Production of TRPV2-targeting functional antibody ameliorating dilated cardiomyopathy and muscular dystrophy in animal models


Abnormal Ca2+ handling is essential in the pathophysiology of degenerative muscle disorders, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and muscular dystrophy (MD). Transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily V, member 2 (TRPV2) is a candidate for Ca2+ entry and a potential therapeutic target for degenerative muscle disorders, there are few specific inhibitors for TRPV2. In this study, we produced a monoclonal antibody (designated mAb88-2) and two polyclonal antibodies (pAb591 and pAb592) that selectively recognize TRPV2 from the outside of cells and interact with the turret region of the pore-forming outer gate. These antibodies inhibited Ca2+ influx via TRPV2 in cultured cells and substantially reduced TRPV2 in the plasma membrane via cellular internalization. We evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of the functional antibody in δ-sarcoglycan-deficient hamster (J2N-k) models of DCM and MD and in the 4C30 DCM model of murine heart failure. The intraperitoneal administration of the functional antibody (0.5 mg/kg) for 2 weeks (once a week) prevented the progression of cardiac dysfunction, as evaluated by echocardiography and histological staining, and improved the abnormal Ca2+ handling (high diastolic Ca2+ level and small Ca2+ transient peak) in cardiomyocytes isolated from J2N-k hamsters and prevented skeletal muscle damage. Further, the antibody effectively prevented heart failure in the 4C30 mouse model with end-stage DCM. Interestingly, endogenous TRPV2 that accumulated in the cardiac and skeletal muscle sarcolemma disappeared upon antibody administration. Thus, the newly produced antibodies are capable of ameliorating DCM and MD by promoting the cellular internalization of TRPV2; antibodies specific to human TRPV2 may substantially improve the treatment of patients with degenerative muscle diseases.

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Fig. 1: Produced monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies recognize TRPV2 from the extracellular side.
Fig. 2: Produced antibodies inhibits TRPV2-dependent Ca2+ response from the outside.
Fig. 3: Antibody production and epitope mapping.
Fig. 4: Prevention of skeletal muscle damage by TRPV2-neutralizing antibodies in dystrophic hamsters.
Fig. 5: TRPV2 localization and the effect of mAb88-2 on Ca2+ response in isolated cardiomyocytes from hamsters.
Fig. 6: Protection against cardiac dysfunction by mAb88-2 administration in J2N-k hamsters.
Fig. 7: Protection against dilated cardiomyopathy by mAb88-2 administration in the mouse model 4C30.


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We would like to thank Mrs Hitomi Ohtake and Madoka Hirayama for technical assistance. We would also like to thank Dr Ryu Nagata (Osaka University) for helpful discussions and Dr Kiichiro Tomoda (Osaka Medical Collage) for technical assistance with the structural modeling of mTRPV2. This work was funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) [grant number 17K09598 to YI] and Grant-in-Aid for Research on Nervous and Mental Disorders of NCNP [grant number 28-6 to YI].

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Iwata, Y., Wakabayashi, S., Ito, S. et al. Production of TRPV2-targeting functional antibody ameliorating dilated cardiomyopathy and muscular dystrophy in animal models. Lab Invest 100, 324–337 (2020).

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