We have prepared monoclonal antibodies specific for either atrial or ventricular myosin and defined the isomyosin composition of myocardium in normal and overloaded human hearts. In the atrial myocardium, normal isozymic pattern was V1 dominant which converted to being V3 dominant in an overloaded condition. In contrast, normal isomyosin pattern of the ventricular myocardium was exclusively V3 dominant, and only a small change in the proportion of isomyosin was observed in an overloaded condition. From this, we conclude that isozymic changes in cardiac myosin could occur in the human heart to meet increased work induced by cardiac overload. However, the physiological importance of these isomyosin redistributions in human myocardium seems to be much greater in the atrium than in the ventricle, since larger amounts of V1 isomyosin which could be transformed to V3 isomyosin were present in the atrial myocardium.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Heart Journal|
|Issue number||SUPPL. F|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine