Focal adhesion kinase -- the basis of local hypertrophic signaling domains.
ABSTRACT Focal adhesion kinase (FAK), a broadly expressed non-receptor tyrosine kinase which transduces signals from integrins, growth and hormonal factors, is a key player in many fundamental biological processes and functions, including cell adhesion, migration, proliferation and survival. The involvement of FAK in this range of functions supports its role in important aspects of organismal development and disease, such as central nervous system and cardiovascular development, cancer, cardiac hypertrophy and tissue fibrosis. Many functions of FAK are correlated with its tyrosine kinase activity, which is temporally and spatially controlled by complex intra-molecular autoinhibitory conformation and inter-molecular interactions with protein and lipid partners. The inactivation of FAK in mice results in embryonic lethality attributed to the lack of proper development and function of the heart. Accordingly, embryonic FAK myocyte-specific knockout mice display lethal cardiac defects such as thin ventricle wall and ventricular septum defects. Emerging data also support a role for FAK in the reactive hypertrophy and failure of adult hearts. Moreover, the mechanisms that regulate FAK in differentiated cardiac myocytes to biomechanical stress and soluble factors are beginning to be revealed and are discussed here together with data that connect FAK to its downstream effectors. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Local Signaling in Myocytes".
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ABSTRACT: Syntenin is an adaptor molecule containing 2 PDZ domains which mediate molecular interactions with diverse integral or cytoplasmic proteins. Most of the results on the biological function of syntenin were obtained from studies with malignant cells, necessitating exploration into the role of syntenin in normal cells. To understand its role in normal cells, we investigated expression and function of syntenin in human lymphoid tissue and cells in situ and in vitro. Syntenin expression was denser in the germinal center than in the extrafollicular area. Inside the germinal center, syntenin expression was obvious in follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). Flow cytometric analysis with isolated cells confirmed a weak expression of syntenin in T and B cells and a strong expression in FDCs. In FDC-like cells, HK cells, most syntenin proteins were found in the cytoplasm compared to weak expression in the nucleus. To study the function of syntenin in FDC, we examined its role in the focal adhesion of HK cells by depleting syntenin by siRNA technology. Knockdown of syntenin markedly impaired focal adhesion kinase phosphorylation in HK cells. These results suggest that syntenin may play an important role in normal physiology as well as in cancer pathology.Immune Network 10/2013; 13(5):199-204.
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ABSTRACT: The failing heart is characterized by complex tissue remodelling involving increased cardiomyocyte death, and impairment of sarcomere function, metabolic activity, endothelial and vascular function, together with increased inflammation and interstitial fibrosis. For years, therapeutic approaches for heart failure (HF) relied on vasodilators and diuretics which relieve cardiac workload and HF symptoms. The introduction in the clinic of drugs interfering with beta-adrenergic and angiotensin signalling have ameliorated survival by interfering with the intimate mechanism of cardiac compensation. Current therapy, though, still has a limited capacity to restore muscle function fully, and the development of novel therapeutic targets is still an important medical need. Recent progress in understanding the molecular basis of myocardial dysfunction in HF is paving the way for development of new treatments capable of restoring muscle function and targeting specific pathological subsets of LV dysfunction. These include potentiating cardiomyocyte contractility, increasing cardiomyocyte survival and adaptive hypertrophy, increasing oxygen and nutrition supply by sustaining vessel formation, and reducing ventricular stiffness by favourable extracellular matrix remodelling. Here, we consider drugs such as omecamtiv mecarbil, nitroxyl donors, cyclosporin A, SERCA2a (sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic Ca(2 +) ATPase 2a), neuregulin, and bromocriptine, all of which are currently in clinical trials as potential HF therapies, and discuss novel molecular targets with potential therapeutic impact that are in the pre-clinical phases of investigation. Finally, we consider conceptual changes in basic science approaches to improve their translation into successful clinical applications.European Journal of Heart Failure 03/2014; · 5.25 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Swimming exercise leads to a nonpathological, physiological left ventricular hypertrophy. However, the potential molecular mechanisms are unknown. We investigated the role of microRNAs (miRNA) regulating the cardiac signal cascades were studied in exercised rats. Female Wistar rats were assigned into two groups: (1) sedentary control (SC), (2) swimming exercise (SE). The rats in the SE group completed a 1-h swimming exercise, 5 times/week/8-week with 5 % body overload. miRNA, phosphoinositide-3-kinase catalytic alpha polypeptide (PIK3α), phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2) gene expression analysis were performed by real-time PCR in heart muscle. Moreover, we assessed cardiac protein expression of ERK1/2, PI3K/AKT/mTOR, PTEN and TSC2. Cardiac phospho(ser473)-AKT and phospho(Ser2448)-mTOR were, respectively, increased by 46 and 38 % in the SE group when compared with SC group. miRNAs-21, 144, and 145 were, respectively, up-regulated in the SE group (152 %, 128, and 101 % relative increases), but miRNA-124 was decreased by 38 %. In SE group, PIK3α (targeted by miRNA-124) gene expression increased by 213 %, and Pten (targeted by miRNAs-21 and 144), and TSC2 (targeted by miRNA-145) were, respectively, decreased by 51 and 55 %. In addition, the swimming exercise increased protein levels of PIK3α (36 %) and phospho(Thr1462)-TSC2 (48 %), while it decreased PTEN (37 %) and TSC2 (22 %), which induced activation of PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway. These findings are consistent with a model in which exercise may induce left ventricular hypertrophy, at least in part, changing the expression of specific miRNAs targeting the PIK3/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway and its negative regulators.Arbeitsphysiologie 06/2013; · 2.30 Impact Factor