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Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology

305-243-2908 (office)

305-243-4555 (fax)

Rosenstiel Medical Sciences Building 6113

Curriculum Vitae
2012 – pres Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology (with tenure) University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
2011 – pres Director, Training Program in Cardiovascular Signaling
2006 – 2012 Associate Professor
2003 – 2006 Research Associate Professor
1997 – 2003 Research Assistant Professor

Honors and Awards
2010 – Award of Tenure
2010 – Appreciation of Services Award, Center for Scientific Review National Institutes of Health
2005 – Robert J. Boucek, MD Research Award FL/Puerto Rico Affiliate
2004 – Certificate of Appreciation, American Heart Association
2004 – The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Travel Award
1989 – Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award Polish Academy of Sciences

Study Sections
2012 – pres NIH/NIAMS Skeletal Muscle and Exercise Physiology Study Section (SMEP), member
2005 – 2010 NIH/NHLBI Cardiac Contractility Hypertrophy and Failure (CCHF), member
2006    NSF, ad hoc reviewer
2004 – 2005 AHA Southern/Ohio Valley, panel reviewer

Mailing Address:
Univ. of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1600 NW 10th Ave., R-189, 6113 RMSB
Miami, FL  33136


Pictured from left-to-right: Stephen Ryan - UM Intern, Wenrui Huang - 6th year PhD Student (Graduated in January 2015), Chen-Ching (Vicky) Yuan – 3rd Year PhD Student, Hanyao (Brandon) Foong – 2nd Year MD Student, Danuta Szczesna-Cordary, PhD - PI, Ana I. Rojas, BS - Research Associate II, Zhiqun (Cindy) Zhou, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Katarzyna Kazmierczak, PhD - Assistant Scientist, and Jingsheng Liang, MD - Associate Scientist

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Research Interests
NIH Funded Research: 1R01HL108343-01, 5R01HL071778-07 and 5R01HL090786-02
The major area of research in my laboratory is related to the Ca2+ regulation of striated (skeletal and cardiac) muscle contraction. In particular, we focus on the role of the myosin regulatory (RLC) and essential (ELC) light chains in force generation and the kinetics of myosin cross-bridges.

Figure 1. The myosin head (S1) derived from the atomic structure by Rayment et al., 1993 . The heavy chain is shown in green, red, and blue to highlight functional domains. The essential light chain and regulatory light chain function to support the myosin neck region and are colored in yellow ( ELC) and magenta ( RLC).

There are three major and functionally different domains in the myosin molecule: a motor domain, a lever arm domain - both located in the myosin head (S1) (Fig. 1), and a tail region (Rayment et al., 1993; Saraswat and Lowey, 1998; Waller et al., 1995; Xie et al., 1994) . The myosin motor domain contains a catalytic site, also called an ATP binding pocket, and an actin binding domain. A small converter domain links the myosin motor domain to the lever arm region (Fig. 1). The lever arm domain of muscle myosin is composed of a long helix containing two IQ motifs (IQxxxRGxxxR) that form the attachment sites for the ELC and the RLC (Dominguez et al., 1998; Houdusse et al., 1999; Rayment et al., 1993; Saraswat and Lowey, 1998; Xie et al., 1994) (Fig. 1). The physiological importance of these two myosin light chains has been recently highlighted by the discovery of genetic mutations shown to cause Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (FHC) (Fig. 2).
Figure 2. The regulatory domain of scallop myosin
(1WDC) by Houdusse and Cohen, 1996 .
The heavy chain (MHC) is shown in blue, the essential 
light chain (ELC) in yellow and the regulatory light chain
(RLC) in red. The FHC mutations in ELC and RLC are
indicated with arrows.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of mortality worldwide with heart failure being highly prevalent in most affluent parts of the world. There is an urgent need for a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying FHC that often leads to premature sudden cardiac death (SCD) . Our research addresses the mechanisms by which mutations in myosin regulatory light chain and essential light chain cause FHC and lead to SCD (Fig. 2).

Project 1

Over the past 8 years our laboratory has been studying the functional consequences of several FHC RLC mutations (E22K, N47K and R58Q) expressed in transgenic mice (Fig. 3). Our recent results revealed new possible mechanisms by which the FHC-mutated RLC proteins may affect the contractile function of the mutated myocardium. One of the mechanisms is based on the hypothesis that in healthy muscle, the RLC functions as a temporary intracellular Ca2+-buffer working in parallel with the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ pump in sequestering Ca2+, thereby promoting muscle relaxation. We hypothesize that by changing the properties of the RLC Ca2+-Mg2+ binding site (Fig. 3), the FHC mutations can facilitate or inhibit this intracellular RLC function and result in increased or decreased kinetics of muscle relaxation. Another hypothesis pertains to the mutation controlled metal occupancy of the Ca2+-Mg2+ binding site of RLC and the mechanism by which Ca2+ or Mg2+ binding to RLC may influence the interaction of myosin with actin and tension generation.

During muscle contraction, the increase in Ca2+ concentration activates the Ca2+-calmodulin dependent myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) and leads to phosphorylation of the RLC (at serine 15). Our solution studies showed a link between the effect of the specific FHC mutation and RLC phosphorylation and implicated both events, the Ca2+ binding to the RLC and its MLCK-phosphorylation play a key role in the regulation of cardiac muscle contraction. Both of these processes, most likely, operate as adaptive and/or protective mechanisms to either attenuate the effect of the FHC mutations and/or improve performance of the working muscle. Based on our findings and those of others, we further hypothesize that an FHC induced pathological cardiac phenotype can be rescued by Ca2+-calmodulin activated MLCK phosphorylation of the RLC-mutated myocardium.­ The specific questions that we ask are:
Figure 3. The regulatory light chain of myosin derived from the atomic
structure of S1 (2MYS) by Rayment et al., 1993 . The Ca2+-binding loop is
shown in green. The sites of FHC mutations are pointed with arrows.
  • Do FHC induced changes in the properties of the RLC Ca2+-Mg2+ binding site inhibit or facilitate the function of RLC as a temporary intracellular calcium buffer? Do FHC mutations shift the metal occupancy of the RLC Ca2+-Mg2+ binding site during muscle contraction?
  • Is RLC phosphorylation by Ca2+-calmodulin ( CaM) activated myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) affected by FHC-linked RLC mutations? Can MLCK phosphorylation rescue a mutation induced pathological cardiac phenotype?
  • Do FHC-associated mutations in RLC alter intermolecular interactions between RLC and myosin heavy chain (HC) and ultimately myosin and actin? Do these changes lead to myofilament disarray, cardiac hypertrophy and dysfunction of the mutated myocardium?

This area of our research is funded by 5R01HL071778-07 and 5R01HL090786-02.

Project 2

This project focuses on two areas of research:

  • The importance of the direct N-terminal interaction of the ventricular myosin ELC with actin during cardiac muscle contraction.
  • The mechanisms by which FHC mutations in ELC alter the physiological properties of cardiac muscle.
Transgenic mice have been generated expressing various levels of a truncated ventricular ELC, lacking 43 amino acids from its N-terminus (ELC-D 43), to mimic the distribution of the ELC observed in fast skeletal muscle. As a result, the mouse cardiac muscle contains varying ratios of the long (endogenous) to short (transgenic) ELC forms. Our hypothesis is that increasing ratios of short transgenic ELC- D 43 to long endogenous ELC will result in a progressively weakened binding of myosin to actin, decreased force development and ultimately in compromised cardiac muscle performance. We are testing this hypothesis by measuring the actin-myosin interaction and force development at the single molecule level and in skinned and intact muscle fibers from transgenic ELC- D 43 mice.
In addition, we are studying the mechanisms by which FHC mutations in ELC alter the physiological properties of cardiac muscle. To date five mutations in the MYL3 gene that encodes the human ventricular ELC have been associated with FHC (E56G, A57G, E143K, M149V, R154H). Various mutation-specific phenotypes in humans including multiple cases of SCD at a young age have been observed. Transgenic mice expressing these FHC ELC mutations have been generated and the physiological consequences studied in skinned and intact muscle fibers in vitro and in vivo by echocardiography, MRI and hemodynamic methods. Our hypothesis is that FHC ELC mutations will affect the mechanical and enzymatic properties of myosin by altering the interaction of the ELC with the heavy chain of myosin and/or the interaction of the N-terminus of ELC with actin and consequently lead to a compromised interaction of myosin with actin in the mutated myocardium. The most profound changes are expected with those FHC mutations that result in poor prognosis and SCD in humans.
Co-Investigators at UM
Dr. W. Glenn L. Kerrick (webpage)
Dr. Yingcai Wang (webpage)


Dr. Julian Borejdo, Univ. of North Texas
Our collaborative research is funded by NIH/NHLBI R01-090786

Dr. Greg Sawicki, Univ. of Saskatchewan


Recent Publications

Constitutive Phosphorylation of Cardiac Myosin Regulatory Light Chain Prevents Development of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Mice. Yuan CC, Muthu P, Kazmierczak K, Liang J, Huang W, Irving TC; Kanashiro-Takeuchi RM, Hare JM, and Szczesna-Cordary D. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jun 29. pii:201505819. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26124132

Karabina A, Kazmierczak K, Szczesna-Cordary D, Moore JR. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2015 Jun 25. pii: S0003-9861(15)00278-7. doi: 10.1016/ [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26116789

Novel familial dilated cardiomyopathy mutation in MYL2 affects the structure and function of myosin regulatory light chain. Huang W, Liang J, Yuan CC, Kazmierczak K, Zhou Z, Morales A, McBride KL, Fitzgerald-Butt SM, Hershberger RE, Szczesna-Cordary D. FEBS J. 2015 Mar 30. doi: 10.1111/febs.13286. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25825243

The R21C Mutation in Cardiac Troponin I Imposes Differences in Contractile Force Generation between the Left and Right Ventricles of Knock-In Mice. Liang J, Kazmierczak K, Rojas AI, Wang Y, Szczesna-Cordary D. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:742536. doi: 10.1155/2015/742536. Epub 2015 Apr 16. PMID: 25961037 Free PMC Article

Molecular mechanism of muscle contraction: new perspectives and ideas. Matusovsky OS, Mayans O, Szczesna-Cordary D. Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:694345. doi: 10.1155/2015/694345. Epub 2015 Apr 19. No abstract available.
PMID: 25961034

Effect of a Myosin Regulatory Light Chain mutation K104E on Actin-Myosin Interactions. Duggal D, Nagwekar J, Rich R, Huang W, Midde K, Fudala R, Gryczynski I, Szczesna-Cordary D, Borejdo J. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2015 Mar 13:ajpheart.00834.2014. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00834.2014. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 257702452

Impact of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-linked mutations in the NH2 terminus of the RLC on β-myosin cross-bridge mechanics. Farman GP, Muthu P, Kazmierczak K, Szczesna-Cordary D, Moore JR. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Dec 15;117(12):1471-7. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00798.2014. Epub 2014 Oct 16. PMID: 25324513

Huang. W., Liang, J., Kazmierczak, K., Muthu, P., Duggal, D., Farman, G.P., Sorensen, L., Pozios, I., Abraham, T., Moore, J.R., Borejdo, J., and Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2014) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Associated Lys104Glu Mutation in the Myosin Regulatory Light Chain Causes Diastolic Disturbance in Mice. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 74:318-329. PMID: 24992035

Kazmierczak, K., Yuan, C-C., Liang, J., Huang, W., Rojas, A.I. and Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2014) Remodeling of the heart in hypertrophy in animal models with myosin essential light chain mutations. Front. Physiol. 22 September 2014 doi: 10.3389/fphys.2014.00353

Muthu P, Liang J, Schmidt W, Moore JR, Szczesna-Cordary D. (2013) In Vitro Rescue Study of a Malignant Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Phenotype by Pseudo-Phosphorylation of Myosin Regulatory Light Chain. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2013 Dec 26. pii: S0003-9861(13)00385-8. doi: 10.1016/ [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24374283 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations

Kazmierczak, K., Paulino, E., Huang, W., Muthu, P., Liang, J., Yuan, C.C., Rojas, A.I., Hare, J.M., and Szczesna-Cordary D. (2013) Discrete Effects of A57G-Myosin Essential Light Chain Mutation Associated with Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Am. J. Physiol. Heart and Circ. Physiol. 2013 Jun 7. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23748425

Wang, L., Muthu, P., Szczesna-Cordary D., Kawai, M. (2013) Diversity and Similarity of Motor Function and Cross-Bridge Kinetics in Papillary Muscles of Transgenic Mice Carrying Myosin Regulatory Light Chain Mutations D166Vand R58Q. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 62: 153-163 PMID: 23727233

Wang, L., Muthu, P., Szczesna-Cordary D., Kawai, M. (2013) Characterizations of myosin essential light chain’s N-terminal truncation mutant Δ43 in transgenic mouse papillary muscles by using tension transients in response to sinusoidal length alterations. In press in Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility 34 (2): 93-105. PMID: 23397074. PMC3656599

Michael, J.J., Gollapudi, S.K., Ford, S.J., Kazmierczak, K., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Chandra M. (2012) Deletion of 1-43 amino acids in cardiac myosin essential light chain blunts length dependency of Ca2+ sensitivity and crossbridge detachment kinetics. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 304: H253-259. PMCID: PMC3543674

Cadete, V.J. Sawicka, J., Jaswal, J., Lopaschuk, G.D., Schulz, R., Szczesna-Cordary, D., and Sawicki, G. (2012) Ischemia/reperfusion-induced myosin light chain 1 phosphorylation increases its degradation by matrix metalloproteinase-2. FEBS J 279 (13): 2444-54. PMCID: PMC3377847

Borejdo, J. Szczesna-Cordary, D., Muthu, P. Metticolla, P., Luchowski, R., Gryczynski, Z. and Gryczynski, I. (2012) Single molecule detection approach to muscle study: kinetics of a single cross-bridge during contraction of muscle. Methods Mol Biol 875: 311-34.

Szczesna-Cordary D., Morimoto, S., Gomes, A.V., Moore, J.R. (2012) Cardiomyopathies: Classification, Clinical Characterization, and Functional Phenotypes. Biochemistry Research International 2012: 870942. PMCID: PMC3529434

Muthu P, Kazmierczak K, Jones M, Szczesna-Cordary D. The effect of myosin RLC phosphorylation in normal and cardiomyopathic mouse hearts. J Cell Mol Med. 2012; 16 (4): 911-919 PMID:21696541

Kazmierczak K, Muthu P, Huang W, Jones M, Wang Y, Szczesna-Cordary D. Myosin Regulatory Light Chain Mutation Found In Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients Increases Isometric Force Production in Transgenic Mice. Biochem J. 2012; 442: 95-103 PMID: 22091967
Priya Muthu, Wenrui Huang, Katarzyna Kazmierczak and Danuta Szczesna-Cordary (2012). Functional Consequences of Mutations in the Myosin Regulatory Light Chain Associated with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Cardiomyopathies - From Basic Research to Clinical Management, Josef Veselka (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-834-2, InTech.
Muthu P, Wang L, Yuan CC, Kazmierczak K, Huang W, Hernandez OM, Kawai M, Irving TC, Szczesna-Cordary D. Structural and functional aspects of the myosin essential light chain in cardiac muscle contraction. FASEB J. 2011 Dec;25(12):4394-405. Epub 2011 Sep 1. PMID: 21885653
Mettikolla P, Calander N, Luchowski R, Gryczynski I, Gryczynski Z, Zhao J, Szczesna-Cordary D, Borejdo J. Cross-bridge kinetics in myofibrils containing familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy R58Q mutation in the regulatory light chain of myosin. J Theor Biol. 2011 Sep 7;284(1):71-81. Epub 2011 Jun 24. PMID: 21723297
Lu X, Kazmierczak K, Jiang X, Jones M, Watt J, Helfman DM, Moore JR, Szczesna-Cordary D, Lossos IS. Germinal center-specific protein human germinal center associated lymphoma directly interacts with both myosin and actin and increases the binding of myosin to actin. FEBS J. 2011 Jun;278(11):1922-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2011.08109.x. Epub 2011 Apr 20. PMID: 21447067

Polewicz, D., Cadete, V.J., Doroszko, A., Hunter, B.E., Sawicka, J., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Light, P.E., Sawicki, G.J. (2011)

Greenberg MJ, Kazmierczak K, Szczesna-Cordary D, Moore JR. (2010) Cardiomyopathy-linked myosin regulatory light chain mutations disrupt myosin strain-dependent biochemistry.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Oct 5;107(40):17403-8. Epub 2010 Sep 20.
Borejdo J, Szczesna-Cordary D, Muthu P, Calander N. (2010) Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be characterized by a specific pattern of orientation fluctuations of actin molecules.Biochemistry. 2010 Jun 29;49(25):5269-77.

Doroszko A, Polewicz D, Cadete VJ, Sawicka J, Jones M, Szczesna-Cordary D, Cheung PY, Sawicki G. (2010) Neonatal asphyxia induces the nitration of cardiac myosin light chain 2 (MLC2) which is associated with cardiac systolic dysfunction.Shock. 2010 Apr 6.

Greenberg MJ, Mealy TR, Jones M, Szczesna-Cordary D, Moore JR. (2010) The direct molecular effects of fatigue and myosin regulatory light chain phosphorylation on the actomyosin contractile apparatus.Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2010 Apr;298(4):R989-96. Epub 2010 Jan 20.
Muthu P, Mettikolla P, Calander N, Luchowski R, Gryczynski I, Gryczynski Z, Szczesna-Cordary D, Borejdo J. (2010) Single molecule kinetics in the familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy D166V mutant mouse heart.J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2010 May;48(5):989-98. Epub 2009 Nov 13.

Abraham, T. P., Jones, M., Kazmierczak, K., Liang, H.-Y., Pinheiro, A. C., Wagg, C. S., Lopaschuk, G. D., and Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2009) Diastolic dysfunction in familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy transgenic model mice. Cardiovasc Res: 82, 84-92. PMCID: PMC2721639

Greenberg, M.J., Watt, J.D., Jones, M., Kazmierczak, K., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Moore, J.R. (2009) Regulatory light chain mutations associated with cardiomyopathy affect myosin mechanics and kinetics. J. Mol. Cell. Cardiol. 46:108-115. Epub 2008 Sep 27.
Greenberg, M.J., Mealy, T.R., Watt, J.D., Jones, M., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Moore, J.R. (2009) The Molecular Effects of Skeletal Muscle Myosin Regulatory Light Chain Phosphorylation. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 297:R265-274

Kazmierczak, K., Xu, Y., Jones, M., Guzman, G., Hernandez, O. M., Kerrick, W. G. L., and Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2009)The role of the N-terminus of the myosin essential light chain in cardiac muscle contraction. J Mol Biol: 387, 706-725. PMCID: PMC3068778

Mettikolla, P., Luchowski, R., Gryczynski, I., Gryczynski, Z., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Borejdo, J. (2009) Fluorescence lifetime of actin in the familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy transgenic heart. Biochemistry: 48, 1264-1271. PMCID: PMC2701482
W. Kerrick G., Kazmierczak, K., Xu, Y., Wang, Y. and Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2009) Malignant D166V-FHC mutation in the ventricular myosin regulatory light chain causes profound effects in skinned and intact papillary muscle fibers from transgenic mice. FASEB J. 23: 855-865. Epub 2008 Nov 5.
Szczesna-Cordary, D., Jones, M., Moore, J.R., Watts, J., W. Kerrick G.L., Xu, Y., Wang, Y., Wagg, C., Lopaschuk G.D. (2007) Myosin Regulatory Light Chain E22K Mutation Results in Decreased Cardiac Intracellular Calcium and Force Transients. FASEB. J. 21: 3974-3985.

Wang, Y., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Craig, R., Perez-Diaz, Z., Guzman, G., Miller, T., Potter, J.D. (2007) Fast Skeletal Muscle Regulatory Light Chain Is Required For Fast and Slow Skeletal Muscle Development. FASEB J. 21:2205-2214, 2007.
Olga M. Hernandez, Michelle Jones, Georgianna Guzman, and Danuta Szczesna-Cordary. (2007) Myosin Essential Light Chain in Health and Disease. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 292(4):H1643-54
Wang, Y., Xu, Y., W. Kerrick, G., Wang, Y., Guzman, G., Diaz-Perez, Z., Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2006) Prolonged Ca2+ and Force Transients in Myosin RLC Transgenic Mouse Fibers Expressing Malignant and Benign FHC Mutations. Journal of Molecular Biology, Volume 361, Issue 2, 11 August 2006, Pages 286-299.
Dumka, D. Talent, J., Akopowa, I., Guzman, G., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Borejdo, J. (2006) E22K Mutation of RLC that Causes Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Heterozygous Mouse Myocardium: Effect on Cross-Bridge Kinetics.Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, Nov 2006; 291: H2098 - H2106.
Hernandez, O., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Knollman, B.C., Miller, T., Bell, M., Zhao, J., Sirenko, S.G., Diaz, Z., Guzman, G., Xu. Y., Wang, Y., Kerrick, W.G., Potter, J.D. (2005) F110I and R278C Troponin T Mutations that Cause Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Affect Muscle Contraction in Transgenic Mice and Reconstituted Human Cardiac Fibers.J. Biol. Chem. 280: 37183-37194.
Szczesna-Cordary, D., Guzman G., Zhao, J., Hernandez O., Jianqin Wei, Zoraida Diaz-Perez (2005) The E22K Mutation in Myosin RLC that Causes Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Increases Calcium Sensitivity of Force and ATPase in Transgenic Mice. J.Cell Science 118 (16): 3675-3683.
Sawicki, G., Leon, H, Sawicka, J., Sariahmetoglu, M., Szczesna-Cordary, D., Schulz, R. (2005) Degradation of myosin light chain in isolated rat hearts subjected to ischemia-reperfusion injury: a new intracellular target for matrix metalloproteinase-2.Circulation 112: 544-552.
Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2003) Regulatory Light Chains of Striated Muscle Myosin. Structure, Function and Malfunction. Invited Review for Current Drug Targets- Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorder, 3, 1877-197.
Gomes, A.V., Potter, J.D. and Szczesna-Cordary, D. (2002) The role of Troponins in Muscle Contraction.Invited Review for IUBMB Life 54, 323-333.
Szczesna, D., Jones, M., Zhao, J., Zhu, G., Stull, J.T. and Potter, J.D. (2002) Phosphorylation of the Regulatory Light Chains of Myosin Affects Ca2+ Sensitivity of Skeletal Muscle Contraction. J. Applied Physiol.,92:1661-1670.
Szczesna, D. and Potter, J.D. (2002) The Role of Troponin in the Ca2+ Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Contraction. Results Probl Cell Differ, 36, 171-90.
Miller, T., Szczesna, D., Housmans, P.R., Zhao, J., de Freitas, F., Gomes, A.V., Culbreath, L., McCue, J., Wang, Y., Xu, Y., Kerrick, W.G. and Potter, J.D. (2001) Abnormal Contractile Function in Transgenic Mice Expressing an FHC-Linked Troponin T (I79N) Mutation. J. Biol. Chem. 276, 3743-3755.
Szczesna, D., Ghosh, D., Li, Q., Gomes, A.V., Guzman, G., Arana, C., Zhi, G., Stull, J.T., Potter, J.D.(2001) Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mutations in the regulatory light chains of myosin affect their structure, Ca2+ binding, and phosphorylation. J. Biol. Chem. 276, 7086-7092.
Szczesna, D., Zhang, R., Zhao, J., Jones, M., Guzman, G and Potter, J.D. (2000) Altered Regulation of Cardiac Muscle Contraction by Troponin T Mutations that Cause Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. J. Biol. Chem. 275:624-630.
Szczesna, D., Zhang, R., Zhao, J., Jones, M. and Potter, J.D. (1999) The Role of the NH2- and COOH-terminal Domains of the Inhibitory Region of TnI in the Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Contraction. J. Biol. Chem.274: 29536-29542.
Parsons, B., Szczesna, D., Zhao, J., Van Slooten, G., Kerrick, W.G.L., Putkey, J.A. and Potter, J.D. (1997) The Effect of pH on the Ca2+ Affinity of the Ca2+ Regulatory Sites of Skeletal and Cardiac Troponin C in Skinned Muscle Fibers. J. Muscle Res. Cell Motility. 18, 599-609.
Szczesna, D., Guzman, G., Miller, T., Zhao, J., Farokhi, K., Ellemberger, H. and Potter,J.D. (1996) The Role of the Four Ca2+ Binding sites of Troponin C in the Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Contraction. J. Biol. Chem. 271:8381-8386.
Szczesna, D., Zhao, J. and Potter, J.D. (1996) Regulatory Light Chains of Myosin Modulate the Cross-Bridge Cycling in Skeletal Muscle. J. Biol. Chem., 271:5246-5250.
Szczesna, D. and Fajer, P.G. (1995) The Tropomyosin Domain is Flexible and Disordered in Reconstituted Thin Filaments.Biochemistry 34:3614-3620.
Szczesna, D., Graceffa, P., Wang, C.-L.A. and Lehrer, S.S. (1994) Myosin S1 Changes the Orientation of Caldesmon on Actin.Biochemistry 33:6716-6720.

Szczesna, D. and Lehrer, S.S. (1993) The Binding of Fluorescent Phallotoxins to Actin in Myofibrils.J. Mus. Res. Cell Mot. 14:594-597.

Szczesna, D., Borovikov, Y.S., Kakol I. and Sobieszek, A. (1989) Interaction of Tropomyosin with Factin-Heavy Meromyosin Complex.Biol. Chem. Hoppe-Seyler 370:399-407.
Szczesna, D., Borovikov, Y.S., Lebedeva, N.N. and Kakol, I. (1987) Effect of Phosphorylation of Myosin Light Chains on Interaction of Heavy Meromyosin with Regulated F-Actin in Ghost Fibers.Experientia 43:194-196.
Szczesna, D., Sobieszek, A. and Kakol, I. (1987) Binding of Phosphorylated and Dephosphorylated Heavy Meromyosin to F-Actin.FEBS Letters 210(2):177-180.
Kakol, I., Borovikov, Y.S., Szczesna, D., Kirillina, V.P. and Levitski, D.I. (1987) Conformational Changes of F-Actin in Myosin-Free Ghost Single Fiber Induced by either Phosphorylated or Dephosphorylated Heavy Meromyosin.Biochim. Biophys. Acta 913:1-9.
Borovikov, Y.S., Kakol, I., Szczesna, D., Kirillina, V.P. and Levitski, D.I. (1986) Effect of Phosphorylation of Rabbit Skeletal Muscle MyosinLight Chains on the Nature of Conformational Changes of F-Actin Induced by Heavy Meromyosin.Biochimia (In Russian) 51(4):691-694.
Stepkowski, D., Szczesna, D., Wrotek, M. and Kakol, I. (1985) Factors Influencing Interaction of Phosphorylated and Dephosphorylated Myosin with Actin. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 831:321-329.
Stepkowski, D., Osinska, H., Szczesna, D., Wrotek, M. and Kakol, I. (1985) Decoration of Actin Filaments with Skeletal Muscle Heavy Meromyosin Containing either Phosphorylated or Dephosphorylated Regulatory Light Chains. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 830:337-340.

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