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The American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 298  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 679 - 692

Tumor necrosis factor induces matrix metalloproteinases in cardiomyocytes and cardiofibroblasts differentially via superoxide production in a PI3K{gamma}-dependent manner

A. E Awad, V Kandalam, S Chakrabarti, X Wang, J. M Penninger, S. T Davidge, G. Y Oudit and Z. Kassiri    

Abstract:

Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that is upregulated in a number of cardiomyopathies. Adverse cardiac remodeling and dilation result from degradation of the extracellular matrix by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). We investigated whether TNF can directly trigger expression and activation of MMPs in cardiac cells. We compared MMP expression profile and activities between primary cultures of mouse neonatal cardiomyocytes and cardiofibroblasts and in cellular and extracellular compartments. In response to recombinant TNF (rTNF, 20 ng/ml), cardiomyocytes exhibited faster and more pronounced superoxide production compared with cardiofibroblasts, concomitant with increased expression of several MMPs. MMP9 levels increased more rapidly and about twofold more in cardiomyocytes than in cardiofibroblasts. TNF did not induce MMP2 expression. Expression of collagenases (MMP8, MMP12, MMP13, and MMP14) increased significantly, while total collagenase activity increased to a greater degree in conditioned medium of cardiomyocytes than in cardiofibroblasts. rTNF-mediated MMP expression and activation were dependent on superoxide production and were blocked by apocynin, an NADPH oxidase inhibitor. We identified phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) as a key factor in TNF-mediated events since TNF-induced superoxide production, MMP expression, and activity were significantly suppressed in cardiomyocytes and cardiofibroblasts deficient in PI3K. We further demonstrated that the TNF-superoxide-MMP axis of events is in fact activated in heart disease in vivo. Wild-type and TNF–/– mice subjected to cardiac pressure overload revealed that TNF deficiency resulted in reduced superoxide levels, collagenase activities, PI3K activity, and fibrosis leading to attenuated cardiac dilation and dysfunction. Our study demonstrates that TNF triggers expression and activation of MMPs faster and stronger in cardiomyocytes than in cardiofibroblasts in a superoxide-dependent manner and via activation of PI3K, thereby contributing to adverse myocardial remodeling in disease.

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