Abstract 65: β-Adrenergic Signaling Promotes Survival and Proliferation of Mouse Cardiac Progenitor Cells Prior to Lineage Commitment
Rationale: Short term β-adrenergic stimulation promotes contractility in response to stress, but is ultimately detrimental in the failing heart due to accrual of cardiomyocyte death. Endogenous myocardial repair may partially offset cardiomyocyte losses, but consequences of long term β-adrenergic drive upon myocardial repair and regeneration are unknown.
Objective: Modest recovery of cardiac contractility following long term β-adrenergic blockade in the clinical setting may depend, in part, upon restoration of endogenous repair therefore we sought to determine the relationship between β-adrenergic activity and regulation of cardiac progenitor cell (CPC) function and influence upon myocardial repair.
Methods and results: Mouse and human CPCs express only β2 adrenergic receptor (β2-AR) in conjunction with stem cell marker c-kit. Activation of β2-AR signaling promotes proliferation associated with increased Akt phosphorylation, up-regulation of eNOS and cyclin D1, and decreased levels of GRK2. Conversely, silencing of β2-AR expression or treatment with β2-antagonist ICI 118, 551 impairs proliferation and survival. β1-AR expression in CPC is induced by differentiation stimuli, sensitizing CPC to isoproterenol-induced cell death that is abrogated by the β1-AR specific antagonist metoprolol. Efficacy of β1-AR blockade by metoprolol to increase CPC survival and proliferation was confirmed in vivo by adoptive transfer of CPC into failing mouse myocardium, concomitant with increased ejection fraction, fractional shortening and hemodynamic performance.
Conclusions: β-adrenergic stimulation promotes expansion and survival of CPCs through β2-AR, but acquisition of β1-AR upon commitment to the myocyte lineage results in loss of early myocyte precursors and ineffective myocardial repair. Thus, β1-AR-specific blockade is likely to provide for enhanced CPC participation in recovery of function in the failing heart.
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