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  S Miyamoto , N. H Purcell , J. M Smith , T Gao , R Whittaker , K Huang , R Castillo , C. C Glembotski , M. A Sussman , A. C Newton and J. H. Brown

The recently discovered PHLPP-1 (PH domain leucine-rich repeat protein phosphatase-1) selectively dephosphorylates Akt at Ser473 and terminates Akt signaling in cancer cells. The regulatory role of PHLPP-1 in the heart has not been considered.


To test the hypothesis that blockade/inhibition of PHLPP-1 could constitute a novel way to enhance Akt signals and provide cardioprotection.

Methods and Results:

PHLPP-1 is expressed in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs) and in adult mouse ventricular myocytes (AMVMs). PHLPP-1 knockdown by small interfering RNA significantly enhances phosphorylation of Akt (p-Akt) at Ser473, but not at Thr308, in NRVMs stimulated with leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF). The increased phosphorylation is accompanied by greater Akt catalytic activity. PHLPP-1 knockdown enhances LIF-mediated cardioprotection against doxorubicin and also protects cardiomyocytes against H2O2. Direct Akt effects at mitochondria have been implicated in cardioprotection and mitochondria/cytosol fractionation revealed a significant enrichment of PHLPP-1 at mitochondria. The ability of PHLPP-1 knockdown to potentiate LIF-mediated increases in p-Akt at mitochondria and an accompanying increase in mitochondrial hexokinase-II was demonstrated. We generated PHLPP-1 knockout (KO) mice and demonstrate that AMVMs isolated from KO mice show potentiated p-Akt at Ser473 in response to agonists. When isolated perfused hearts are subjected to ischemia/reperfusion, p-Akt in whole-heart homogenates and in the mitochondrial fraction is significantly increased. Additionally in PHLPP-1 KO hearts, the increase in p-Akt elicited by ischemia/reperfusion is potentiated and, concomitantly, infarct size is significantly reduced.


These results implicate PHLPP-1 as an endogenous negative regulator of Akt activity and cell survival in the heart.

  G Sivagangabalan , J Pouliopoulos , K Huang , M. A Barry , J Lu , S. P Thomas , D. L Ross , A Thiagalingam and P. Kovoor

Background— We assessed a novel simultaneous biventricular mapping and ablation approach for septal ventricular tachycardia (VT) in a chronic ovine infarct model.

Methods and Results— In 8 sheep with inducible VT, mapping and ablation were performed 9±3 months after percutaneously induced myocardial infarction, with left ventricular ejection fraction 23±8%. Scar was identified by EnSite Dynamic Substrate Mapping plus CARTO voltage mapping. Thirty VT episodes (cycle length, 235±42 ms) were mapped with simultaneous analyses using EnSite arrays deployed in both the left ventricle and the right ventricle. Short ablation lines were created perpendicular to the breakout pathway along the scar border in the ventricle with earliest activity. If septal VT was still inducible, this line was extended before ablation in the second chamber. The end point of noninducibility of VT was achieved in all animals. The mean difference in delay in noncontact breakout timing between the ventricles was shorter for VT with (n=18) than without (n=12) septal breakout (32±7.8 ms, P<0.001). In 5 of 6 animals, after ablation in one ventricle, septal VT was still inducible with a common breakout site in the second ventricle. After septal ablation in the second ventricle, VT was no longer inducible. In the 6 animals in which septal VT had been ablated, transmural septal ablation was identified at the scar border, with overlapping left ventricular and right ventricular ablation lesions present in 5 of 6 (septal thickness 8 to 17 mm) and left ventricular endocardial ablation being transmural in 1 of 6 (6 mm).

Conclusions— Biventricular scar and VT activation mapping correctly localizes septal VT pathways, directing ablation from one or both septal endocardial aspects. Creation of a transmural septal lesion at the scar border interrupting VT exit points is highly effective at ablating septal VT.

  Y Li , S Huang , X Wang , D Zhou , K Huang , H Guo , J Fang , C Chen and Q. Liu

We report on 2 children with Burkitt's lymphoma accompanied by extensive extranodal involvement treated with chemotherapy and Rituximab in combination with autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (Auto-PBSCT) regimens. No obvious side effects could be seen during the Rituximab therapy. Both children achieved complete remission with no relapse after being followed up for 4.3 and 4 years, respectively. Our limited experience show that Rituximab in combination with chemotherapy and Auto-PBSCT might have better therapeutic effects on Burkitt's lymphoma of children and the side effects of Rituximab therapy is minimal and can be well tolerated.

  K Huang , D. R Diener and J. L. Rosenbaum

The disassembly of cilia and flagella is linked to the cell cycle and environmental cues. We have found that ubiquitination of flagellar proteins is an integral part of flagellar disassembly. Free ubiquitin and the ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme CrUbc13 are detected in flagella, and several proteins are ubiquitinated in isolated flagella when exogenous ubiquitin and adenosine triphosphatase are added, suggesting that the ubiquitin conjugation system operates in flagella. Levels of ubiquitinated flagellar proteins increase during flagellar resorption, especially in intraflagellar transport (IFT) mutants, suggesting that disassembly products are labeled with ubiquitin and transported to the cell body by IFT. Substrates of the ubiquitin conjugation system include -tubulin (but not β-tubulin), a dynein subunit (IC2), two signaling proteins involved in the mating process, cyclic guanosine monophosphate–dependent kinase, and the cation channel polycystic kidney disease 2. Ubiquitination of flagellar proteins is enhanced early in mating, suggesting that ubiquitination also plays an active role in regulating signaling pathways in flagella.

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