Emerin and the nuclear lamina in muscle and cardiac disease

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The human genome is contained within the nucleus and is separated from the cytoplasm by the nuclear envelope. Mutations in the nuclear envelope proteins emerin and lamin A cause a number of diseases including premature aging syndromes, muscular dystrophy, and cardiomyopathy. Emerin and lamin A are implicated in regulating muscle- and heart-specific gene expression and nuclear architecture. For example, lamin A regulates the expression and localization of gap junction and intercalated disc components. Additionally, emerin and lamin A are also required to maintain nuclear envelope integrity. Demonstrating the importance of maintaining nuclear integrity in heart disease, atrioventricular node cells lacking lamin A exhibit increased nuclear deformation and apoptosis. This review highlights the present understanding of lamin A and emerin function in regulating nuclear architecture, gene expression, and cell signaling and discusses putative mechanisms for how specific mutations in lamin A and emerin cause cardiac-or muscle-specific disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalCirculation Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 3 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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