Current Focus

Hypertrophic & Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Many human hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathies involve missense mutations in human beta-cardiac myosin. Red spheres show locations of HCM mutations and blue spheres of DCM mutations within the myosin motor domain.

From cell to sarcomere

The 100 micron long cell consists of densely packed myofibrils. The myofibrils consist of repeating 2 micron long units called sarcomeres, which contain overlapping actin-containing thin filaments and myosin-containing thick filaments.

Basic elements of the sarcomere

Thin actin-containing filaments have a 36-nm helical periodicity. In contrast, the thick myosin-containg filaments have a 42.9-nm helical repeat.