Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Liu, Bin

Committee Member

Gordon, Donna

Committee Member

Lawton, Andrew

Committee Member

Zhang, Jialin

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Complete embargo for 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Biological Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Biological Sciences


Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) and pre-diabetic cardiomyopathy (pre-DC) are two cardiac diseases characterized by dysfunction in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ release channel RyR2. Despite similar defects in RyR2 leading to aberrant Ca2+ release (ACR), CPVT and pre-DC display divergent pathological phenotypes. Recent findings suggest SR-mitochondria interplay could contribute to pathological development; therefore, the role of SR-mitochondria interplay in shaping intracellular Ca2+ signaling was examined in CPVT and pre-DC by pharmacologically modulating mitochondria Ca2+ handling. Mitochondria can affect cytosolic/global Ca2+ dynamics through at least two mechanisms: buffering cytosolic Ca2+, or generating ROS to modulate RyR2 functionality via posttranslational modifications. Our data from cellular experiments suggests that CPVT mitochondria buffer Ca2+ to alleviate ACR, while pre-DC mitochondria cannot handle excess Ca2+, generating excess ROS to exacerbate ACR. These results were further consolidated by genetic models specifically targeting mitochondria Ca2+ handling proteins, which provided additional evidence SR-mitochondria crosstalk shapes cardiac pathological phenotypes.