We have used enzyme kinetics to investigate the molecular mechanism by which the N-terminal domains of human and mouse cardiac MyBP-C (C0C1, C1C2, and C0C2) affect the activation of myosin ATP hydrolysis by F-actin and by native porcine thin filaments. N-Terminal domains of cMyBP-C inhibit the activation of myosin-S1 ATPase by F-actin. However, mouse and human C1C2 and C0C2 produce biphasic activating and inhibitory effects on the activation of myosin ATP hydrolysis by native cardiac thin filaments. Low ratios of MyBP-C N-terminal domains to thin filaments activate myosin-S1 ATP hydrolysis, but higher ratios inhibit ATP hydrolysis, as is observed with F-actin alone. These data suggest that low concentrations of C1C2 and C0C2 activate thin filaments by a mechanism similar to that of rigor myosin-S1, whereas higher concentrations inhibit the ATPase rate by competing with myosin-S1-ADP-Pi for binding to actin and thin filaments. In contrast to C0C2 and C1C2, the activating effects of the C0C1 domain are species-dependent: human C0C1 activates actomyosin-S1 ATPase rates, but mouse C0C1 does not produce significant activation or inhibition. Phosphorylation of serine residues in the m-linker between the C1 and C2 domains by protein kinase-A decreases the activation of thin filaments by huC0C2 at pCa > 8 but has little effect on the activation mechanism at pCa = 4. In sarcomeres, the low ratio of cMyBP-C to actin is expected to favor the activating effects of cMyBP-C while minimizing inhibition produced by competition with myosin heads.
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