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Increased InsP3Rs in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum augment Ca2+ transients and arrhythmias associated with cardiac hypertrophy

Harzheim, Dagmar; Movassagh, Mehregan; Foo, Roger S-Y; Ritter, Oliver; Tashfeen, Aslam; Conway, Stuart J.; Bootman, Martin D. and Roderick, H. Llewelyn (2009). Increased InsP3Rs in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum augment Ca2+ transients and arrhythmias associated with cardiac hypertrophy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(27) pp. 11406–11411.

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Cardiac hypertrophy is a growth response of the heart to increased hemodynamic demand or damage. Accompanying this heart enlargement is a remodeling of Ca(2+) signaling. Due to its fundamental role in controlling cardiomyocyte contraction during every heartbeat, modifications in Ca(2+) fluxes significantly impact on cardiac output and facilitate the development of arrhythmias. Using cardiomyocytes from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs), we demonstrate that an increase in Ca(2+) release through inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (InsP(3)Rs) contributes to the larger excitation contraction coupling (ECC)-mediated Ca(2+) transients characteristic of hypertrophic myocytes and underlies the more potent enhancement of ECC-mediated Ca(2+) transients and contraction elicited by InsP(3) or endothelin-1 (ET-1). Responsible for this is an increase in InsP(3)R expression in the junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum. Due to their close proximity to ryanodine receptors (RyRs) in this region, enhanced Ca(2+) release through InsP(3)Rs served to sensitize RyRs, thereby increasing diastolic Ca(2+) levels, the incidence of extra-systolic Ca(2+) transients, and the induction of ECC-mediated Ca(2+) elevations. Unlike the increase in InsP(3)R expression and Ca(2+) transient amplitude in the cytosol, InsP(3)R expression and ECC-mediated Ca(2+) transients in the nucleus were not altered during hypertrophy. Elevated InsP(3)R2 expression was also detected in hearts from human patients with heart failure after ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, as well as in aortic-banded hypertrophic mouse hearts. Our data establish that increased InsP(3)R expression is a general mechanism that underlies remodeling of Ca(2+) signaling during heart disease, and in particular, in triggering ventricular arrhythmia during hypertrophy.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 National Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 1091-6490
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 34862
Depositing User: Martin Bootman
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 11:50
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:45
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