Dual level of interactions between calcineurin and PKC-ε in cardiomyocyte stretch

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Objectives: Myocardial stretch activates a number of interconnected pathways including the protein kinase C (PKC) pathway that in turn activates mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK), leading to gene expression stimulation and ventricular hypertrophy. A role of calcineurin has also been shown during hypertrophy. The goal of our study was to look for a possible interconnection between PKC and calcineurin in myocardial stretch. Methods: Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were cultured for 5 days and a 15% stretch was applied. Expression of MAPK and PKC-ε was evaluated by Western blot analysis. The specific role of PKC-ε was evaluated by transfection of cardiomyocytes with a specific inhibitor peptide. Calcineurin and PKC-ε complex formation and co-localization were evaluated by co-immunoprecipitation and by immunolocalization. Results: The PKC isoform involved in stretch-induced ERK and JNK activations was PKC-ε. We show here that calcineurin is also found to be involved in the stretch response and that calcineurin and PKC-ε co-operate at 2 levels during stretch. First, stretch-induced translocation of PKC-ε from the cytosolic to the membrane fraction was inhibited by calcineurin inhibitors, indicating that calcineurin was necessary for PKC-ε activation induced by stretch. A second level of interaction was the formation of a calcineurin-PKC-ε complex, which increased during stretch. Immunofluorescent studies indicated that, after stretch, calcineurin and PKC-ε were co-localized at the level of the perinuclear membrane. These results may have a major relevance in vivo since we also found similar PKC-ε-calcineurin complexes in the phase of thoracic aortic stenosis in rats during which heart failure develops. Conclusion: Calcineurin appears to be necessary for stretch-induced PKC-ε activation after which the phosphatase and the kinase are co-localized in a complex at the level of the perinuclear membrane where they may finely regulate the phosphorylation of their target proteins. © 2006 European Society of Cardiology.




Vincent, F., Duquesnes, N., Christov, C., Damy, T., Samuel, J. L., & Crozatier, B. (2006). Dual level of interactions between calcineurin and PKC-ε in cardiomyocyte stretch. Cardiovascular Research, 71(1), 97–107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardiores.2006.03.012

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