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Calcium Homeostasis and Muscle Energy Metabolism Are Modified in HspB1-Null Mice

International Institute of Agronomical Research (INRA)-Vetagro Sup, UMR1213, Saint-Genès-Champanelle F-63122, France
INRA-Metabolism Exploration Plateform (PFEM), Saint-Genès-Champanelle F-63122, France
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Academic Editors: Jatin G. Burniston and Jacek R. Wisniewski
Proteomes 2016, 4(2), 17;
Received: 14 March 2016 / Revised: 12 April 2016 / Accepted: 18 April 2016 / Published: 4 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Striated Muscle Proteomics)


Hsp27—encoded by HspB1—is a member of the small heat shock proteins (sHsp, 12–43 kDa (kilodalton)) family. This protein is constitutively present in a wide variety of tissues and in many cell lines. The abundance of Hsp27 is highest in skeletal muscle, indicating a crucial role for muscle physiology. The protein identified as a beef tenderness biomarker was found at a crucial hub in a functional network involved in beef tenderness. The aim of this study was to analyze the proteins impacted by the targeted invalidation of HspB1 in the Tibialis anterior muscle of the mouse. Comparative proteomics using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis revealed 22 spots that were differentially abundant between HspB1-null mice and their controls that could be identified by mass spectrometry. Eighteen spots were more abundant in the muscle of the mutant mice, and four were less abundant. The proteins impacted by the absence of Hsp27 belonged mainly to calcium homeostasis (Srl and Calsq1), contraction (TnnT3), energy metabolism (Tpi1, Mdh1, PdhB, Ckm, Pygm, ApoA1) and the Hsp proteins family (HspA9). These data suggest a crucial role for these proteins in meat tenderization. The information gained by this study could also be helpful to predict the side effects of Hsp27 depletion in muscle development and pathologies linked to small Hsps.
Keywords: 2D-electrophoresis; MS-MS; skeletal muscle; HspB1-null mouse 2D-electrophoresis; MS-MS; skeletal muscle; HspB1-null mouse

1. Introduction

Among beef sensory qualities, tenderness is the most important criteria because it is characterized by a high and uncontrolled variability, which is one reason for consumer dissatisfaction as beef consumers seek meat of high and consistent quality [1]. Therefore, beef tenderness has been the subject of a lot of studies over the past years. Moreover, today beef tenderness can only be determined after slaughter at the time of eating. Thus, the beef sector is looking for biological or molecular indicators which could be used in prediction tools to classify carcasses at slaughter according to their tenderness, or to predict the ability of live animals to produce good meat with controlled tenderness. To achieve this goal, several genomic programs combining genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and biochemistry have been carried out over the past years (for review: [2]). This has made it possible to highlight a number of protein biomarkers of tenderness [3]. These biomarkers were analyzed using bioinformatics in order to establish a functional network involved in beef tenderness [4]. This network was constituted of 330 proteins involved in different biological functions such as muscle structure, metabolism, contraction, oxidative stress and apoptosis. In this analysis, the gene ontology (GO) functions “apoptosis” and “regulation of apoptosis” represented 16% of the overall occurrences of the interactome GO functions, demonstrating the importance of apoptosis (cell death program) in the determinism of tenderness. This is in accordance with the theory of Ouali et al. [5], that apoptosis would initiate cellular proteolysis during the early stage of tenderization, just after bleeding. This mechanism would be associated with the destruction of the cytoskeleton under the action of proteases such as caspases.
In the interactome related to tenderness [4], heat shock proteins (Hsps) were highly represented. In particular, Hsp27 encoded by the HspB1 gene was a hub protein, suggesting its key role in tenderness. In order to depict the molecular mechanisms involved in tenderness through the Hsp27 protein, we engineered a knock-out mouse by targeted invalidation of the HspB1 gene [6]. In an initial study, we used a network-basis approach combined to biochemistry to reveal Hsp27 interactors that may be related to tenderness. However this approach enabled predicting Hsp27 targets solely in the Soleus muscle [6]. In another study, we also provided evidence that the HspB1-null mouse displays ultrastructural abnormalities in the myofibrillar structure of mutant mice [7]. Thus, Hsp27 could directly impact the organization of muscle cytoskeleton and therefore have implications in tenderness. The aim of the present study was to understand the biological mechanisms involved in beef tenderness through the implication of Hsp27. We used a model of a knock-out mouse to propose some hypotheses which will be validated in cattle in future experiments. We used proteomics (two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry) to reveal without a priori the proteins whose abundances are modified in the m. Tibialis of HspB1-null mouse. A bioinformatic analysis was performed to identify pathways likely involved in the functions of Hsp27 which could be important for beef tenderness.

2. Experimental Section

2.1. Animals and Experimental Procedure

Constitutive knock-out mice with a gene deletion of HspB1 (HspB1-null mice) were obtained through targeted insertion (homologous recombination). A portion of the 1381 bases of the genomic DNA, including the three exons of the HspB1 gene, were replaced with a neomycin resistance gene and LacZ reporter gene (Mouse Micer vector set 369N20) [8]. The mice were housed at the experimental plant of nutrition and microbiology of the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA-France), in a temperature and humidity controlled room under a 12-hour light and dark cycle. They were fed ad libitum. The experimental procedures and animal holding respected French animal protection legislation, including the licensing of experimenters. They were controlled and approved by the French Veterinary Services and the “Comité Régional d’Ethique en Matière d’Expérimentation Animale Région Auvergne” ethics committee (agreement number CE 84-12). All efforts were made to minimize suffering.

2.2. Muscle Samples

The HspB1-null mice and their control littermates were sacrificed at 12 weeks postnatal. Samples of the Tibialis anterior muscle (fast glycolytic) were taken immediately after sacrifice, frozen in liquid nitrogen and kept at −80 °C until protein extraction. Total protein extractions were performed on five mice from each genotype according to Bouley et al. [9] in a denaturation/extraction buffer (8.3 M urea, 2 M thiourea, 1% Dithiothreitol (DTT), 2% CHAPS) and stored at −20 °C until use. This buffer does not allow for a good solubilization of proteins from the extracellular matrix, which had not been considered in our study. The protein concentration was determined by spectrophotometry using the Bradford assay [10]. The extraction yield was the same for the two genotypes.

2.3. Proteomic Analysis

2.3.1. Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis

Isoelectric focusing (IEF) was carried out in a PROTEAN IEF-cell (Bio-rad, Hercules, CA, USA) with 18 cm-long IPG (immobilized pH gradient) strips with a pH range of 5–8. The method used was previously described by Bouley et al. [9], with the exception that, after a desalting step (50 V, 7 h), the proteins were separated according to the following conditions: 200 V for 1 h; 500 V for 1 h; 1000 V for 3 h, increasing to 8000 V over 9 h; 8000 V continuously until 73,500 Vh.
Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) (T = 11%, C = 2.6%) was run on a PROTEAN plus Dodeca cell system (Bio-Rad, Hercules, CA, USA) at 40 V for 1 h, with 15 mA per gel and 110 V until the Bromophenol blue migration front reached the bottom of all the gels.
Three replicates of two-DE (Dimensional electrophoresis) gels of HspB1-null mice (n = 5 samples) and their control littermates (n = 5 samples) were carried out. The two-DE gels were stained with G250 Colloidal Coomassie Blue for 72 h, as described previously [9]. This dye, which is known to be less sensitive than fluorescent dyes [11], has been chosen for technical and economic reasons and also for its usefulness for protein identification by mass spectrometry. After staining, gels were destained until sufficient background was cleared before digitization. Two-DE gel images were acquired using an Expression 10000XL Pro Scanner (Epson, Nagano, Japan) at 300 dots per inch (dpi). Image warping, spot detection and volume quantification were carried out using the SameSpots v3 software (Nonlinear Dynamics, Newcastle, UK).

2.3.2. Protein Identification by Mass Spectrometry LC-MS/MS

Stained spots of interest were excised by hand from at least three different replicate gels for each of the five samples for each genotype and subjected to the following treatments. First, the spots were washed in 25 mM ammonium bicarbonate −5% acetonitrile for 30 min and twice in 25 mM ammonium bicarbonate −50% acetonitrile for 30 min each. The spots were then dehydrated with 100% acetonitrile. The dried gels were reswelled in 25 mM ammonium bicarbonate and digested at 37 °C for 5 h with 10 to 15 μL (depending on the gel volume to be treated) of trypsin solution (12 ng/μL; V5111, Promega, Madison, WI, USA). Following peptide extraction with 8 to 12 μL of acetonitrile and concentration, the peptide mixtures were analyzed by online nanoflow liquid chromatography using the Ultimate 3000 RSLC (Dionex, Voisins le Bretonneux, France) with nanocapillary columns of 15 cm length × 75 μm I.D. (Acclaim Pep Map RSLC, Dionex, Sunnyvale, CA, USA). The solvent gradient increased linearly from 4% to 50% Acetonitrile (ACN) in 0.5% formic acid at a flow rate of 300 nL/min for 30 min. The elute was then electrosprayed in a LTQ-VELOS mass spectrometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Courtaboeuf, France) through a nanoelectrospray ion source which was operated in a CID top 10 mode (i.e., one full scan MS and the 10 major peaks in the full scan were selected for MS/MS). The Thermo Proteome Discoverer v1.2 (Thermo Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA) was used for raw data file processing and Mascot (V2.2, for protein identification. For the mouse database searches (, 50287 seq), the following parameters were considered: peptide mass tolerance was set to 1.5 Da, fragment mass tolerance was set to 0.8 Da and a maximum of two missed cleavages were allowed. The variable modifications were methionine oxidation (M) and carbamidomethylation (C) of cysteine. A protein was considered valid when a minimum of three unique peptides originating from one protein were shown to be statistically significant (individual peptide score >39; p < 0.05).
Protein spots with more than one protein identified in the mixture were considered for biological interpretation only if they passed both of the following criteria: (i) the relative abundance based on the number of sequenced peptides per protein (EmPAI protein content (mol%) ( for the most abundant protein was larger than 50%; and, moreover; (ii) the ratio of the EmPAI for this most abundant protein to EmPAI for the second most abundant protein in the spot mixture was at least 2).

2.3.3. Western-Blotting Validation

The variation in protein abundance between the two genotypes was validated using a quantitative Western blotting technique. It was processed exactly as described in Chaze et al. [12]. Fifteen or 30 μg of proteins were separated by gel electrophoresis using 1D SDS-PAGE for 2 h according to the Laemmli method [13]. After migration, the proteins were transferred onto Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) transfer membrane Millipore (Bedford, MA, USA). Membranes were then blocked with 5% non-fat milk in Tris-buffer saline (TBS) 1x buffer containing (blocking solution) and incubated under gentle agitation overnight at room temperature in the presence of the primary antibodies. After that, the membranes were incubated at 37 °C for 30 min with the secondary fluorochrome-conjugated LI-COR antibody. Infrared fluorescence detection was then used for protein quantification. Membranes were scanned by the scanner Odyssey (LI-COR Biosciences, Lincoln, NE, USA) at 800 nm. Band volumes were quantified in the scanned images using ImageQuant TL v 2003 software (GE Healthcare, Uppsala, Sweden). For each antibody, the five samples of each genotype were analyzed on the same gel to suppress a technical effect. A pool constituted of all the samples was loaded on each gel, and the protein abundance for each sample was corrected with the value of this reference pool. The result for each protein is given in arbitrary units. The specificity and conditions of use of primary antibodies against candidate proteins were first defined. An antibody was considered specific when its target bands were detected at the expected molecular weight. The specific dilutions used for each antibody are reported in Table 1. The secondary fluorescent-conjugated (IRDye 800CW) antibodies were supplied by LI-COR Biosciences (Lincoln, NE, USA) and used at 1/20,000.

2.3.4. Enzyme Activities Measurement

Glycolytic enzyme activities (phosphofructokinase (Pfk; EC and lactate dehydrogenase (Ldh; EC and oxidative enzyme activities (isocitrate dehydrogenase (Icdh; EC were quantified as described in [14]. Two hundred mg of frozen muscle was thawed, ground and homogenized with a Polytron for 15 s in a 5% (w/v) solution buffer of 10 mM Trizma-Base (pH 8.0), 250 mM sucrose and 2 mM EDTA. One aliquot of homogenate was centrifuged at 6000 g for 15 min at 4 °C for the determination of Pfk, Ldh and Icdh activities. Enzyme activities (means of triplicate) were measured at 25 °C or 28 °C using an automatic spectrophotometric analyzer (UVIKON 923, Biotek-Instruments, Winooski, VT, USA). The results were expressed as units per gram of wet muscle or per μg of proteins.

2.4. Bioinformatic Analyses

Data mining of proteomic data was realized using the ProteINSIDE workflow [15] to analyze lists of protein or gene identifiers from ruminant species and gather biological information provided by functional annotations, putative secretion of proteins and proteins interactions networks.

2.5. Statistical Analysis

One-way ANOVA. In a first step, variance analysis was processed under SameSpots to highlight spots differentially expressed between groups (HspB-null mice vs. wild-type controls) with p < 0.05. After that, the differences in the identified 22 muscle protein abundances, the enzymatic activities and the abundances of the proteins revealed using Western blotting between HspB1-null mice (n = 5) and wild-types (n = 5) were assessed by one-way analysis of variance using individual observations; the means were compared by the post hoc Fisher least squares difference (LSD) test. Differences were considered to be statistically significant at a confidence level of 95% (p < 0.05). The results are expressed as least squares of the means ± standard error of mean (SEM).
Correlation analysis. The PROC CORR option of the SAS software was used to determine the Pearson’s correlation coefficients between the 22 differentially abundant proteins using Z-scores. A Z-score measures the number of standard deviations an observation is away from the mean, or average, of all observations. In our case, a Z-score represents how many the number of standard deviations of each observation is relative to the mean of the corresponding protein in each gel: Z = ((x − μ)/σ), where x is the raw value, μ is the mean of the abundance (intensity) of each protein in the corresponding group, and σ is the standard deviation of the same protein for the corresponding group. Only the significant correlations (p < 0.05) were considered for the construction of the correlation networks following the procedure recently described by Gagaoua et al. [16].
Principal Component Analysis (PCA). The PCA procedure is an unsupervised method which condenses the differential proteins into a set of representative, uncorrelated principle components (PCs) by means of their variance covariance structure. It was carried out using the PROC PRINCOMP from SAS, using only the 22 proteins. The PCA aimed to visually illustrate the identified differential proteins according to the studied group (HspB-null mice vs. wild-type controls).

3. Results

Changes in Protein Profiles

About 464 protein spots were detected in the reference gel from pI 5.5 to pI 7.8, and over the total mass ranges from 15 to 230 kDa (kilodalton). Among them, the comparative proteomic analysis revealed 35 spots with significant differences of abundances between HspB1-null mice and their controls (p < 0.05). Mass spectrometry allowed the identification of 16 proteins with different Uniprot ID corresponding to 22 spots (Figure 1, Table 2). Eighteen protein spots were more abundant in the Tibialis anterior muscle of the HspB1-null mice, and four proteins were less abundant (Figure 2, Table 2). Interestingly, among the spots, six isoforms of a same protein (Srl, sarcalumenin) were found differential between the two groups. All these spots were more abundant (p < 0.05) in HspB1-null mice (Figure 1 and Figure 2). The most important differences between the two groups were observed for the proteins TnnT3, Sept2, Apoa1, Trim72, Pygm, Pdhb and Gmpr. They were highly and significantly more abundant in HspB1-null mice compared to the controls (Figure A1). The analysis of correlations using Z-scores between the 22 protein spot abundances allowed us to construct a robust correlation network (Figure 3). The network clearly demonstrates that proteins with the higher number of interactions with other proteins were Mdh1 (six correlations) and two spots of TnnT3 (with six correlations for each). Ak1 had five positive correlations, two with Srl spots. The Srl spots showed higher numbers of correlations, and seven correlations for Srl1074. HspA9 was also correlated with six other protein spots. These numerous correlations between the differential spots identified constitute strong arguments validating the proteomic results.
The list of 16 differential proteins was then submitted to ProteINSIDE [15]. A gene ontology analysis retrieved 302 GO for 16 proteins as follows: 23.2% were annotated for Cellular Component; 23% for Molecular Function; and 53.3% for Biological Process. Further data mining indicated that three proteins were mitochondrial (Mdh1, Pdhb, and HspA9) as determined by ProteINSIDE. Two proteins (Alb and Apoa1) were identified as secreted proteins based on their SignalP and TargetP scores and their GO related to secretion. Eight other proteins (Napa, Tpi1, Sept2, Pdhb, Pygm, HspA9, Ak1 and Mdh1) were also characterized by a GO related to secretion (Table 3). Interestingly, the 10 proteins predicted to be secreted were all annotated for extracellular exosome (GO:0070062). The percentage of annotation frequency by GO on the ontology group Biological Process is presented in Figure 4. The main functions represented in the dataset were related to energy metabolism with a focus on carbohydrate metabolism, muscle contraction and transport.
The list of proteins was computed for direct Protein-Protein interactions (PPI) within the dataset and outside the dataset after enrichment with mouse proteins. Ten interactions were detected within the dataset. Interestingly, 603 interactions were detected outside the dataset for 415 proteins including 14 of the differential proteins. Figure 5 illustrates the PPI network before and after filtering for closeness centrality (min 0.1–max 0.51) and for betweeness centrality (min 2500–max 3000). The data indicated that three proteins (Ywhae, Kcnma1, and Hsd3b4) were highly connected to nine proteins with differential abundance in the muscle of the HspB1-null mouse. In particular, based on co-sedimentation experiments, the adapter protein Ywhae was predicted to be an interactor of these nine proteins, of which there are metabolic enzymes (Tpi1, Mdh1, PdhB, Ckl, Pygm), Sept2, Napa, ApoA1, and HspA9. The 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase was connected to the same proteins, except for Pygm and Napa, also based on co-sedimentation experiments. Lastly, the potassium channel activated by both membrane depolarization and the increase in cytosolic calcium was found to be an interactor of the metabolic enzymes Tpi1, Pdhb, Ckm; this was also the case for the HspA9 and ApoA1 proteins, as predicted by affinity chromatography technology, anti-tag co-immunoprecipitation, anti-bait co-immunoprecipitation, or molecular interaction experiments.
We selected a list of six proteins for validation using Western blotting according to the statistical significance of the differences in spot abundances between HspB1-null animals and their controls, using the available antibodies. Table 4 illustrates the Western blotting data which allowed for the validating of the lower abundance of HspA9 in HspB1-null mice as expected according to Table 2. The differential abundance of three proteins (Pygm, Casq1, Alb) could not be validated (Table 4).
Because significant modifications in the abundance of several enzymes of muscle energy metabolism were observed, we measured the activity of three muscle enzymes representative of oxidative (Icdh) or glycolytic (Ldh and Pfk) metabolism. The results show a highly significant difference for Pfk activity (p < 0.001) between the two groups. The Pfk activity was considerably lower in the HspB1-null mouse (Figure 6). The Ldh activity expressed in μmol/min/g of muscle was found to be slightly and significantly different (p < 0.05) between the two groups, and was higher in the HspB1-null mouse than in the wild-type. Finally, no significant difference (p > 0.05) was observed for Icdh activity between the two groups (Figure 6).

4. Discussion

In this study we have examined the proteomic signature of the Tibialis anterior muscle in the HspB1-null mouse and compared it to that of control mouse. The differential proteins between the two genotypes were mostly more abundant in the HspB1-null animals comparatively to the wild-type controls. The most important differences were found for the proteins of the calcium homeostasis and the energy metabolism.

4.1. Changes in the Abundance of Proteins Involved in Calcium Homeostasis in the HspB1-NullMouse

The proteomic analysis allowed us to detect two proteins involved in calcium homeostasis as differentially abundant in the mutant mouse, namely, sarcalumenin (Srl) with six spots, and calsequestrin (Casq1).
In skeletal muscle cells, fine regulation of Ca2+ storage, uptake and release is achieved through the concerted action of three major classes of Sarcoplasmic Reticulum (SR) calcium-regulatory proteins: calsequestrin, junctate and sarcalumenin (Srl) for calcium storage; SR calcium release channels such as ryanodine receptors (RyR) for calcium release; and SR Ca2+–ATPase (SERCA) pumps for calcium reuptake [17]. Srl are major luminal glycoproteins that codistribute with SERCA and play a role in Ca2+ transport and sequestration [18,19]. It maintains muscle Ca2+ homeostasis and is involved in the sequestration of Ca2+ in the non-junctional region of the SR [18]. The expression of Srl is similar in slow and fast-twitch muscle fibers. After the initiation of muscle contraction by increasing cytoplasmic Ca2+, Ca2+ is pumped back to the SR by SERCA, leading to relaxation. Srl-deficient mice were apparently normal in growth, health, and reproduction, indicating that Srl is not essential for fundamental muscle functions. Srl-deficient skeletal muscle carrying irregular SR ultrastructure retained normal force generation but showed slow relaxation phases after contractions. A weakened Ca2+ uptake activity was detected in the SR prepared from Srl mutant muscle, indicating that Srl contributes to Ca2+ buffering in the SR lumen, and also to the maintenance of Ca2+ pump proteins [18]. There are two Srl isoforms (160-kDa and 53-kDa) that are generated by alternative splicing [18]. In the present study, six spots of the 53-kDa isoform were found to be more abundant in the muscle of the HspB1-null mouse, and this overexpression was confirmed by Western blotting (Table 4). These spots could correspond to phosphorylation of Srl. In accordance with this hypothesis, Hadad et al. [20] revealed the phosphorylation of Srl in cardiac and skeletal muscle by Casein kinase II (CkII). They demonstrated that while the phosphorylation of the purified Srl protein by exogenously added CK II is independent of Ca2+, the phosphorylation of the SR membrane-associated proteins is absolutely Ca2+-dependent. Ca2+ could be involved in the transport of ATP into the SR lumen or in the protein-membrane association-dissociation processes. The phosphorylation of Srl induces modifications in the ryanodine receptor properties, and both the Ca2+ and the ryanodine binding affinities are modified. As there are no indications for a direct interaction between Srl and the RyR, it was suggested that this effect could be done via calsequestrin. Action potentials may elicit contractions by releasing Ca2+ from the SR via the RyR. This latter is modulated directly or indirectly by various ions, small molecules and proteins, including calsequestrin. In the present study, a proteomic analysis of Tibialis anterior muscle of both groups of mice identified an up-regulation of calsequestrin-1 (Casq1, spot 902) in the HspB1-null mouse [21].
Casq1 is an important regulatory of Ca2+. It is located in the supramolecular membrane assembly in the terminal cisternae region of muscle fibers. It represents a high-capacity, medium-affinity binding protein that is restricted to junctional SR. Casq1 plays a key role in both homeostasis and terminal cisternae structure and acts as the physiological mediator of the excitation-contraction relaxation cycle through the regulation of the ryanodine receptor complex (Ryr) [22]. Casq1 isoform is expressed in fast-twitch II fibers at increasing levels from birth to adulthood [23]. Interestingly, Casq1 knock-out does not alter contractile responses of muscle fibers but induces profound ultrastructure remodeling, reducing the content of the stored Ca2+ and the amplitude of Ca2+transient [24]. This demonstrates the crucial role of the protein for the fine muscle architecture in agreement with the electronic microscopy observations in the m. Soleus and m. Tibialis anterior of the HspB1-null mouse [7].
Ca2+ signaling mechanisms in skeletal muscle control a multitude of cellular processes (for review [23]). Ca2+ ions are well known for their implication in muscle contraction. Under resting conditions, the cytosolic-free Ca2+ level is higher in type I than type II fibers, and this contributes to the structural differences in the composition of fiber types. Type II fibers require higher Ca2+ gradients for muscle contraction; this is consistent with a higher density of RyR channels in type II fibers comparatively to type I.
Ca2+ release is highly regulated by smaller molecules such as ATP and Mg2+. A major metabolic pathway in skeletal muscle that provides a high amount of ATP generation per time is the anaerobic glycolysis [23]. Ca2+ ions contribute to the regulation of glycolysis as they affect the enzymatic speed of several crucial enzymes of this pathway. This is consistent with our results showing modifications of abundances of the protein involved in Ca2+ storage and in glycolysis.

4.2. Changes in the Abundance of Proteins Involved in Energy Metabolism in the HspB1-Null Mouse

Overloaded sarcoplasmic concentrations of Ca2+ are responsible for the activation of muscle metabolism and acceleration of lactate production in postmortem muscle [25]. These high Ca2+ concentrations have also been implicated as initiators of apoptosis via some signaling pathways in skeletal muscle [26,27]. In this study, seven proteins involved in energy metabolism were reported to be different between the two groups. Moreover, one major result of this study is the very low phosphofructokinase (Pfk) activity observed in the HspB1-null mouse. Pfk is the main rate-controlling enzyme of glycolysis in various tissues which catalyzes the transfer of a phosphoryl group from ATP to fructose-6-phosphate to yield ADP and fructose-1,6-bisphosphate [25]. Its activity is controlled by the concentrations of a large number of metabolites, including ATP, ADP, AMP, PEP and fructose-2,6-bisphosphate. The down-regulation of Pfk in the present study in HspB1-null mice, together with the finding that lactate accumulates in river prawn following hypoxia [26], may suggest that this protein may be a key factor in accelerating glycolysis to stimulate anaerobic ATP production in postmortem muscle. Three enzymes are candidates to be the major actors of this regulation because of their high negative free energy, namely, hexokinase, Pfk, and pyruvate kinase. Of the three, Pfk is considered to be the major regulatory enzyme for glycolysis in skeletal muscle. This energy barrier makes sense as pyruvate kinase catalyzes the final reaction and hexokinase is not involved in glycolysis at all when the process is begun from glycogen. Otherwise, the Pygm could catalyze the degradation of glycogen and lead to technological defects in meat (e.g., Pale, Soft, Exudative (PSE) meat) [27].
In humans, a muscular metabolic disorder known as glycogen storage disease type VII, characterized by glycogen storage disease (excess glycogen accumulation), is induced by Pfk deficiency. The symptoms are similar to deficiencies of phosphoglycerate kinase, phosphoglycerate mutase, lactate dehydrogenase, β-enolase and aldolase A. From these data, we can speculate that HspB1-null mice should be more fatigable and sensitive to physical exercise than their controls. This may be supported by the finding in the present study that the tripartite motif protein 72 protein (Trim72) was more abundant in the HspB1-null animals compared to wild-type controls. Indeed, Trim72 is abundantly expressed in striated muscle tissues and has been shown to function as a critical component of the cell membrane repair [28,29]. We also identified, as shown in the correlation network, interactions between Trim72 with Casq1 (a calcium-binding protein) and Pygm (involved in carbohydrate metabolic process). Moreover, alternative routes of anaerobic carbohydrate catabolism are less efficient for ATP production and probably do not provide enough energy to maintain aerobic consumption in the HspB1-null mice. This hypothesis needs to be validated.
On another hand, Ca2+ ions are able to modulate Pfk activity by the Ca2+-dependent activation of Calmodulin (CaM) which interacts with Pfk by binding on two binding sites on Pfk monomers. This generates stable Pfk dimers, which exhibit increased catalytic activity of Pfk, in part preventing allosteric inhibition of the enzyme, e.g., by ATP, citrate and lactate. This regulation contributes to an increase of Pfk activity via increased abundance of Ca2+. In the present study, we could speculate that the higher storage of Ca2+ through modifications of Casq1 and Srl abundances could result in a decrease of Pfk activity.
Two mitochondrial proteins of energy metabolism (Mdh1 and Pdhb) were found to be more abundant in the HspB1-null mouse. The Ca2+ influx into mitochondria increases the energy conversion potential, which is very important for the energetic homeostasis in contracting muscle. The activity of dehydrogenase enzymes such as Mdh1 and Pdhb are dependent on mitochondrial Ca2+ concentrations [23]. As a pluripotent organelle, the mitochondrion plays multiple roles in calcium homeostasis, apoptosis and physiology in postmortem skeletal muscle [30,31]. Under high calcium flux, the integrity of mitochondria would be destroyed, leading to the release of cytochrome C and other pro-apoptotic factors, which finally triggers apoptosis [17]. This may happen in the HspB1-null mouse as suggested in Cassar-Malek et al. [7].
Our proteomic analyses therefore provided strong evidences of the enhancement in both glycolytic and mitochondrial energy metabolism in the skeletal muscle of the HspB1-null mouse. Changes in mitochondrial oxidative capacity may be the reason of more abundant metabolic proteins in the mutant mouse.
It has been proposed by several authors [23] that Ca2+ ions influence the activity of Ca2+-sensitive phosphatases and kinases. This could explain the differences observed in Ak1 and Ckm abundances in HspB1-null mice, which could be the consequence of differences in Ca2+ in muscle fibers of the two genotypes. Other roles would be also assumed by these proteins. Ckm is an enzyme found in sarcolemma and in SR of muscle cells, where it is functionally involved in the calcium transport and ATPase activity [32]. Ckm can also act as an antioxidant by scavenging free radicals [33]. Antioxidants can minimize meat discoloration by decreasing lipid oxidation, thereby limiting metmyoglobin formation [34]. The higher expression of Ckm observed in wild-type mouse could possibly be associated with higher demand for energy during hypoxia, but it is not the case for HspB1-null mouse, where numerous enzymes of energy metabolism are highly abundant. Moreover, the increase in Mdh1 in HspB1-null mouse may therefore indicate a corresponding increase in oxidative phosphorylation capacity [30].
Moreover, a down-regulation of one protein spot (Spot 2362) identified as mitochondrial Hsp70 (mtHsp70; also known as GRP75 or HspA9) was found in the HspB-null mouse. This lower abundance in HspA9 in the HspB1-null mouse may be linked to better mitochondrial functioning with less reactive oxygen species production. This suggests that the mitochondria (perhaps more intact and efficient) are attempting to maintain function despite the eventual decrease of pyruvate flux into the TCA cycle. HspA9 is the only chaperone described to be regulated by glucose privation, Ca2+ homeostasis and perturbation of glycolysis [35]. This is consistent with the modifications of the abundance of this enzyme and with the correlations observed in the present study. It plays a key role in the folding of matrix-localized mitochondrial proteins and in the transport of proteins into the mitochondrion [36]. In cattle meat, HspA9 was related to pH3h postmortem, ultimate pH (pHu), and L* and b* color coordinates [37]. It plays a role in Ca2+ trafficking from the SR to the sarcoplasm, which may also explain relationship between HspA9 and the enzymes of the glycolytic pathway described by Gagaoua et al. [16] in cattle. These authors described correlations of this enzyme with proteins of glycolysis such as Mdh1 and Ldh-B, with structural proteins, proteolytic enzymes and anti-oxidant enzymes such as Park7, which was also modified in the HspB1-null mouse (Table 4).

4.3. Changes in the Abundance of Proteins Involved in Other Functions

The bioinformatic network revealed three proteins outside our dataset (Ywhae, Kcnma1, and Hsd3b4) which were highly connected to nine proteins of our dataset mainly protein of energy metabolism.
Among these three proteins, Kcnma1 proteins (Potassium Channel, Calcium Activated Large Conductance Subfamily M Alpha, Member 1), also called MaxiK channels, are composed of two subunits. The physical association between these two units is regulated by intracellular calcium and the activity is activated by both membrane depolarization, cytosolic Mg2 + b or an increase in cytosolic Ca2+. GO annotations related to this gene include actin binding and calcium-activated potassium channel activity. These channels selectively transport K+ ions across biological membranes and play a key role in controlling the membrane potential in a number of systems [38]. Mice with an invalidation of the Kcnma1 gene are characterized by cerebellar ataxia in the form of an abnormal conditioned eye-blink reflex, abnormal locomotion and a pronounced deficiency in motor coordination [39]. The interaction of this protein with a large number of proteins of our dataset seems to be logical, as we have seen above that the invalidation of HspB1 had consequences for the abundances of several proteins involved in calcium metabolism.
Ywhae gene encodes tyrosine 3-monooxygenase/tryptophan 5-monooxygenase activation protein, 14-3-3 epsilon. The 14-3-3 proteins (phospho-serine/-threonine binding proteins) belong to a large, highly conserved family functioning as a dimer in diverse biological processes such as signal transduction, metabolism, protein trafficking, signal transduction, apoptosis, cell cycle regulation and potassium channel regulation [40]. The 14-3-3 proteins bind to a lot of target proteins, as observed in our bioinformatic network. A phosphoproteome study showed that 14-3-3 proteins could regulate glucose homeostasis in response to insulin or to energetic stress [41]. They are also known to sequester phosphorylated Bad in the cytoplasm in healthy cells and inhibit apoptosis. The 14-3-3 epsilon protein may also play a role in regulating microfilament stability during heat stress by maintaining their phosphorylation states [42,43]. This protein was also reported to interact with heat shock proteins [42,44,45,46].
Hsd3b4 (3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 4) belongs to the 3-β-HSD family. It plays a crucial role in the biosynthesis of all classes of hormonal steroids and catalyzes the conversion of dihydrotestosterone to 5alpha-androstanediol in the presence of the cofactor NADPH. In cattle, Guillemin et al. [47] observed a higher abundance of HspB1 in steers (castrated animals) comparatively to young bulls (non-castrated animals). According to this data, we could hypothesize that the androgen pathway could be modified in HspB1-null mice and that the androgen receptor (Ar) could be a target of HspB1 invalidation. In accordance with this hypothesis, Zoubeidi et al. [48] showed that HspB1 in vitro knock-down induced Ar degradation via the proteasome-mediated pathway. In their study, HspB1 knock-down inhibited the androgen-stimulated nuclear translocation of the Ar with subsequent suppression of the Ar-regulated gene expression. A recent report also indicates that Hsp27 is a mediator in the repression of Ar function [49]. In cattle, Guillemin et al. [47] also showed lower abundance of HspA8, HspA9, and Park7 in steers compared to young bulls. In accordance with the hypothesis of the modification of the androgen pathway in HspB1-null mice, we observed lower abundance of HspA8 and Park7 (Table 4), and of HspA8 in HspB1-null mice, confirming the hypothesis of relationships between these proteins. Altogether, these data suggest that Hsp27/Ar interactions could contribute to modulate the abundance of these proteins as indicated in the present study.
Altogether, our results show that the invalidation of the HspB1 gene has direct or indirect consequences mainly on cellular homeostasis of calcium, energetic metabolism and apoptosis. These biological functions are also those that have an important role in beef sensory qualities such as tenderness.

4.4. Implications for Meat Quality

The results of the present study suggest relationships between Hsp27 and ATP production and, hence, the energy supply of contracting muscle regulated by the Ca2+-dependent enhancement of glycolytic enzyme activity and mitochondrial respiration. A relation between Hsp27 abundance and glycolytic activity has been previously described. For example, Liu et al. [50], in the skeletal muscle of Korean chickens, described an increase of glycolytic metabolism associated with the up-regulation of Hsp27. By proteomic analysis, these authors found also modifications of Srl abundance associated with modifications of Hsp27, and of enzymes of glycolytic metabolism, as in the present study. As a consequence, the difference in glycolytic metabolism can cause a differential rate of pH drop (due to the accumulation of lactate), which may affect directly protein degradation and meat quality traits (e.g., tenderness and water-holding capacity).
In cattle, we observed an inverse relationship between small Hsp, in particular Hsp27, and tenderness according to the type of muscle. In fast glycolytic muscle like the Tibialis anterior, Hsp27 was negatively correlated with tenderness, while fast or glycolytic proteins such as MyHC IIx and Ldh were positively correlated with tenderness. In a slow oxidative muscle these relationships are reversed [51]. This illustrates an opposite relationship between Hsp27 and proteins representative of fast glycolytic type in agreement with the present results showing higher abundance of some fast glycolytic proteins in the HspB1-null mice. In the present study, we failed to find differences in the abundances of small Hsps, namely, Hsp20 and αB-crystallin, described in the m. Soleus of the HspB1-null mouse [6]. This suggests a muscle-specific effect of the invalidation of HspB1. Consistently, an inverse postmortem evolution of Hsp27 according to muscle type has been described [52].
The modifications in Ca2+ homeostasis and of energy metabolism observed consequently to the invalidation of HspB1 gene could be linked to postmortem modifications of muscle with crucial role on the establishment of meat quality. The postmortem degradation of ATP, and the increase of the activity of glycolytic enzymes are associated with pH drop [53]. These events are controlled by muscle Ca2+ homeostasis. Therefore, it is well documented that proteins involved in Ca2+ regulation are important for meat quality [54]. Aberrant calcium regulation in early postmortem period was reported to be associated with inferior meat quality [55]. For example, birds with PSE meat failed to respond to heat stress because of a delay in the up-regulation of the Ca2+-regulating genes Ryr and Casq1. It is also known that fast glycolysis and a rapid buildup of lactate in early-stage postmortem muscle may be a direct cause of the PSE defect [56]. Thus, insight into the metabolism pathways will help us to understand and prevent the occurrence of PSE meat. Otherwise, the presence of elevated sarcoplasmic Ca2+ concentrations soon after animal bleeding in PSE meat has been well documented [57]. The components of calcium channels located in the membrane of SR have been demonstrated to be correlated with the variation of calcium concentration in sarcoplasm of many tissues, including skeletal muscle [17]. For example the expression variance of SERCA can induce skeletal muscle Ca2+ disorders and PSE meat appearance [58]. Further, functional and morphological disorders of mitochondria were found in PSE meat [59], which were considered to induce or represent the appearance of apoptosis in skeletal muscle [60]. Another interesting link between apoptosis and muscle-to-meat conversion relies to the Ca2+ content of muscle cells. Earlier studies reported the acceleration of the tenderization process in meat administered with exogenous Ca2+ [60]. The protein 14.3.3 epsilon, for which a role in meat tenderness has never been described in the literature, was found with a higher abundance in group of Longissimus thoracis muscles of high tenderness in the French Blonde d’Aquitaine beef breed [61]. Consequently, a role in tenderness could be explained by its implication in the protection of cells from apoptosis.
On the other hand, in meat, it is well documented that skeletal muscle alterations induced by modification of Ca2+ flux in SR during ageing result in protein proteolysis involving ultra-structural modifications. α-actin is one of the myofibrillar proteins the most concerned by this proteolysis. As Hsp27 is known to protect α-actin, lower α-actin abundance in the muscle of HspB1-null animals could be expected. This was confirmed by Western blotting analysis in the present study.
Moreover, Pfk, whose activity was profoundly decreased in the HspB1-null mutants, plays a role in coupling glycolysis to many metabolic pathways, and would affect the technological traits of meat. For example, Krischek et al. [62] reported that Pfk activity was greater in pork with a faster pH drop.

5. Conclusions

In conclusion, proteomics allowed us to reveal proteins in relation to Hsp27 in the Tibialis anterior muscle of the mouse. The present data are complementary to those obtained in a previous analysis focused on the direct interactors of Hsp27 [6], in which we reported muscle-specific differences in the HspB1-null mouse. In the present study, the proteins altered after HspB1 invalidation belonged mainly to calcium homeostasis, energy metabolism and apoptosis pathway. These functions are important for the conversion of muscle into meat. These data allow us to hypothesize a crucial role for the Hsp27 targets in meat tenderization. The associated pathways could account for the determinism of tenderness in glycolytic muscle. This will be further investigated in bovine muscles.


The authors thank Geneviève Gentes and Nicole Dunoyer for excellent technical assistance, and Vincent Largeau and the staff of the technical platform of animal experimentation of UMR 1019 Human Nutrition (Theix, France).

Author Contributions

B.P. and I.C.-M. conceived and designed the experiments; M.K., C.B. and C.C. performed the experiments; B.M. and M.G. analyzed the data; C.B. contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools; M.K., I.C.M., M.G. and B.P. wrote the paper. All co-authors read and contributed to the editing of the manuscript.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Appendix A

Figure A1. Protein spots significantly differentially abundant between HspB1-null mice (in white) and wild-type controls (in grey). Significance: *: p < 0.05; **: p < 0.01; ***: p < 0.001. Intensity of 2-DE spots is expressed in arbitrary units. (AE) indicate the biological functions in which the proteins are involved.
Figure A1. Protein spots significantly differentially abundant between HspB1-null mice (in white) and wild-type controls (in grey). Significance: *: p < 0.05; **: p < 0.01; ***: p < 0.001. Intensity of 2-DE spots is expressed in arbitrary units. (AE) indicate the biological functions in which the proteins are involved.
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Figure 1. Representative 2-Dimensional gel electrophoresis (DE) map of proteins extracted from Tibialis anterior muscle. 2-DE was performed using a 5–8 pH gradient in the first dimension and SDS-PAGE (T = 11%, C = 2.6%) in the second; 700 μg of protein were loaded. Two-DE gels were stained with G250 Colloidal Coomassie Blue. Proteins more abundant in HspB1 -null mice are presented in red and those less abundant are presented in green. The protein names are presented in Table 2. Mw: Molecular Weight; kDa: kilodalton.
Figure 1. Representative 2-Dimensional gel electrophoresis (DE) map of proteins extracted from Tibialis anterior muscle. 2-DE was performed using a 5–8 pH gradient in the first dimension and SDS-PAGE (T = 11%, C = 2.6%) in the second; 700 μg of protein were loaded. Two-DE gels were stained with G250 Colloidal Coomassie Blue. Proteins more abundant in HspB1 -null mice are presented in red and those less abundant are presented in green. The protein names are presented in Table 2. Mw: Molecular Weight; kDa: kilodalton.
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Figure 2. Principal component analysis (PCA) of the differential proteins according to the studied group (HspB-null mice vs. wild-type controls). The protein names are given on the right of the PCA and more details are presented in Table 2. Proteins more abundant in HspB1-null mice are presented in red and those less abundant are presented in green.
Figure 2. Principal component analysis (PCA) of the differential proteins according to the studied group (HspB-null mice vs. wild-type controls). The protein names are given on the right of the PCA and more details are presented in Table 2. Proteins more abundant in HspB1-null mice are presented in red and those less abundant are presented in green.
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Figure 3. Correlation network within the two groups between the identified protein spot abundances. The Pearson’s correlation coefficients (p < 0.05) between the 22 differentially abundant proteins on Z-scores were computed using the Proc CORR of SAS. The solid and dash lines represent the positive and negative correlations, respectively. The circle nodes represent the 18 proteins more abundant in HspB1-null mice, and the lozenge nodes the four less abundant proteins. The colors of the nodes are as follow: Yellow for calcium homeostasis; green for structural proteins; blue for heat shock proteins; pink for metabolism proteins; and green watercolor for transport proteins. (For interpretation of the references to color in this figure legend, the reader is referred to the web version of this article).
Figure 3. Correlation network within the two groups between the identified protein spot abundances. The Pearson’s correlation coefficients (p < 0.05) between the 22 differentially abundant proteins on Z-scores were computed using the Proc CORR of SAS. The solid and dash lines represent the positive and negative correlations, respectively. The circle nodes represent the 18 proteins more abundant in HspB1-null mice, and the lozenge nodes the four less abundant proteins. The colors of the nodes are as follow: Yellow for calcium homeostasis; green for structural proteins; blue for heat shock proteins; pink for metabolism proteins; and green watercolor for transport proteins. (For interpretation of the references to color in this figure legend, the reader is referred to the web version of this article).
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Figure 4. The Gene Ontology of the 16 proteins differential proteins following HspB1 invalidation. The percentage of annotation frequency by Gene ontology (GO) on the Biological Process ontology group has been retrieved by ProteINSIDE (
Figure 4. The Gene Ontology of the 16 proteins differential proteins following HspB1 invalidation. The percentage of annotation frequency by Gene ontology (GO) on the Biological Process ontology group has been retrieved by ProteINSIDE (
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Figure 5. Protein-Protein interaction (PPI) outside the dataset (after enrichment by mouse proteins). Left panel: Cytoscape view of the 603 interactions detected by 415 proteins (14 from the dataset). Right panel: Network after using the filter closeness centrality (min 0.1–max 0.51) and betweeness centrality (min 2500–max 3000). The protein names are presented in Table 2.
Figure 5. Protein-Protein interaction (PPI) outside the dataset (after enrichment by mouse proteins). Left panel: Cytoscape view of the 603 interactions detected by 415 proteins (14 from the dataset). Right panel: Network after using the filter closeness centrality (min 0.1–max 0.51) and betweeness centrality (min 2500–max 3000). The protein names are presented in Table 2.
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Figure 6. Enzymatic activity of Isocitrate dehydrogenase (Icdh, oxidative), Lactate dehydrogenase (Ldh, glycolytic) and Phosphofructokinase (Pfk, glycolytic) is measured in (A) μmol/min/g wet muscle tissue and (B) μmol/min/g protein. Histograms are in HspB1-null mice in white and in wild-type controls in grey. * p < 0.05; *** p < 0.001; ns: not significant.
Figure 6. Enzymatic activity of Isocitrate dehydrogenase (Icdh, oxidative), Lactate dehydrogenase (Ldh, glycolytic) and Phosphofructokinase (Pfk, glycolytic) is measured in (A) μmol/min/g wet muscle tissue and (B) μmol/min/g protein. Histograms are in HspB1-null mice in white and in wild-type controls in grey. * p < 0.05; *** p < 0.001; ns: not significant.
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Table 1. Suppliers and conditions for each antibody used in this study.
Table 1. Suppliers and conditions for each antibody used in this study.
ProteinProtein NamePrimary Antibody TypeReferencesDilution
PygmGlycogen phosphorylasePolyclonalSanta Cruz: SC-463471/1000
Casq1Calsequestrin-1MonoclonalSanta Cruz: SC-1370801/1000
SrlSarcalumeninMonoclonalSanta Cruz: SC-588451/1000
HspA9Stress-70 protein, mitochondrialMonoclonalR & D Systems: MAB35841/200
Mdh1Malate dehydrogenaseMonoclonalRockland 100-601-1451/1000
AlbAlbuminPolyclonalPolycsiences: 23715-51/100
Park7Parkinson disease protein 7 homologPolyclonalSanta Cruz: SC-328741/250
HspA8Heat shock cognate 71 kDa (kilodalton) proteinMonoclonalSanta Cruz: SC-595721/250
Table 2. List of identified proteins differentially abundant in the m. Tibialis anterior between HspB1-null mice and their control littermates.
Table 2. List of identified proteins differentially abundant in the m. Tibialis anterior between HspB1-null mice and their control littermates.
Spot_IDUniprotKB IDProteinProtein NameScoreΣCoverageMr [kDa]Calculated. pIAnova (p)FoldEffect
Structural proteins
1414A2A6I8Tnnt3Troponin T fast4530.7343.5128.39.360.00001.30KO > WT
1438A2A6I8Tnnt3Troponin T fast1575.3641.8428.39.360.05711.49KO > WT
1259P42208Sept2Septin-21415.1348.2041.56.550.00061.46KO > WT
Transport proteins
2338P07724AlbSerum albumin7254.7672.5368.66.070.00111.35KO > WT
1761Q00623ApoA1Apolipoprotein A11249.4146.5930.65.730.00011.26KO > WT
1016Q1XH17Trim72Tripartite motif-containing protein 72760.4537.4632.25.740.00061.41KO > WT
1511Q9DB05Napaα-soluble NSF attachment protein2396.0881.0233.25.450.02211.27KO > WT
Heat shock proteins
2362P38647HspA9Stress-70 protein, mitochondrial1005.6935.7973.46.070.02531.11WT > KO
1786Q9R0Y5Ak1Adenylate kinase isoenzyme 12595.4862.3721.55.810.06751.24WT > KO
1273P07310CkmCreatine kinase M4104.4853.0243.07.060.00611.42WT > KO
1723P17751Tpi1Triosephosphate isomerase 11694.7551.5132.25.740.00401.35WT > KO
2422P14152Mdh1Malate dehydrogenase2973.6248.5036.56.580.00271.26KO > WT
462Q9WUB3PygmGlycogen phosphorylase5946.1055.7097.27.110.00082.12KO > WT
2374Q9D051PdhbPyruvate dehydrogenase E1 component subunit β4353.8955.7138.96.870.00001.18KO > WT
1382Q9DCZ1GmprGuanosine 5′-monophosphate oxidoreductase 11127.1159.7137.57.090.00041.41KO > WT
Calcium homeostasis
902O09165Casq1Calsequestrin-11176.4126.1746.34.120.0271.50KO > WT
1070Q7TQ48SrlIsoform 2 of Sarcalumenin1260.2555.3054.36.640.00171.26KO > WT
1071Q7TQ48SrlIsoform 2 of Sarcalumenin4730.7565.4754.36.640.00511.55KO > WT
1074Q7TQ48SrlIsoform 2 of Sarcalumenin1576.4357.2054.36.640.00331.42KO > WT
1075Q7TQ48SrlIsoform 2 of Sarcalumenin4266.6958.2654.36.640.00261.43KO > WT
1082Q7TQ48SrlIsoform 2 of Sarcalumenin886.8751.9154.36.640.00521.32KO > WT
2361Q7TQ48SrlIsoform 2 of Sarcalumenin4731.1460.1754.36.640.00281.46KO > WT
KO: HspB1-null mice; WT: wild-type mice (controls).
Table 3. Prediction of secreted proteins in the protein dataset as computed by ProteINSIDE.
Table 3. Prediction of secreted proteins in the protein dataset as computed by ProteINSIDE.
UniprotKB IDGene NamePeptideSignalP ScoreGO Related to SecretionNumber of GOTargetPTargetP Score
Q00623ApoA1noTM0.899GO:0072562 GO:0034361 GO:0034366 GO:0034364 GO:1903561 GO:0070062 GO:00426277Signal peptide1
P07724AlbnoTM0.852GO:0005783 GO:0072562 GO:0070062 GO:00057944Signal peptide3
Q7TQ48SrlnoTM0.897 0Signal peptide1
O09165Casq1noTM0.744 0Signal peptide3
Q9DB05Napa--GO:00700621Other secretory pathway2
P17751Tpi1--GO:00700621Other secretory pathway1
P42208Sept2--GO:00700621Other secretory pathway2
Q9R0Y5Ak1--GO:00700621Other secretory pathway2
Table 4. Abundance of selected proteins in the m. Tibialis anterior of HspB1-null mice vs. control mice.
Table 4. Abundance of selected proteins in the m. Tibialis anterior of HspB1-null mice vs. control mice.
The abundances of the six proteins were measured by Western blotting. The protein names are presented in Table 2. Protein abundance for each sample is given in arbitrary units. The absence of Hsp27 was checked in HspB1 null-mice vs. wild-type (WT) animals in a previous study [6]. t: tendency p < 0.1; *: p < 0.05; **: p < 0.01, ns: not significant; HspB1-null mice (n = 5); WT mice (n = 5); SEM: standard error of mean.
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