Timo Schulte

Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Publications (2)22.18 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: In heart failure Ca/calmodulin kinase (CaMK)II expression and reactive oxygen species (ROS) are increased. Both ROS and CaMKII can increase late I(Na) leading to intracellular Na accumulation and arrhythmias. It has been shown that ROS can activate CaMKII via oxidation. We tested whether CaMKIIδ is required for ROS-dependent late I(Na) regulation and whether ROS-induced Ca released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) is involved. 40 μmol/L H(2)O(2) significantly increased CaMKII oxidation and autophosphorylation in permeabilized rabbit cardiomyocytes. Without free [Ca](i) (5 mmol/L BAPTA/1 mmol/L Br(2)-BAPTA) or after SR depletion (caffeine 10 mmol/L, thapsigargin 5 μmol/L), the H(2)O(2)-dependent CaMKII oxidation and autophosphorylation was abolished. H(2)O(2) significantly increased SR Ca spark frequency (confocal microscopy) but reduced SR Ca load. In wild-type (WT) mouse myocytes, H(2)O(2) increased late I(Na) (whole cell patch-clamp). This increase was abolished in CaMKIIδ(-/-) myocytes. H(2)O(2)-induced [Na](i) and [Ca](i) accumulation (SBFI [sodium-binding benzofuran isophthalate] and Indo-1 epifluorescence) was significantly slowed in CaMKIIδ(-/-) myocytes (versus WT). CaMKIIδ(-/-) myocytes developed significantly less H(2)O(2)-induced arrhythmias and were more resistant to hypercontracture. Opposite results (increased late I(Na), [Na](i) and [Ca](i) accumulation) were obtained by overexpression of CaMKIIδ in rabbit myocytes (adenoviral gene transfer) reversible with CaMKII inhibition (10 μmol/L KN93 or 0.1 μmol/L AIP [autocamtide 2-related inhibitory peptide]). Free [Ca](i) and a functional SR are required for ROS activation of CaMKII. ROS-activated CaMKIIδ enhances late I(Na), which may lead to cellular Na and Ca overload. This may be of relevance in hear failure, where enhanced ROS production meets increased CaMKII expression.
    Circulation Research 03/2011; 108(5):555-65. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.110.221911 · 11.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heart failure (HF) is known to be associated with increased Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMK)II expression and activity. There is still controversial discussion about the functional role of CaMKII in HF. Moreover, CaMKII inhibition has never been investigated in human myocardium. We sought to investigate detailed CaMKIIδ expression in end-stage failing human hearts (dilated and ischemic cardiomyopathy) and the functional effects of CaMKII inhibition on contractility. Expression analysis revealed that CaMKIIδ, both cytosolic δ(C) and nuclear δ(B) splice variants, were significantly increased in both right and left ventricles from patients with dilated or ischemic cardiomyopathy versus nonfailing. Experiments with isometrically twitching trabeculae revealed significantly improved force frequency relationships in the presence of CaMKII inhibitors (KN-93 and AIP). Increased postrest twitches after CaMKII inhibition indicated an improved sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) loading. This was confirmed in isolated myocytes by a reduced SR Ca(2+) spark frequency and hence SR Ca(2+) leak, resulting in increased SR Ca(2+) load when inhibiting CaMKII. Ryanodine receptor type 2 phosphorylation at Ser2815, which is known to be phosphorylated by CaMKII thereby contributing to SR Ca(2+) leak, was found to be markedly reduced in KN-93-treated trabeculae. Interestingly, CaMKII inhibition did not influence contractility in nonfailing sheep trabeculae. The present study shows for the first time that CaMKII inhibition acutely improves contractility in human HF where CaMKIIδ expression is increased. The mechanism proposed consists of a reduced SR Ca(2+) leak and consequently increased SR Ca(2+) load. Thus, CaMKII inhibition appears to be a possible therapeutic option for patients with HF and merits further investigation.
    Circulation Research 10/2010; 107(9):1150-61. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.110.220418 · 11.09 Impact Factor

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  • 2011
    • Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
      • Department of Cardiology and Pneumology
      Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • 2010
    • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
      Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany