We have read with great interest a recent article by Dr. He et al. in the June issue of Gastroenterology.1 The studies provide strong evidence in favor of the concept that smooth muscle–specific myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 (MYPT1) of myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) plays a critical role in the agonist-induced contraction/relaxation of the smooth muscle. This was shown in their studies using animals with knocked out MYPT1-/-. The investigators employed the Cre-loxP system in which they used the promoter region and exon 1 of Mypt1 flanked by 2 loxP sites to establish Mypt1-floxed mice. These mice were crossed with SMA-Cre transgenic mice to generate smooth muscle–specific MYPT1 knockout mice (Mypt1SMKO).
Recommended CitationRattan, Satish, "Smooth Muscle-Specific Myosin Phosphatase Target Subunit 1 (MYPT1): An Important Piece of the Puzzle." (2013). Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Faculty Papers. Paper 24.