Menzel J, Kownatzki-Danger D, Tokar S, Ballone A, Unthan-Fechner K, Kilisch M, Lenz C, Urlaub H, Mori M, Ottmann C, Shattock MJ, Lehnart SE, Schwappach B
Sci Signal. 2020 Sep 1;13(647):eaaz1436.
The cardiac membrane protein phospholamban (PLN) is targeted by protein kinase A (PKA) at Ser16 and by Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) at Thr17. β-Adrenergic stimulation and PKA-dependent phosphorylation of Ser16 acutely stimulate the sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium pump (SERCA) by relieving its inhibition by PLN. CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation may lead to longer-lasting SERCA stimulation and may sustain maladaptive Ca2+ handling. Here, we demonstrated that phosphorylation at either Ser16 or Thr17 converted PLN into a target for the phosphoadaptor protein 14-3-3 with different affinities. 14-3-3 proteins were localized within nanometers of PLN and endogenous 14-3-3 coimmunoprecipitated with pentameric PLN from cardiac membranes. Molecular dynamics simulations predicted different molecular contacts for peptides phosphorylated at Ser16 or Thr17 with the binding groove of 14-3-3, resulting in varied binding affinities. 14-3-3 binding protected either PLN phosphosite from dephosphorylation. β-Adrenergic stimulation of isolated adult cardiomyocytes resulted in the membrane recruitment of endogenous 14-3-3. The exogenous addition of 14-3-3 to β-adrenergic–stimulated cardiomyocytes led to prolonged SERCA activation, presumably because 14-3-3 protected PLN pentamers from dephosphorylation. Phosphorylation of Ser16 was disrupted by the cardiomyopathy-associated ∆Arg14 mutation, implying that phosphorylation of Thr17 by CaMKII may become crucial for 14-3-3 recruitment to ∆Arg14 PLN. Consistent with PLN acting as a dynamic hub in the control of Ca2+ handling, our results identify 14-3-3 binding to PLN as a contractility-augmenting mechanism.