In vivo roles for myosin phosphatase targeting subunit-1 phosphorylation sites T694 and T852 in bladder smooth muscle contraction

Cai Ping Chen, Xin Chen, Yan Ning Qiao, Pei Wang, Wei Qi He, Cheng Hai Zhang, Wei Zhao, Yun Qian Gao, Chen Chen, Tao Tao, Jie Sun, Ye Wang, Ning Gao, Kristine E. Kamm, James T. Stull, Min Sheng Zhu

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Abstract

Key points: Force production and maintenance in smooth muscle is largely controlled by myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) phosphorylation, which relies on a balance between Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) and myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) activities. MYPT1 is the regulatory subunit of MLCP that biochemically inhibits MLCP activity via T694 or T852 phosphorylation in vitro. Here we separately investigated the contribution of these two phosphorylation sites in bladder smooth muscles by establishing two single point mutation mouse lines, T694A and T852A, and found that phosphorylation of MYPT1 T694, but not T852, mediates force maintenance via inhibition of MLCP activity and enhancement of RLC phosphorylation in vivo. Our findings reveal the role of MYPT1 T694/T852 phosphorylation in vivo in regulation of smooth muscle contraction. Force production and maintenance in smooth muscle is largely controlled by different signalling modules that fine tune myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) phosphorylation, which relies on a balance between Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) and myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) activities. To investigate the regulation of MLCP activity in vivo, we analysed the role of two phosphorylation sites on MYPT1 (regulatory subunit of MLCP) that biochemically inhibit MLCP activity in vitro. MYPT1 is constitutively phosphorylated at T694 by unidentified kinases in vivo, whereas the T852 site is phosphorylated by RhoA-associated protein kinase (ROCK). We established two mouse lines with alanine substitution of T694 or T852. Isolated bladder smooth muscle from T852A mice displayed no significant changes in RLC phosphorylation or force responses, but force was inhibited with a ROCK inhibitor. In contrast, smooth muscles containing the T694A mutation showed a significant reduction of force along with reduced RLC phosphorylation. The contractile responses of T694A mutant smooth muscle were also independent of ROCK activation. Thus, phosphorylation of MYPT1 T694, but not T852, is a primary mechanism contributing to inhibition of MLCP activity and enhancement of RLC phosphorylation in vivo. The constitutive phosphorylation of MYPT1 T694 may provide a mechanism for regulating force maintenance of smooth muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-700
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Physiology
Volume593
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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    Chen, C. P., Chen, X., Qiao, Y. N., Wang, P., He, W. Q., Zhang, C. H., Zhao, W., Gao, Y. Q., Chen, C., Tao, T., Sun, J., Wang, Y., Gao, N., Kamm, K. E., Stull, J. T., & Zhu, M. S. (2015). In vivo roles for myosin phosphatase targeting subunit-1 phosphorylation sites T694 and T852 in bladder smooth muscle contraction. Journal of Physiology, 593(3), 681-700. https://doi.org/10.1113/jphysiol.2014.283853