The possible role of calcineurin in cardiac hypertrophy induced by calmodulin (CaM) overexpression in the heart was investigated. CaM transgenic (CaM-TG) mice developed marked cardiac hypertrophy and exhibited up-regulation of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) and β-myosin heavy chain gene expression in the heart during the first 2 weeks after birth. The activity of calcineurin in the heart was also significantly increased in CaM-TG mice compared with wild-type littermates. Treatment of CaM-TG mice with the calcineurin inhibitor FK506 (1 mg/kg per day) prevented the increase in the heart-to-body weight ratio as well as that in cardiomyocyte width. FK506 also inhibited the induction of fetal-type cardiac gene expression in CaM-TG mice. Overexpression of CaM in cultured rat cardiomyocytes activated the ANF gene promoter in a manner sensitive to FK506. Activation of a calcineurin-dependent pathway thus contributes to the development of cardiac hypertrophy induced by CaM overexpression in the heart.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 16-12-2005|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology