Abstract

The giant protein titin is the third most abundant protein in striated muscle. Mutations in its gene are responsible for diseases affecting the cardiac and/or the skeletal muscle. Titin has been reported to be expressed in multiple isoforms with considerable variability in the I-band, ensuring the modulation of the passive mechanical properties of the sarcomere. In the M-line, only the penultimate Mex5 exon coding for the specific is7 domain has been reported to be subjected to alternative splicing. Using the CRISPR-Cas9 editing technology, we generated a mouse model where we stably prevent the expression of alternative spliced variant(s) carrying the corresponding domain. Interestingly, the suppression of the domain induces a phenotype mostly in tissues usually expressing the isoform that has been suppressed, indicating that it fulfills (a) specific function(s) in these tissues allowing a perfect adaptation of the M-line to physiological demands of different muscles.

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