Nicole Beard

Accepting PhD Students

20022019
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Dr Beard and her research team investigate how intracellular calcium signaling pathways initiate muscle contraction. We explore and define the mechanisms which lead to control of calcium signalling and the way in which these are disrupted in skeletal myopathies, cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

Muscle contraction occurs due to a cascade of events and relies on calcium release from intracellular stores. The four main cogs in the intracellular calcium signalling pathway are the calcium binding protein calsequestrin (CSQ), the ryanodine receptor (RyR) calcium release channel, and two linking proteins - triadin and junctin - which bind CSQ to the RyR. Control of calcium release in muscle is vital; disturbances in the process can lead to potentially fatal skeletal and cardiac conditions.

Despite their essential role in skeletal muscle and the heart, the functional and structural interactions between the proteins that drive calcium signalling are poorly understood and form the broad aims of our research.

Currently funded projects include:

  • Calcium signalling by intracellular calcium stores: implications for muscle performance and athletic ability
  • Calcium homeostatis disturbances and human heart failure
  • Understanding how chemotherapy agents cause cardiotoxicity

Research interests

  • Heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Skeletal muscle ageing and myopathy

 

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External positions

Secretary, Gage Conferences on Musclee

20112020

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Ryanodine Receptor Calcium Release Channel Medicine & Life Sciences
Calsequestrin Medicine & Life Sciences
Skeletal Muscle Medicine & Life Sciences
Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Medicine & Life Sciences
Hereditary Angioedema Type III Medicine & Life Sciences
Muscle Chemical Compounds
Hereditary Angioedema Types I and II Medicine & Life Sciences
Muscular Diseases Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2011 2015

Research Output 2002 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Calmodulin inhibition of human RyR2 channels requires phosphorylation of RyR2-S2808 or RyR2-S2814

Walweel, K., Gomez-Hurtado, N., Rebbeck, R. T., Oo, Y. W., Beard, N. A., Molenaar, P., dos Remedios, C., van Helden, D. F., Cornea, R. L., Knollmann, B. C. & Laver, D. R., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 130, p. 96-106 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ryanodine Receptor Calcium Release Channel
Calmodulin
Phosphorylation
Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
1 Citation (Scopus)

Interventions for the long-term prevention of hereditary angioedema attacks: Intervention protocol

BEARD, N., FRESE, M., Mere, P., Katelaris, C. & MILLS, K., 19 Aug 2019, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 8, p. 1-12 12 p., CD013403.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Hereditary Angioedema Type III
Hereditary Angioedema Types I and II
Hereditary Angioedemas
Safety
1 Citation (Scopus)

Interventions for the treatment of acute hereditary angioedema attacks

FRESE, M., BEARD, N., Mere, P., Katelaris, C. & MILLS, K., 2019, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 8, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hereditary Angioedema Type III
Hereditary Angioedema Types I and II
Hereditary Angioedemas
Safety

Oxidative hotspots on actin promote skeletal muscle weakness in rheumatoid arthritis

Steinz, M. M., Persson, M., Aresh, B., Olsson, K., Cheng, A. J., Ahlstrand, E., Lilja, M., Lundberg, T. R., Rullman, E., Möller, K. A., Sandor, K., Ajeganova, S., Yamada, T., Beard, N., Karlsson, B. C. G., Tavi, P., Kenne, E., Svensson, C. I., Rassier, D. E., Karlsson, R. & 3 others, Friedman, R., Gustafsson, T. & Lanner, J. T., 2 May 2019, In : JCI Insight. 4, 9, p. 1-16 16 p., e126347.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Muscle Weakness
Actins
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Skeletal Muscle
Arthritis
Permeability
Hot Temperature
Exercise
Lipopolysaccharides
Heart Rate