the effects of dATP on sarcomere mechanics to be predicted, this multi-scale modelling framework may elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which dATP can have therapeutic effects on cardiac contractile dysfunction.

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