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Cardiotrophin-1 increases angiotensinogen mRNA in rat cardiac myocytes through STAT3 : an autocrine loop for hypertrophy.

-Cardiotrophin-1, an interleukin-6-related cytokine, stimulates the Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway and induces cardiac myocyte hypertrophy. In this study, we demonstrate that cardiotrophin-1 induces cardiac myocyte hypertrophy in part by upregulation of a local renin-angiotensin system through the JAK/STAT pathway. We found that cardiotrophin-1 increased angiotensinogen mRNA expression in cardiac myocytes via STAT3 activation. Tyrosine phosphorylation of STAT3 by cardiotrophin-1 treatment resulted in STAT3 homodimer binding to the St-domain in the angiotensinogen gene promoter, which lead to promoter activation in a transient transfection assay. Cardiotrophin-1-induced STAT3 tyrosine phosphorylation and binding to the St-domain were suppressed by AG490, a specific JAK2 inhibitor, which also attenuated cardiotrophin-1-stimulated angiotensinogen promoter activity. Cardiotrophin-1 did not activate the angiotensinogen gene promoter that contained a substitution mutation within the St-domain. Finally, losartan, an angiotensin II type 1 receptor antagonist, significantly attenuated cardiotrophin-1-induced hypertrophy of neonatal rat cardiac myocytes. Angiotensin II is known to induce cardiac myocyte hypertrophy by activating the G-protein-coupled angiotensin II type 1 receptor. Our results suggest that upregulation of angiotensinogen and angiotensin II production contribute to cardiotrophin-1-induced cardiac myocyte hypertrophy and emphasize an important interaction between G-protein-coupled and cytokine receptors.[1]


  1. Cardiotrophin-1 increases angiotensinogen mRNA in rat cardiac myocytes through STAT3 : an autocrine loop for hypertrophy. Fukuzawa, J., Booz, G.W., Hunt, R.A., Shimizu, N., Karoor, V., Baker, K.M., Dostal, D.E. Hypertension (2000) [Pubmed]
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