[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Accumulating evidence has revealed that the mammalian heart possesses a measurable capacity for renewal. Neonatal mice retain a regenerative capacity over a short time‑frame (≤6 days), but this capacity is lost by 7 days of age. In the present study, differential gene expression profiling of mouse cardiac tissue was performed to further elucidate the mechanisms underlying this process. The global gene expression patterns of the neonatal C57BL/6J mouse heart were examined at three key time‑points (1, 6 and 7 days old) using digital gene expression analysis. In the distribution of total clean tags, high‑expression tags (>100 copies) were found to be predominant, whereas low expression tags (<5 copies) occupied the majority of distinct tag distributions. In total, 306 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were detected in cardiac tissue, with the expression levels of 115 genes upregulated and those of 191 genes downregulated in 7‑day‑old mice compared with expression levels in 1- and 6‑day‑old mice, respectively. The expression levels of five DEGs were confirmed using quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Gene ontology analysis revealed a large proportion of DEGs distributed throughout the cell, and these DEGs were associated with binding as well as catalytic, hydrolase, transferase and molecular transducer activities. Furthermore, these genes were involved in cellular, metabolic and developmental processes, as well as biological regulation and signaling pathways. Pathway analysis identified the oxidative phosphorylation pathway to be the process most significantly putatively affected by the differential expression of these genes. These data provide the basis for future analysis of the gene expression patterns that regulate the molecular mechanism of cardiac regeneration.
Molecular Medicine Reports 04/2014; · 1.17 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fatty acid binding protein 3 (FABP3, also termed heart‑type fatty acid binding protein) is a member of the intracellular lipid‑binding protein family that may be essential in fatty acid transport, cell growth, cellular signaling and gene transcription. Previously, we demonstrated that FABP3 was involved in apoptosis‑associated congenital cardiac malformations; however, its mechanism of regulation remains unclear. Apoptosis has increasingly been considered to be important in cardiac development. In the present study, a zebrafish model was used to investigate the involvement of FABP3‑morpholino (MO)‑induced apoptosis and mitochondrial dysfunction in cardiac development. During the early stages of cardiac development, injection of FABP3‑MO into zebrafish resulted in significant impairment in cardiac development and promoted the rate of apoptosis which was correlated with signiﬁcant dysfunction of the mitochondria. For example, the ATP content was markedly decreased at 24 and 48 h post‑fertilization (pf), reactive oxygen species production was significantly enhanced at 24 and 48 h pf and the mitochondrial DNA copy number was reduced at 24, 48 and 72 h pf. Additionally, Nkx2.5 expression was upregulated in FABP3-MO zebrafish, and Wnt signaling molecules (Wnt1, Wnt5 and Wnt11) were also highly expressed in FABP3-MO zebrafish at 24, 48 and 72 h pf. In conclusion, the results indicated that FABP3 knockdown exhibited significant toxic effects on cardiac development and mitochondrial function, which may be responsible for the knockdown of FABP3‑induced apoptosis. Apoptosis was one of the mechanisms underlying this effect, and was correlated with the activation of Wnt signaling. These studies identified FABP3 as a candidate gene underlying the etiology of congenital heart defects.
Molecular Medicine Reports 07/2013; · 1.17 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Fatty acid binding protein 3 (FABP3) (also known as H-FABP) is a member of the intracellular lipid-binding protein family, and is mainly expressed in cardiac muscle tissue. The in vivo function of FABP3 is proposed to be in fatty acid metabolism, trafficking, and cell signaling. Our previous study found that FABP3 is highly regulated in patients with ventricular septal defect (VSD), and may play a significant role in the development of human VSD. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the impact of FABP3 knockdown by RNA interference (RNAi) on apoptosis and mitochondrial function of embryonic carcinoma (P19) cells. The results revealed that downregulated FABP3 expression promoted apoptosis, and resulted in mitochondrial deformation, increased mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), and decreased intracellular ATP synthesis. In addition, the knockdown of FABP3 also led to excess intracellular ROS production. However, there was no obvious influence on the amount of mitochondrial DNA. Collectively, our results indicated that FABP3 knockdown promoted apoptosis and caused mitochondrial dysfunction in P19 cells, which might be responsible for the development of human VSD.
Journal of Bioenergetics 04/2012; 44(3):317-23. · 1.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: microRNA (miRNA) expression is tightly controlled in a tissue-specific and developmental stage-specific manner; some are highly and specifically expressed in cardiovascular tissues. miRNA expression profiling, using miRNA microarrays facilitates studying the biological function of miRNAs. We investigated changes in miRNA expression profiles during differentiation of P19 cells into cardiac myocytes in order to elucidate the mechanisms of heart development. The morphology of P19 cells during differentiation was observed using an inverted microscope. Western blot analysis was performed to detect cardiac troponin I (cTnI) expression. Total RNA was extracted from P19 cells for microarray and real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (real-time qRT-PCR) analyses to determine the miRNA expression profile. The miRNA microarray revealed differential expression of 49 miRNAs, of which 26 were down-regulated and 23 were up-regulated in differentiated cardiac myocytes, compared to normal P19 cells. This was confirmed by real-time qRT-PCR. We also utilized target prediction analysis to identify gene targets. Some miRNAs may have important roles in cardiac development and congenital heart defects (CHDs). Further analysis of miRNA function to confirm their target genes during cardiac development will determine the potential for novel miRNA-based therapeutic strategies.
International Journal of Molecular Medicine 03/2011; 28(1):59-64. · 1.96 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of GATA-4 on the differentiation of P19 cells into cardiomyocytes and to examine the relationship between GATA-4 and cardiomyocytes. We constructed vectors to overexpress and silence GATA-4. These vectors, as well as empty ones were transfected into P19 cells. Subsequently, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot analysis were performed. The morphology of P19 cells during differentiation was observed using an inverted microscope. Total RNA was extracted from P19 cells. We used real-time PCR to evaluate the expression levels of 6 genes: GATA-4, GATA-6, transthyretin (TTR), alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Nkx2.5, and alpha-myosin heavy chain (alpha-MHC). The gene expression pattern of these 6 genes is graphically shown for each group. The GATA-4 mRNA level in cells overexpressing GATA-4 was notably higher than that in the controls, whereas the levels in the controls were notably higher than those in the GATA-4-silenced P19 cells. The cell lines overexpressing GATA-4 expressed higher levels of Nkx2.5 and alpha-MHC than the controls. However, the controls expressed higher levels of AFP, GATA-6 and TTR than the cells overexpressing GATA-4. The RNAi group expressed lower levels of TTR, Nkx2.5, and alpha-MHC than the controls, but there were no differences in the RNAi group and the controls with regard to the expression levels of AFP and GATA-6. The gene expression pattern in the cells overexpressing GATA-4 was biased toward the Nkx2.5 and alpha-MHC. On the other hand, the gene expression pattern in GATA-4-silenced cells and the controls was biased toward the TTR and AFP. The overexpression of GATA-4 enhances the differentiation of P19 cells into cardiac myocytes, whereas its down-regulation suppresses this trend.
International Journal of Molecular Medicine 09/2010; 26(3):365-72. · 1.96 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of birth defect, but its underlying molecular mechanisms remain unidentified. Previous studies determined that Homo sapiens LYR motif containing 1 (LYRM1) is a novel nucleoprotein expressed at the highest level in adipose tissue and in high levels in heart tissue. The LYRM1 gene may play an important role in the development of the human heart. This study was designed to identify the biological characteristics of the LYRM1 gene in heart development. On the basis of expression-specific differentiation markers identified with quantitative real-time RT-PCR and the morphology of LYRM1-overexpressing cells during differentiation, ectopic expression was not found to significantly affect differentiation of P19 cells into cardiomyocytes. MTT assays and cell cycle analysis showed that LYRM1 dramatically increases the proliferation of P19 cells. Furthermore, data from annexin V-FITC binding and caspase-3 activity revealed that LYRM1 can inhibit the apoptosis of P19 cells. Our data suggest that LYRM1 might have the potential to modulate cell growth, apoptosis, and heart development.