ZFP260 is an inducer of cardiac hypertrophy and a nuclear mediator of endothelin-1 signaling

Hiba Komati, Wael Maharsy, Janie Beauregard, Salim Hayek, Mona Nemer

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Pressure and volume overload induce hypertrophic growth of postnatal cardiomyocytes and genetic reprogramming characterized by reactivation of a subset of fetal genes. Despite intense efforts, the nuclear effectors of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy remain incompletely defined. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) plays an important role in cardiomyocyte growth and is involved in mediating the neurohormonal effects of mechanical stress. Here, we show that the phenylephrine-induced complex-1 (PEX1), also known as zinc finger transcription factor ZFP260, is essential for cardiomyocyte response to ET-1 as evidenced in cardiomyocytes with PEX1 knockdown. We found that ET-1 enhances PEX1 transcriptional activity via a PKC-dependent pathway which phosphorylates the protein and further potentiates its synergy with GATA4. Consistent with a role for PEX1 in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, overexpression of PEX1 is sufficient to induce cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in vitro and in vivo. Importantly, transgenic mice with inducible PEX1 expression in the adult heart develop cardiac hypertrophy with preserved heart function. Together, the results identify a novel nuclear effector of ET-1 signaling and suggest that PEX1 may be a regulator of the early stages of cardiac hypertrophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1508-1516
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 14 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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