Mitochondrial Reprogramming Induced by CaMKIIδ Mediates Hypertrophy Decompensation
Rationale: Sustained activation of Gq signaling during pressure overload causes cardiac hypertrophy that ultimately progresses to dilated cardiomyopathy. The molecular events that drive hypertrophy decompensation are incompletely understood. Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II delta (CaMKIIδ) is activated downstream of Gq and overexpression of Gq and CaMKIIδ recapitulates hypertrophy decompensation.
Objective: To determine whether CaMKIIδ contributes to hypertrophy decompensation provoked by Gq.
Methods and Results: Compared to Gαq transgenic (Gq) mice, compound Gq/CaMKIIδ knockout (KO) (Gq/KO) mice developed a similar degree of cardiac hypertrophy but exhibited significantly improved left ventricular function, less cardiac fibrosis and cardiomyocyte apoptosis, and fewer ventricular arrhythmias. Markers of oxidative stress were elevated in mitochondria from Gq vs. WT mice and respiratory rates were lower; these changes in mitochondrial function were restored by CaMKIIδ deletion. Gq-mediated increases in mitochondrial oxidative stress, compromised membrane potential and cell death were recapitulated in NRVMs infected with constitutively active Gq and attenuated by CaMKII inhibition. Deep RNA sequencing revealed altered expression of 41 mitochondrial genes in Gq hearts, with normalization of ~40% of these genes by CaMKIIδ deletion. Uncoupling protein 3 (UCP3) was markedly downregulated in Gq or by Gq expression in NRVMs and reversed by CaMKIIδ deletion or inhibition, as was Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR-α). The protective effects of CaMKIIδ inhibition on ROS generation and cell death were abrogated by knock down of UCP3. Conversely, restoration of UCP3 expression attenuated ROS generation and cell death induced by CaMKIIδ. Our in vivo studies further demonstrated that pressure overload induced decreases in PPAR-α and UCP3, increases in mitochondrial protein oxidation, and hypertrophy decompensation which were attenuated by CaMKIIδ deletion.
Conclusions: Mitochondrial gene reprogramming induced by CaMKIIδ emerges as an important mechanism contributing to mitotoxicity in decompensating hypertrophy.
- heart failure
- oxidative stress
- uncoupling protein
- calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II
- peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha and gamma
- Received July 5, 2014.
- Revision received January 14, 2015.
- Accepted January 20, 2015.