Haplo-insufficiency of Bcl2-associated athanogene 3 in mice results in progressive left ventricular dysfunction, β-adrenergic insensitivity, and increased apoptosis

Valerie D Myers, Dhanendra Tomar, Muniswamy Madesh, Jufang Wang, Jianliang Song, Xue-Qian Zhang, Manish K Gupta, Farzaneh G Tahrir, Jennifer Gordon, Joseph M. McClung, Christopher D Kontos, Kamel Khalili, Joseph Y Cheung, Arthur M Feldman
Journal of Cellular Physiology2018
Bcl2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) is a 575 amino acid protein that is found predominantly in the heart, skeletal muscle and many cancers. Deletions and truncations in BAG3 that result in haplo-insufficiency have been associated with the development of dilated cardiomyopathy. To study the cellular and molecular events attributable to BAG3 haplo-insufficiency we generated a mouse in which one allele of BAG3 was flanked by loxP recombination sites (BAG3 fl/+). Mice were crossed with α-MHC-Cre mice in order to generate mice with cardiac-specific haplo-insufficiency (cBAG3 +/-) and underwent bi-weekly echocardiography to assess their cardiac phenotype. By ten weeks of age, cBAG3 +/-mice demonstrated increased heart size and diminished left ventricular ejection fraction when compared with non-transgenic littermates (Cre
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