Thomas M Vondriska

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Ángeles, California, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Rationale: Only a small portion of the known heritability of cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure can be explained based on single gene mutations. Chromatin structure and regulation provide a substrate through which genetic differences in non-coding regions may impact cellular function and response to disease, but the mechanisms are unknown. Objective: We conducted genome-wide measurements of DNA methylation in different strains of mice that are susceptible and resistant to isoproterenol-induced dysfunction to test the hypothesis that this epigenetic mark may play a causal role in the development of heart failure. Methods and results: BALB/cJ and BUB/BnJ mice, determined to be susceptible and resistant to isoproterenol-induced heart failure respectively, were administered the drug for 3 weeks via osmotic minipump. Reduced representational bisulfite sequencing was then used to compare the differences between the cardiac DNA methylome in the basal state between strains and then following isoproterenol treatment. Single base resolution DNA methylation measurements were obtained and revealed a bimodal distribution of methylation in the heart, enriched in lone intergenic CpGs and depleted from CpG islands around genes. Isoproterenol induced global decreases in methylation in both strains; however, the basal methylation pattern between strains shows striking differences that may be predictive of disease progression prior to environmental stress. The global correlation between promoter methylation and gene expression (as measured by microarray) was modest and revealed itself only with focused analyses of transcription start site and gene body regions (in contrast to when gene methylation was examined in toto). Modules of co-methylated genes displayed correlation with other protein-based epigenetic marks supporting the hypothesis that chromatin modifications act in a combinatorial manner to specify transcriptional phenotypes in the heart. Conclusions: This study provides the first single base-resolution map of the mammalian cardiac DNA methylome and the first case-control analysis of the changes in DNA methylation with heart failure. The findings demonstrate marked genetic differences in DNA methylation that are associated with disease progression.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Circulation Research
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    ABSTRACT: RNA splicing is a major contributor to total transcriptome complexity; however, the functional role and regulation of splicing in heart failure remain poorly understood. Here, we used a total transcriptome profiling and bioinformatic analysis approach and identified a muscle-specific isoform of an RNA splicing regulator, RBFox1 (also known as A2BP1), as a prominent regulator of alternative RNA splicing during heart failure. Evaluation of developing murine and zebrafish hearts revealed that RBFox1 is induced during postnatal cardiac maturation. However, we found that RBFox1 is markedly diminished in failing human and mouse hearts. In a mouse model, RBFox1 deficiency in the heart promoted pressure overload-induced heart failure. We determined that RBFox1 is a potent regulator of RNA splicing and is required for a conserved splicing process of transcription factor MEF2 family members that yields different MEF2 isoforms with differential effects on cardiac hypertrophic gene expression. Finally, induction of RBFox1 expression in murine pressure overload models substantially attenuated cardiac hypertrophy and pathological manifestations. Together, this study identifies regulation of RNA splicing by RBFox1 as an important player in transcriptome reprogramming during heart failure that influence pathogenesis of the disease.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • Emma Monte · Rachel Lopez · Thomas M. Vondriska
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    ABSTRACT: The application of proteomics in biology and medicine has reached a moment of truth. The demand of biologists for transformative insights into how cells work, plus the mandate of basic science research to ultimately impact clinical medicine, crystallize as a test on the rigor and reproducibility of any 'omics measurement. Studies like that by Boylston et al. indicate that proteomics can pass that test.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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    Preview · Article · Apr 2015 · The Journal of Physiology
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    ABSTRACT: Tightly regulated Ca2+ homeostasis is a prerequisite for proper cardiac function. To dissect the regulatory network of cardiac Ca2+ handling, we performed a chemical suppressor screen on zebrafish tremblor embryos, which suffer from Ca2+ extrusion defects. Efsevin was identified based on its potent activity to restore coordinated contractions in tremblor. We show that efsevin binds to VDAC2, potentiates mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake and accelerates the transfer of Ca2+ from intracellular stores into mitochondria. In cardiomyocytes, efsevin restricts the temporal and spatial boundaries of Ca2+ sparks and thereby inhibits Ca2+ overload-induced erratic Ca2+ waves and irregular contractions. We further show that overexpression of VDAC2 recapitulates the suppressive effect of efsevin on tremblor embryos whereas VDAC2 deficiency attenuates efsevin's rescue effect and that VDAC2 functions synergistically with MCU to suppress cardiac fibrillation in tremblor. Together, these findings demonstrate a critical modulatory role for VDAC2-dependent mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake in the regulation of cardiac rhythmicity.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · eLife Sciences
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    Shuxun Ren · Gang Lu · Asuka Ota · Z Hong Zhou · Thomas M Vondriska · Timothy F Lane · Yibin Wang
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    ABSTRACT: We recently reported that the PPM1l gene encodes an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane targeted protein phosphatase (named PP2Ce) with highly specific activity towards Inositol-requiring protein-1 (IRE1) and regulates the functional outcome of ER stress. In the present report, we found that the PP2Ce protein is highly expressed in lactating epithelium of the mammary gland. Loss of PP2Ce in vivo impairs physiological unfolded protein response (UPR) and induces stress kinase activation, resulting in loss of milk production and induction of epithelial apoptosis in the lactating mammary gland. This study provides the first in vivo evidence that PP2Ce is an essential regulator of normal lactation, possibly involving IRE1 signaling and ER stress regulation in mammary epithelium.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2014 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: Endothelial cells contribute to a subset of cardiac fibroblasts by undergoing endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition, but whether cardiac fibroblasts can adopt an endothelial cell fate and directly contribute to neovascularization after cardiac injury is not known. Here, using genetic fate map techniques, we demonstrate that cardiac fibroblasts rapidly adopt an endothelial-cell-like phenotype after acute ischaemic cardiac injury. Fibroblast-derived endothelial cells exhibit anatomical and functional characteristics of native endothelial cells. We show that the transcription factor p53 regulates such a switch in cardiac fibroblast fate. Loss of p53 in cardiac fibroblasts severely decreases the formation of fibroblast-derived endothelial cells, reduces post-infarct vascular density and worsens cardiac function. Conversely, stimulation of the p53 pathway in cardiac fibroblasts augments mesenchymal-to-endothelial transition, enhances vascularity and improves cardiac function. These observations demonstrate that mesenchymal-to-endothelial transition contributes to neovascularization of the injured heart and represents a potential therapeutic target for enhancing cardiac repair.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2014 · Nature
  • Elaheh Karbassi · Thomas M. Vondriska
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    ABSTRACT: The devastating impact of congenital heart defects has made mechanisms of vertebrate heart and vascular development an active area of study. Because myocyte death is a common feature of acquired cardiovascular diseases and the adult heart does not regenerate, the need exists to understand whether features of the developing heart and vasculature—which are more plastic—can be exploited therapeutically in the disease setting. We know that a core network of transcription factors governs commitment to the cardiovascular lineage, and recent studies using genetic loss-of-function approaches and unbiased genomic studies have revealed the role for various chromatin modulatory events. We reason that chromatin structure itself is a causal feature that influences transcriptome complexity along a developmental continuum, and the purpose of this article is to highlight the areas in which ‘omics technologies have the potential to reveal new principles of phenotypic plasticity in development. We review the major mechanisms of chromatin structural regulation, highlighting what is known about their actions to control cardiovascular differentiation. We discuss emergent mechanisms of regulation that have been identified on the basis of genomic and proteomic studies of cardiac nuclei and identify current challenges to an integrated understanding of chromatin structure and cardiovascular phenotype.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
    No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Proteomics
  • Emma Monte · Thomas M Vondriska
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular disease is a tremendous burden on human health and results from malfunction of various networks of biological molecules in the context of environmental stress. Despite strong evidence of heritability, many common forms of heart disease (heart failure in particular) have not yielded to genome-wide association studies to identify causative mutations acting via the disruption of individual molecules. Increasing evidence suggests, however, that genetic variation in non-coding regions is strongly linked to disease susceptibility. We hypothesize that epigenomic variation may engender different chromatin environments in the absence of (or in parallel with) changes in protein or mRNA sequence and abundance. In this manner, distinct-genetically encoded-chromatin environments can exhibit distinct responses to environmental stresses that cause heart failure, explaining a significant portion of the altered susceptibility that is observed in human disease. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2014 · PROTEOMICS - CLINICAL APPLICATIONS
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    Douglas J Chapski · Emma Monte · Thomas M Vondriska

    Preview · Article · Apr 2014 · Circulation Research
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    ABSTRACT: The protein phosphatase 1-like gene (PPM1l) was identified as causal gene for obesity and metabolic abnormalities in mice. However, the underlying mechanisms were unknown. In this report, we find PPM1l encodes an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane targeted protein phosphatase (PP2Ce) and has specific activity to basal and ER stress induced auto-phosphorylation of Inositol-REquiring protein-1 (IRE1). PP2Ce inactivation resulted in elevated IRE1 phosphorylation and higher expression of XBP-1, CHOP, and BiP at basal. However, ER stress stimulated XBP-1 and BiP induction was blunted while CHOP induction was further enhanced in PP2Ce null cells. PP2Ce protein levels are significantly induced during adipogenesis in vitro and are necessary for normal adipocyte maturation. Finally, we provide evidence that common genetic variation of PPM11 gene is significantly associated with human lipid profile. Therefore, PPM1l mediated IRE1 regulation and downstream ER stress signaling is a plausible molecular basis for its role in metabolic regulation and disorder.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2013 · Molecular Metabolism
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    ABSTRACT: Myocyte hypertrophy antecedent to heart failure involves changes in global gene expression, although the preceding mechanisms to coordinate DNA accessibility on a genomic scale are unknown. Chromatin-associated proteins can alter chromatin structure by changing their association with DNA, thereby altering the gene expression profile. Little is known about the global changes in chromatin sub-proteomes that accompany heart failure, and the mechanisms by which these proteins alter chromatin structure. The present study tests the fundamental hypothesis that cardiac growth and plasticity in the setting of disease recapitulates conserved developmental chromatin remodeling events. We used quantitative proteomics to identify chromatin-associated proteins extracted via detergent and to quantify changes in abundance during disease. Our study identified 321 proteins in this sub-proteome, demonstrating it to have modest conservation with that revealed using strong acid. Of these proteins, 176 exhibited altered expression during cardiac hypertrophy and failure; we conducted extensive functional characterization of one of these proteins, Nucleolin. Morpholino-based knockdown of nucleolin abolished protein expression but surprisingly had little impact on gross morphological development. However, zebrafish hearts lacking Nucleolin displayed severe developmental impairment, abnormal chamber patterning and functional deficits, ostensibly due to defects in cardiac looping and myocyte differentiation. The mechanisms underlying these defects involve perturbed BMP4 expression, decreased rRNA transcription and a shift to more heterochromatic chromatin. This study reports the quantitative analysis of a new chromatin sub-proteome in the normal and diseased mouse heart. Validation studies in zebrafish examine the role of Nucleolin to orchestrate genomic reprogramming events shared between development and disease.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2013 · AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology
  • Haodong Chen · Emma Monte · Thomas M Vondriska · Sarah Franklin
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    ABSTRACT: Differences in chromatin-associated proteins allow the same genome to participate in multiple cell types and to respond to an array of stimuli in any given cell. To understand the fundamental properties of chromatin and to reveal its cell- and/or stimulus-specific behaviors, quantitative proteomics is an essential technology. This chapter details the methods for fractionation and quantitative mass spectrometric analysis of chromatin from hearts or isolated adult myocytes, detailing some of the considerations for applications to understanding heart disease. The state-of-the-art methodology for data interpretation and integration through bioinformatics is reviewed.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2013 · Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
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    Manuel Rosa-Garrido · Elaheh Karbassi · Emma Monte · Thomas M Vondriska
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    ABSTRACT: It has been appreciated for some time that cardiovascular disease involves large-scale transcriptional changes in various cell types. What has become increasingly clear only in the past few years, however, is the role of chromatin remodeling in cardiovascular phenotypes in normal physiology, as well as in development and disease. This review summarizes the state of the chromatin field in terms of distinct mechanisms to regulate chromatin structure in vivo, identifying when these modes of regulation have been demonstrated in cardiovascular tissues. We describe areas in which a better understanding of chromatin structure is leading to new insights into the fundamental biology of cardiovascular disease.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2013 · Circulation Journal
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    ABSTRACT: In the nucleus reside the proteomes whose functions are most intimately linked with gene regulation. Adult mammalian cardiomyocyte nuclei are unique due to the high percentage of binucleated cells,(1) the predominantly heterochromatic state of the DNA, and the non-dividing nature of the cardiomyocyte which renders adult nuclei in a permanent state of interphase.(2) Transcriptional regulation during development and disease have been well studied in this organ,(3-5) but what remains relatively unexplored is the role played by the nuclear proteins responsible for DNA packaging and expression, and how these proteins control changes in transcriptional programs that occur during disease.(6) In the developed world, heart disease is the number one cause of mortality for both men and women.(7) Insight on how nuclear proteins cooperate to regulate the progression of this disease is critical for advancing the current treatment options. Mass spectrometry is the ideal tool for addressing these questions as it allows for an unbiased annotation of the nuclear proteome and relative quantification for how the abundance of these proteins changes with disease. While there have been several proteomic studies for mammalian nuclear protein complexes,(8-13) until recently(14) there has been only one study examining the cardiac nuclear proteome, and it considered the entire nucleus, rather than exploring the proteome at the level of nuclear sub compartments.(15) In large part, this shortage of work is due to the difficulty of isolating cardiac nuclei. Cardiac nuclei occur within a rigid and dense actin-myosin apparatus to which they are connected via multiple extensions from the endoplasmic reticulum, to the extent that myocyte contraction alters their overall shape.(16) Additionally, cardiomyocytes are 40% mitochondria by volume(17) which necessitates enrichment of the nucleus apart from the other organelles. Here we describe a protocol for cardiac nuclear enrichment and further fractionation into biologically-relevant compartments. Furthermore, we detail methods for label-free quantitative mass spectrometric dissection of these fractions-techniques amenable to in vivo experimentation in various animal models and organ systems where metabolic labeling is not feasible.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Journal of Visualized Experiments
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    ABSTRACT: Lacking from the rapidly evolving field of chromatin regulation is a discrete model of chromatin states. We propose that each state in such a model should meet two conditions: a structural component and a quantifiable effect on transcription. The practical benefits to the field of a model with greater than two states (including one with six states, as described herein) would be to improve interpretation of data from disparate organ systems, to reflect temporal and developmental dynamics and to integrate the, at present, conceptually and experimentally disparate analyses of individual genetic loci (in vitro or using single gene approaches) and genome-wide features (including ChlP-seq, chromosomal capture and mRNA expression via microarrays/sequencing).
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2012 · FEBS letters

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    ABSTRACT: Despite the extensive knowledge of the functional unit of chromatin-the nucleosome-for which structural information exists at the atomic level, little is known about the endogenous structure of eukaryotic genomes. Chromosomal capture techniques and genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation and next generation sequencing have provided complementary insight into global features of chromatin structure, but these methods do not directly measure structural features of the genome in situ. This lack of insight is particularly troublesome in terminally differentiated cells which must reorganize their genomes for large scale gene expression changes in the absence of cell division. For example, cardiomyocytes, which are fully committed and reside in interphase, are capable of massive gene expression changes in response to physiological stimuli, but the global changes in chromatin structure that enable such transcriptional changes are unknown. The present study addressed this problem utilizing super-resolution stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy to directly measure chromatin features in mammalian cells. We demonstrate that immunolabeling of histone H3 coupled with STED imaging reveals chromatin domains on a scale of 40-70 nm, several folds better than the resolution of conventional confocal microscopy. An analytical workflow is established to detect changes in chromatin structure following acute stimuli and used to investigate rearrangements in cardiomyocyte genomes following agonists that induce cellular hypertrophy. This approach is readily adaptable to investigation of other nuclear features using a similar antibody-based labeling technique and enables direct measurements of chromatin domain changes in response to physiological stimuli.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
  • Brad Picha · Matthew Thompson · Thomas M Vondriska

    No preview · Article · May 2012 · Nature

Publication Stats

2k Citations
436.62 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2002-2015
    • University of California, Los Angeles
      • • Department of Anesthesiology
      • • Department of Physiology
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Division of Cardiology
      Los Ángeles, California, United States
  • 2004
    • CSU Mentor
      Long Beach, California, United States
  • 2001-2002
    • University of Louisville
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Department of Physiology and Biophysics
      Louisville, Kentucky, United States