Troponin C

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Troponin C is a protein which is part of the troponin complex. It contains four calcium-binding EF hands, although different isoforms may have fewer than four functional calcium-binding subdomains. It is a component of thin filaments, along with actin and tropomyosin. It contains an N lobe and a C lobe. The C lobe serves a structural purpose and binds to the N domain of troponin I (TnI). The C lobe can bind either Ca2+ or Mg2+. The N lobe, which binds only Ca2+, is the regulatory lobe and binds to the C domain of troponin I after calcium binding.



Troponin C, slow skeletal and cardiac muscles
Symbol TNNC1
HGNC 11943
OMIM 191040
RefSeq NM_003280
UniProt P63316
Other data
Locus Chr. 3 p21.1
Troponin C, skeletal muscle
Symbol TNNC2
HGNC 11944
OMIM 191039
RefSeq NP_003270.1
UniProt P02585
Other data
Locus Chr. 20 q13.12

The tissue specific subtypes are:


Point mutations can occur in troponin C inducing alterations to Ca2+ and Mg2+ binding and protein structure, [1] leading to abnormalities in muscle contraction. [2] [3] In cardiac muscle, they are related to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

These known point mutations are:

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Troponin C type 1

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Troponin C, skeletal muscle

Troponin C, skeletal muscle is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TNNC2 gene.

Calcium buffering describes the processes which help stabilise the concentration of free calcium ions within cells, in a similar manner to how pH buffers maintain a stable concentration of hydrogen ions. The majority of calcium ions within the cell are bound to intracellular proteins, leaving a minority freely dissociated. When calcium is added to or removed from the cytoplasm by transport across the cell membrane or sarcoplasmic reticulum, calcium buffers minimise the effect on changes in cytoplasmic free calcium concentration by binding calcium to or releasing calcium from intracellular proteins. As a result, 99% of the calcium added to the cytosol of a cardiomyocyte during each cardiac cycle becomes bound to calcium buffers, creating a relatively small change in free calcium.

A8V is point mutation on Troponin C (cTNC) that leads to a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The coordinated cardiac muscle contraction is regulated by the troponin complex on thin filament (troponin C which is calcium binding, troponin T that plays the role with tropomyosin, and troponin I which has an inhibitory action annulating the S1 ATPase activity in the presence of tropomyosin and troponin and absence of Ca2+). This mutation is determined by the change of Alanine to Valine at nucleotide 23 from C to T. Patients with this type of mutation shows thickness on the left ventricle wall of around 18 mm, compared to the normal this thickness would be 12 mm. Also, A8V affects the Ca2+ binding affinity compared to normal genotype and increased sensitivity on force development.

D145E is a point mutation on troponin C that leads to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy disease. This mutation is caused by the change of nucleotide C to A at nucleotide 435, switching the amino acid aspartic acid to glutamic acid, which is located at the C-terminal tail. Patients with this mutation have different structure on the thin filament and alter the binding of Ca2+ at the troponin C site IV. Further, D145E causes increase in development of force and activation of ATPase in the presence of Ca2+.


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  2. Cheng Y, Regnier M (July 2016). "Cardiac troponin structure-function and the influence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated mutations on modulation of contractility". Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Special Issue: Myofilament Modulation of Contraction. 601: 11–21. doi:10.1016/ PMC   4899195 . PMID   26851561.
  3. Pinto JR, Parvatiyar MS, Jones MA, Liang J, Ackerman MJ, Potter JD (July 2009). "A functional and structural study of troponin C mutations related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 284 (28): 19090–100. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M109.007021 . PMC   2707221 . PMID   19439414.