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Protein kinase C-alpha-induced hypertrophy of neonatal rat ventricular myocytes.

Protein kinase C (PKC) isoenzymes play a critical role in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. At least three different phorbol ester-sensitive PKC isoenzymes are expressed in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs): PKC-alpha, -delta, and -epsilon. Using replication-defective adenoviruses (AdVs) that express wild-type (WT) and dominant-negative (DN) PKC-alpha together with phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), which is a hypertrophic agonist and activator of all three PKC isoenzymes, we studied the role of PKC-alpha in signaling-specific aspects of the hypertrophic phenotype. PMA induced nuclear translocation of endogenous and AdV-WT PKC-alpha in NRVMs. WT PKC-alpha overexpression increased protein synthesis and the protein-to-DNA (P/D) ratio but did not affect cell surface area (CSA) or cell shape compared with uninfected or control AdV beta-galactosidase (AdV betagal)-infected cells. PMA-treated uninfected cells displayed increased protein synthesis, P/D ratio, and CSA and elongated morphology. PMA did not further enhance protein synthesis or P/D ratio in AdV-WT PKC-alpha-infected cells. To assess the requirement of PKC-alpha for these PMA-induced changes, AdV-DN PKC-alpha or AdV betagal-infected NRVMs were stimulated with PMA. Without PMA, AdV-DN PKC-alpha had no effects on protein synthesis, P/D ratio, CSA, or shape vs. AdV betagal-infected NRVMs. PMA increased protein synthesis, P/D ratio, and CSA in AdV betagal-infected cells, but these parameters were significantly reduced in PMA-stimulated AdV-DN PKC-alpha-infected NRVMs. Overexpression of DN PKC-alpha enhanced PMA-induced cell elongation. Neither WT PKC-alpha nor DN PKC-alpha affected atrial natriuretic factor gene expression. Insulin-like growth factor-1 also induced nuclear translocation of endogenous PKC-alpha. PMA but not WT PKC-alpha overexpression induced ERK1/2 activation. However, AdV-DN PKC-alpha partially blocked PMA- induced ERK activation. Thus PKC-alpha is necessary for certain aspects of PMA-induced NRVM hypertrophy.[1]


  1. Protein kinase C-alpha-induced hypertrophy of neonatal rat ventricular myocytes. Vijayan, K., Szotek, E.L., Martin, J.L., Samarel, A.M. Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. (2004) [Pubmed]
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