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See detailSelective inhibition of plasma membrane calcium ATPase 4 improves angiogenesis and vascular reperfusion
Kurusamy, Sathishkumar; López-Maderuelo, Dolores; Little, Robert et al

in Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (2017), (109), 38-47

AIMS: Ischaemic cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite promising results from pre-clinical animal models, VEGF-based strategies for therapeutic angiogenesis ... [more ▼]

AIMS: Ischaemic cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite promising results from pre-clinical animal models, VEGF-based strategies for therapeutic angiogenesis have yet to achieve successful reperfusion of ischaemic tissues in patients. Failure to restore efficient VEGF activity in the ischaemic organ remains a major problem in current pro-angiogenic therapeutic approaches. Plasma membrane calcium ATPase 4 (PMCA4) negatively regulates VEGF-activated angiogenesis via inhibition of the calcineurin/NFAT signalling pathway. PMCA4 activity is inhibited by the small molecule aurintricarboxylic acid (ATA). We hypothesize that inhibition of PMCA4 with ATA might enhance VEGF-induced angiogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We show that inhibition of PMCA4 with ATA in endothelial cells triggers a marked increase in VEGF-activated calcineurin/NFAT signalling that translates into a strong increase in endothelial cell motility and blood vessel formation. ATA enhances VEGF-induced calcineurin signalling by disrupting the interaction between PMCA4 and calcineurin at the endothelial-cell membrane. ATA concentrations at the nanomolar range, that efficiently inhibit PMCA4, had no deleterious effect on endothelial-cell viability or zebrafish embryonic development. However, high ATA concentrations at the micromolar level impaired endothelial cell viability and tubular morphogenesis, and were associated with toxicity in zebrafish embryos. In mice undergoing experimentally-induced hindlimb ischaemia, ATA treatment significantly increased the reperfusion of post-ischaemic limbs. CONCLUSIONS: Our study provides evidence for the therapeutic potential of targeting PMCA4 to improve VEGF-based pro-angiogenic interventions. This goal will require the development of refined, highly selective versions of ATA, or the identification of novel PMCA4 inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and characterization of a novel fluorescent indicator protein PMCA4-GCaMP2 in cardiomyocytes.
Mohamed, Tamer M. A.; Abou-Leisa, Riham; Baudoin, Florence et al

in Journal of molecular and cellular cardiology (2013), 63

Isoform 4 of the plasma membrane calcium/calmodulin dependent ATPase (PMCA4) has recently emerged as an important regulator of several key pathophysiological processes in the heart, such as contractility ... [more ▼]

Isoform 4 of the plasma membrane calcium/calmodulin dependent ATPase (PMCA4) has recently emerged as an important regulator of several key pathophysiological processes in the heart, such as contractility and hypertrophy. However, direct monitoring of PMCA4 activity and assessment of calcium dynamics in its vicinity in cardiomyocytes are difficult due to the lack of molecular tools. In this study, we developed novel calcium fluorescent indicators by fusing the GCaMP2 calcium sensor to the N-terminus of PMCA4 to generate the PMCA4-GCaMP2 fusion molecule. We also identified a novel specific inhibitor of PMCA4, which might be useful for studying the role of this molecule in cardiomyocytes and other cell types. Using an adenoviral system we successfully expressed PMCA4-GCaMP2 in both neonatal and adult rat cardiomyocytes. This fusion molecule was correctly targeted to the plasma membrane and co-localised with caveolin-3. It could monitor signal oscillations in electrically stimulated cardiomyocytes. The PMCA4-GCaMP2 generated a higher signal amplitude and faster signal decay rate compared to a mutant inactive PMCA4(mut)GCaMP2 fusion protein, in electrically stimulated neonatal and adult rat cardiomyocytes. A small molecule library screen enabled us to identify a novel selective inhibitor for PMCA4, which we found to reduce signal amplitude of PMCA4-GCaMP2 and prolong the time of signal decay (Tau) to a level comparable with the signal generated by PMCA4(mut)GCaMP2. In addition, PMCA4-GCaMP2 but not the mutant form produced an enhanced signal in response to beta-adrenergic stimulation. Together, the PMCA4-GCaMP2 and PMCA4(mut)GCaMP2 demonstrate calcium dynamics in the vicinity of the pump under active or inactive conditions, respectively. In summary, the PMCA4-GCaMP2 together with the novel specific inhibitor provides new means with which to monitor calcium dynamics in the vicinity of a calcium transporter in cardiomyocytes and may become a useful tool to further study the biological functions of PMCA4. In addition, similar approaches could be useful for studying the activity of other calcium transporters during excitation-contraction coupling in the heart. [less ▲]

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See detailDeprivation of MKK7 in cardiomyocytes provokes heart failure in mice when exposed to pressure overload.
Liu, Wei; Zi, Min; Chi, Hongbo et al

in Journal of molecular and cellular cardiology (2011), 50(4), 702-11

There is little doubt that members of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) families play key roles in the transition from adaptive hypertrophic remodeling to heart failure. Mitogen-activated protein ... [more ▼]

There is little doubt that members of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) families play key roles in the transition from adaptive hypertrophic remodeling to heart failure. Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 7 (MKK7) is a critical component of stress-activated MAP kinase signaling pathway. The role of MKK7 plays in mediating cardiac remodeling in response to load stress has yet to be defined. Herein, we investigate the role of MKK7 in regulating cardiac remodeling in response to pressure overload. We generated and examined the phenotype of mice with cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of the mkk7 gene (MKK7(cko)). Following one week of pressure overload, MKK7(cko) mice exhibited characteristic phenotypes of heart failure evidenced by deterioration in ventricular function and pulmonary congestion. Cell death assays revealed an increased prevalence of cardiomyocyte apoptosis in the MKK7(cko) heart, in which elevated p53 levels and attenuated expression of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) were found. Moreover, extensive interstitial fibrosis was discovered in the knockout heart likely attributable to upregulation of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) signaling. These results reveal an essential role of MKK7 in cardiomyocytes for protecting the heart from hypertrophic insults thereby preventing the transition to heart failure. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcium transport in cardiovascular health and disease--the sarcolemmal calcium pump enters the stage.
Cartwright, Elizabeth J.; Schuh, Kai; Neyses, Ludwig UL

in Journal of molecular and cellular cardiology (2005), 39(3), 403-6

Calcium is known to be one of the most important ionic regulators of the heart, where it has a crucial role in contraction-relaxation. Within a single beat of the cardiomyocyte there is a 100-fold ... [more ▼]

Calcium is known to be one of the most important ionic regulators of the heart, where it has a crucial role in contraction-relaxation. Within a single beat of the cardiomyocyte there is a 100-fold increase in the cytosolic free Ca(2+) level, this must be returned to its original concentration in order to maintain the normal physiological function of the cell. Two of the mechanisms involved in returning the Ca(2+) concentration back to resting levels are located at the sarcolemma; the sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) and the sarcolemmal calcium pump. Compared to the NCX the sarcolemmal calcium pump extrudes significantly less calcium from the cardiomyocyte and has long been thought to be involved in the maintenance of low diastolic calcium levels. This review will outline recent evidence suggesting that the sarcolemmal calcium pump may in fact play a key role in signal transduction in the cardiovascular system. [less ▲]

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See detailRational promoter selection for gene transfer into cardiac cells.
Maass, Alexander; Langer, Stephen J.; Oberdorf-Maass, Silke et al

in Journal of molecular and cellular cardiology (2003), 35(7), 823-31

Cardiomyocytes (CMCs) are extremely difficult to transfect with non-viral techniques, but they are efficiently infected by adenoviruses. The most commonly used promoters to drive protein expression in ... [more ▼]

Cardiomyocytes (CMCs) are extremely difficult to transfect with non-viral techniques, but they are efficiently infected by adenoviruses. The most commonly used promoters to drive protein expression in cardiac myocytes are of viral origin, since they are believed to be constitutively active and minimally regulated by physiological or pharmacological challenge of cells. In recombinant adenoviruses, we systematically compared three different promoters: the cytomegalovirus (CMV), the Rous sarcoma virus (RSV), and a synthetic promoter with three MEF2 transcription factor-binding sites upstream of the heat-shock protein 68 minimal promoter. We determined their basal activity in primary cardiac cells as well as their possible stimulation by commonly used agonists. The CMV promoter was activated up to 60-fold by the phorbol ester phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) and/or forskolin in neonatal rat CMCs and cardiac fibroblasts. Primary adult rat CMCs had higher basal expression from the CMV promoter that was not activated by PMA or forskolin. The RSV promoter was less affected by agonists and was more active in cardiac myocytes compared to cardiac fibroblasts. The MEF2-responsive promoter showed high basal expression in both myocytes and fibroblasts, and minimal induction by phorbol esters and forskolin. The relevance of reporter gene induction was confirmed with a contractile protein, troponin T (TnT). The CMV promoter driving TnT could be induced more than 15-fold with phenylephrine or forskolin to replace the endogenous protein almost to completion at a multiplicity of infection of 10. These results suggest the following use of the tested promoters: an inducible system (CMV), a myocyte-enriched system (RSV), or a stable control system (MEF2). [less ▲]

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