Actinin alpha 2

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Aliases ACTN2, CMD1AA, CMH23, actinin alpha 2
External IDs MGI: 109192 HomoloGene: 31016 GeneCards: ACTN2
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Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 1: 236.69 – 236.76 Mb Chr 13: 12.27 – 12.34 Mb
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Alpha-actinin 2 is a protein which in humans is encoded by the ACTN2 gene.[4] This gene encodes an alpha-actinin isoform that is expressed in both skeletal and cardiac muscles and functions to anchor myofibrillar actin thin filaments and titin to Z-discs.


Alpha-actinin 2 is a 103.8 kDa protein composed of 894 amino acids.[5][6] Each molecule is rod-shaped (35 nm in length) and it homodimerizes in an anti-parallel fashion. Each monomer has an N-terminal actin-binding region composed of two calponin homology domains, two C-terminal EF hand domains, and four tandem spectrin-like repeats form the rod domain in the central region of the molecule.[7] The high-resolution crystal structure of human alpha-actinin 2 at 3.5 Å was recently resolved.[8] Alpha actinins belong to the spectrin gene superfamily which represents a diverse group of actin-binding cytoskeletal proteins, including spectrin, dystrophin, utrophin and fimbrin.[7] Skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle isoforms are localized to the Z-disc and analogous dense bodies, where they help anchor the myofibrillar actin filaments. Alpha-actinin 2 has been shown to interact with KCNA5,[9][10] DLG1,[9] DISC1,[11] MYOZ1,[12] GRIN2B,[13] ADAM12,[14] ACTN3,[15] MYPN,[16] PDLIM3,[17] PKN,[18] MYOT,[19] TTN,[20] NMDAR,[21] SYNPO2,[22] LDB3,[23] and FATZ.[24]


The primary function of alpha-actinin 2 is to crosslink filamentous actin molecules and titin molecules from adjoining sarcomeres at Z-discs, a function that is modulated by phospholipids.[25][26] It is clear from studies by Hampton et al. that this crosslinking can assume a variety of conformations, with preferences for 60° and 120° angles.[27] Alpha-actinin 2 also functions in docking signalling molecules at Z-discs, and additional studies have also implicated alpha-actinin 2 in the binding of cardiac ion channels, Kv1.5 in particular.[9]

Clinical significance[edit]

Mutations in ACTN2 are associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,[28] as well as dilated cardiomyopathy and endocardial fibroelastosis.[29] The diverse functions of alpha-actinin 2 are reflected in the diverse clinical presentation of patients carrying ACTN2 mutations.[30]


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