MiR-146a Suppresses SUMO1 Expression and Induces Cardiac Dysfunction in Maladaptive Hypertrophy.
ABSTRACT: RATIONALE:Abnormal SUMOylation has emerged as a characteristic of heart failure (HF) pathology. Previously, we found reduced SUMO1 (small ubiquitin-like modifier 1) expression and SERCA2a (sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase) SUMOylation in human and animal HF models. SUMO1 gene delivery or small molecule activation of SUMOylation restored SERCA2a SUMOylation and cardiac function in HF models. Despite the critical role of SUMO1 in HF, the regulatory mechanisms underlying SUMO1 expression are largely unknown. OBJECTIVE:To examine miR-146a-mediated SUMO1 regulation and its consequent effects on cardiac morphology and function. METHODS AND RESULTS:In this study, miR-146a was identified as a SUMO1-targeting microRNA in the heart. A strong correlation was observed between miR-146a and SUMO1 expression in failing mouse and human hearts. miR-146a was manipulated in cardiomyocytes through AAV9 (adeno-associated virus serotype 9)-mediated gene delivery, and cardiac morphology and function were analyzed by echocardiography and hemodynamics. Overexpression of miR-146a reduced SUMO1 expression, SERCA2a SUMOylation, and cardiac contractility in vitro and in vivo. The effects of miR-146a inhibition on HF pathophysiology were examined by transducing a tough decoy of miR-146a into mice subjected to transverse aortic constriction. miR-146a inhibition improved cardiac contractile function and normalized SUMO1 expression. The regulatory mechanisms of miR-146a upregulation were elucidated by examining the major miR-146a-producing cell types and transfer mechanisms. Notably, transdifferentiation of fibroblasts triggered miR-146a overexpression and secretion through extracellular vesicles, and the extracellular vesicle-associated miR-146a transfer was identified as the causative mechanism of miR-146a upregulation in failing cardiomyocytes. Finally, extracellular vesicles isolated from failing hearts were shown to contain high levels of miR-146a and exerted negative effects on the SUMO1/SERCA2a signaling axis and hence cardiomyocyte contractility. CONCLUSIONS:Taken together, our results show that miR-146a is a novel regulator of the SUMOylation machinery in the heart, which can be targeted for therapeutic intervention.
Project description:We previously found that luteolin (Lut) appeared to improve the contractility of cardiomyocytes during ischemia/reperfusion in rats. The enhancement was associated with the alteration in sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2a (SERCA2a). This finding prompted us to consider if the mechanism worked in heart failure (HF). We studied the regulation of SERCA2a by Lut in failing cardiomyocytes and intact heart of rats. Improvement of contractility and the mechanisms centered on SERCA2a were studied in isolated cardiomyocytes and intact heart. We found that Lut significantly improved contractility and Ca2+ transients, ameliorated expression, activity and stability of SERCA2a and upregulated expression of small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) 1, which is a newfound SERCA2a regulator. Lut also increased phosphorylation of protein kinase B (Akt), phospholaban (PLB) and sumoylation of SERCA2a, specificity protein 1 (Sp1). Transcriptions of SUMO1 and SERCA2a were concurrently increased. Inhibition of posphatidylinositol 3 kinase/Akt (PI3K/Akt) pathway and SERCA2a activity both markedly abolished Lut-induced benefits in vitro and in vivo. Lut upregulated the expression ratio of Bcl-2/Bax, caspase-3/cleaved-Caspase3. Meanwhile, Lut ameliorated the myocardium fibrosis of HF. These discoveries provide an important potential therapeutic strategy that Lut targeted SERCA2a SUMOylation related to PI3K/Akt-mediated regulations on rescuing the dysfunction of HF.
Project description:The calcium-transporting ATPase ATP2A2, also known as SERCA2a, is a critical ATPase responsible for Ca(2+) re-uptake during excitation-contraction coupling. Impaired Ca(2+) uptake resulting from decreased expression and reduced activity of SERCA2a is a hallmark of heart failure. Accordingly, restoration of SERCA2a expression by gene transfer has proved to be effective in improving cardiac function in heart-failure patients, as well as in animal models. The small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) can be conjugated to lysine residues of target proteins, and is involved in many cellular processes. Here we show that SERCA2a is SUMOylated at lysines 480 and 585 and that this SUMOylation is essential for preserving SERCA2a ATPase activity and stability in mouse and human cells. The levels of SUMO1 and the SUMOylation of SERCA2a itself were greatly reduced in failing hearts. SUMO1 restitution by adeno-associated-virus-mediated gene delivery maintained the protein abundance of SERCA2a and markedly improved cardiac function in mice with heart failure. This effect was comparable to SERCA2A gene delivery. Moreover, SUMO1 overexpression in isolated cardiomyocytes augmented contractility and accelerated Ca(2+) decay. Transgene-mediated SUMO1 overexpression rescued cardiac dysfunction induced by pressure overload concomitantly with increased SERCA2a function. By contrast, downregulation of SUMO1 using small hairpin RNA (shRNA) accelerated pressure-overload-induced deterioration of cardiac function and was accompanied by decreased SERCA2a function. However, knockdown of SERCA2a resulted in severe contractile dysfunction both in vitro and in vivo, which was not rescued by overexpression of SUMO1. Taken together, our data show that SUMOylation is a critical post-translational modification that regulates SERCA2a function, and provide a platform for the design of novel therapeutic strategies for heart failure.
Project description:<h4>Aims</h4>Impaired myocardial sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) activity is a hallmark of failing hearts, and SERCA2a gene therapy improves cardiac function in animals and patients with heart failure (HF). Deregulation of microRNAs has been demonstrated in HF pathophysiology. We studied the effects of therapeutic AAV9.SERCA2a gene therapy on cardiac miRNome expression and focused on regulation, expression, and function of miR-1 in reverse remodelled failing hearts.<h4>Methods and results</h4>We studied a chronic post-myocardial infarction HF model treated with AAV9.SERCA2a gene therapy. Heart failure resulted in a strong deregulation of the cardiac miRNome. miR-1 expression was decreased in failing hearts, but normalized in reverse remodelled hearts after AAV9.SERCA2a gene delivery. Increased Akt activation in cultured cardiomyocytes led to phosphorylation of FoxO3A and subsequent exclusion from the nucleus, resulting in miR-1 gene silencing. In vitro SERCA2a expression also rescued miR-1 in failing cardiomyocytes, whereas SERCA2a inhibition reduced miR-1 levels. In vivo, Akt and FoxO3A were highly phosphorylated in failing hearts, but reversed to normal by AAV9.SERCA2a, leading to cardiac miR-1 restoration. Likewise, enhanced sodium-calcium exchanger 1 (NCX1) expression during HF was normalized by SERCA2a gene therapy. Validation experiments identified NCX1 as a novel functional miR-1 target.<h4>Conclusion</h4>SERCA2a gene therapy of failing hearts restores miR-1 expression by an Akt/FoxO3A-dependent pathway, which is associated with normalized NCX1 expression and improved cardiac function.
Project description:RATIONALE:SERCA2a, sarco-endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase, is a critical determinant of cardiac function. Reduced level and activity of SERCA2a are major features of heart failure. Accordingly, intensive efforts have been made to develop efficient modalities for SERCA2a activation. We showed that the activity of SERCA2a is enhanced by post-translational modification with SUMO1 (small ubiquitin-like modifier 1). However, the roles of other post-translational modifications on SERCA2a are still unknown. OBJECTIVE:In this study, we aim to assess the role of lysine acetylation on SERCA2a function and determine whether inhibition of lysine acetylation can improve cardiac function in the setting of heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS:The acetylation of SERCA2a was significantly increased in failing hearts of humans, mice, and pigs, which is associated with the reduced level of SIRT1 (sirtuin 1), a class III histone deacetylase. Downregulation of SIRT1 increased the SERCA2a acetylation, which in turn led to SERCA2a dysfunction and cardiac defects at baseline. In contrast, pharmacological activation of SIRT1 reduced the SERCA2a acetylation, which was accompanied by recovery of SERCA2a function and cardiac defects in failing hearts. Lysine 492 (K492) was of critical importance for the regulation of SERCA2a activity via acetylation. Acetylation at K492 significantly reduced the SERCA2a activity, presumably through interfering with the binding of ATP to SERCA2a. In failing hearts, acetylation at K492 appeared to be mediated by p300 (histone acetyltransferase p300), a histone acetyltransferase. CONCLUSIONS:These results indicate that acetylation/deacetylation at K492, which is regulated by SIRT1 and p300, is critical for the regulation of SERCA2a activity in hearts. Pharmacological activation of SIRT1 can restore SERCA2a activity through deacetylation at K492. These findings might provide a novel strategy for the treatment of heart failure.
Project description:BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Calcium handling is known to be deranged in heart failure. Interventions aimed at improving cell Ca(2) (+) cycling may represent a promising approach to heart failure therapy. Istaroxime is a new luso-inotropic compound that stimulates cardiac contractility and relaxation in healthy and failing animal models and in patients with acute heart failure (AHF) syndrome. Istaroxime is a Na-K ATPase inhibitor with the unique property of increasing sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) SERCA2a activity as shown in heart microsomes from humans and guinea pigs. The present study addressed the molecular mechanism by which istaroxime increases SERCA2a activity. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: To study the effect of istaroxime on SERCA2a-phospholamban (PLB) complex, we applied different methodologies in native dog healthy and failing heart preparations and heterologous canine SERCA2a/PLB co-expressed in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf21) insect cells. KEY RESULTS: We showed that istaroxime enhances SERCA2a activity, Ca(2) (+) uptake and the Ca(2) (+) -dependent charge movements into dog healthy and failing cardiac SR vesicles. Although not directly demonstrated, the most probable explanation of these activities is the displacement of PLB from SERCA2a.E2 conformation, independently from cAMP/PKA. We propose that this displacement may favour the SERCA2a conformational transition from E2 to E1, thus resulting in the acceleration of Ca(2) (+) cycling. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Istaroxime represents the first example of a small molecule that exerts a luso-inotropic effect in the failing human heart through the stimulation of SERCA2a ATPase activity and the enhancement of Ca(2) (+) uptake into the SR by relieving the PLB inhibitory effect on SERCA2a in a cAMP/PKA independent way.
Project description:RATIONALE:Baseline contractility of mouse hearts is modulated in a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-?-dependent manner by type 4 phosphodiesterases (PDE4), which regulate cAMP levels within microdomains containing the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) calcium ATPase type 2a (SERCA2a). OBJECTIVE:The goal of this study was to determine whether PDE4D regulates basal cardiac contractility. METHODS AND RESULTS:At 10 to 12 weeks of age, baseline cardiac contractility in PDE4D-deficient (PDE4D(-/-)) mice was elevated mice in vivo and in Langendorff perfused hearts, whereas isolated PDE4D(-/-) cardiomyocytes showed increased whole-cell Ca2+ transient amplitudes and SR Ca2+content but unchanged L-type calcium current, compared with littermate controls (WT). The protein kinase A inhibitor R(p)-adenosine-3',5' cyclic monophosphorothioate (R(p)-cAMP) lowered whole-cell Ca2+ transient amplitudes and SR Ca2+ content in PDE4D(-/-) cardiomyocytes to WT levels. The PDE4 inhibitor rolipram had no effect on cardiac contractility, whole-cell Ca2+ transients, or SR Ca2+ content in PDE4D(-/-) preparations but increased these parameters in WT myocardium to levels indistinguishable from those in PDE4D(-/-). The functional changes in PDE4D(-/-) myocardium were associated with increased PLN phosphorylation but not cardiac ryanodine receptor phosphorylation. Rolipram increased PLN phosphorylation in WT cardiomyocytes to levels indistinguishable from those in PDE4D(-/-) cardiomyocytes. In murine and failing human hearts, PDE4D coimmunoprecipitated with SERCA2a but not with cardiac ryanodine receptor. CONCLUSIONS:PDE4D regulates basal cAMP levels in SR microdomains containing SERCA2a-PLN, but not L-type Ca2+ channels or ryanodine receptor. Because whole-cell Ca2+ transient amplitudes are reduced in failing human myocardium, these observations may have therapeutic implications for patients with heart failure.
Project description:MicroRNAs are promising therapeutic targets, because their inhibition has the potential to normalize gene expression in diseased states. Recently, our group found that miR-25 is a key SERCA2a regulating microRNA, and we showed that multiple injections of antagomirs against miR-25 enhance cardiac contractility and function through SERCA2a restoration in a murine heart failure model. However, for clinical application, a more stable suppressor of miR-25 would be desirable. Tough Decoy (TuD) inhibitors are emerging as a highly effective method for microRNA inhibition due to their resistance to endonucleolytic degradation, high miRNA binding affinity, and efficient delivery. We generated a miR-25 TuD inhibitor and subcloned it into a cardiotropic AAV9 vector to evaluate its efficacy. The AAV9 TuD showed selective inhibition of miR-25 in vitro cardiomyoblast culture. In vivo, AAV9-miR-25 TuD delivered to the murine pressure-overload heart failure model selectively decreased expression of miR-25, increased levels of SERCA2a protein, and ameliorated cardiac dysfunction and fibrosis. Our data indicate that miR-25 TuD is an effective long-term suppressor of miR-25 and a promising therapeutic candidate to treat heart failure.
Project description:TIMP4 (Tissue Inhibitors of Matrix Metalloprotease 4), goes down in failing hearts and mice lacking TIMP4 show poor regeneration capacity after myocardial infarction (MI). This study is based on our previous observation that administration of cardiac inhibitor of metalloproteinase (~TIMP4) attenuates oxidative stress and remodeling in failing hearts. Therefore, we hypothesize that TIMP4 helps in cardiac regeneration by augmenting contractility and inducing the differentiation of cardiac progenitor cells into cardiomyocytes.To validate this hypothesis, we transfected mouse cardiomyocytes with TIMP4 and TIMP4-siRNA and performed contractility studies in the TIMP4 transfected cardiomyocytes as compared to siRNA-TIMP4 transfected cardiomyocytes. We evaluated the calcium channel gene serca2a (sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase2a) and mir122a which tightly regulates serca2a to explain the changes in contractility. We treated mouse embryonic stem cells with cardiac extract and cardiac extract minus TIMP4 (using TIMP4 monoclonal antibody) to examine the effect of TIMP4 on differentiation of cardiac progenitor cells.Contractility was augmented in the TIMP4 transfected cardiomyocytes as compared to siRNA-TIMP4 transfected cardiomyocytes. There was elevated expression of serca2a in the TIMP4 transformed myocytes and down regulation of mir122a. The cells treated with cardiac extract containing TIMP4 showed cardiac phenotype in terms of Ckit+, GATA4+ and Nkx2.5 expression.This is a novel report suggesting that TIMP4 augments contractility and induces differentiation of progenitor cells into cardiac phenotype. In view of the failure of MMP9 inhibitors for cardiac therapy, TIMP4 provides an alternative approach, being an indigenous molecule and a natural inhibitor of MMP9.
Project description:Decreased activity and expression of the cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA2a), a critical pump regulating calcium cycling in cardiomyocyte, are hallmarks of heart failure. We have previously described a role for the small ubiquitin-like modifier type 1 (SUMO-1) as a regulator of SERCA2a and have shown that gene transfer of SUMO-1 in rodents and large animal models of heart failure restores cardiac function. Here, we identify and characterize a small molecule, N106, which increases SUMOylation of SERCA2a. This compound directly activates the SUMO-activating enzyme, E1 ligase, and triggers intrinsic SUMOylation of SERCA2a. We identify a pocket on SUMO E1 likely to be responsible for N106's effect. N106 treatment increases contractile properties of cultured rat cardiomyocytes and significantly improves ventricular function in mice with heart failure. This first-in-class small-molecule activator targeting SERCA2a SUMOylation may serve as a potential therapeutic strategy for treatment of heart failure.
Project description:Heart failure is a progressive, debilitating disease that is characterized by inadequate contractility of the heart. With an aging population, the incidence and economic burden of managing heart failure are anticipated to increase substantially. Drugs for heart failure only slow its progression and offer no cure. However, results of recent clinical trials using recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery offer the promise, for the first time, that heart failure can be reversed. The strategy is to improve contractility of cardiac muscle cells by enhancing their ability to store calcium through increased expression of the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase pump (SERCA2a). Preclinical trials have also identified other proteins involved in calcium cycling in cardiac muscle that are promising targets for gene therapy in heart failure, including the following: protein phosphatase 1, adenylyl cyclase 6, G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 2, phospholamban, SUMO1, and S100A1. These preclinical and clinical trials represent a "quiet revolution" that may end up being one of the most significant and remarkable breakthroughs in modern medical practice. Of course, a number of uncertainties remain, including the long-term utility and wisdom of improving the contractile performance of "sick" muscle cells. In this regard, gene therapy may turn out to be a way of buying additional time for actual cardiac regeneration to occur using cardiac stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells.