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Physiological Genomics
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 42  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 374 - 383

Elevated myocardial Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 activity elicits gene expression that leads to cardiac hypertrophy

J Xue, F Mraiche, D Zhou, M Karmazyn, T Oka, L Fliegel and G. G. Haddad    

Abstract:

In myocardial disease, elevated expression and activity of Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1) are detrimental. To better understand the involvement of NHE1, transgenic mice with elevated heart-specific NHE1 expression were studied. N-line mice expressed wild-type NHE1, and K-line mice expressed activated NHE1. Cardiac morphology, interstitial fibrosis, and cardiac function were examined by histological staining and echocardiography. Differences in gene expression between the N-line or K-line and nontransgenic littermates were probed with genechip analysis. We found that NHE1 K-line (but not N-line) hearts developed hypertrophy, including elevated heart weight-to-body weight ratio and increased cross-sectional area of the cardiomyocytes, interstitial fibrosis, as well as depressed cardiac function. N-line hearts had modest changes in gene expression (50 upregulations and 99 downregulations, P < 0.05), whereas K-line hearts had a very strong transcriptional response (640 upregulations and 677 downregulations, P < 0.05). In addition, the magnitude of expression alterations was much higher in K-line than N-line mice. The most significant changes in gene expression were involved in cardiac hypertrophy, cardiac necrosis/cell death, and cardiac infarction. Secreted phosphoprotein 1 and its signaling pathways were upregulated while peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor signaling was downregulated in K-line mice. Our study shows that expression of activated NHE1 elicits specific pathways of gene activation in the myocardium that lead to cardiac hypertrophy, cell death, and infarction.

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