Calreticulin inhibits the MEK1,2-ERK1,2 pathway in α1-adrenergic receptor/Gh-stimulated hypertrophy of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes

Kyung Hye Lee, Namho Lee, Soyeon Lim, Heekyung Jung, Young Guk Ko, Hyun Young Park, Yangsoo Jang, Hakbae Lee, Ki Chul Hwang

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In cardiac myocytes, stimulation of α1-adrenoceptor (AR) leads to a hypertrophic phenotype. The Gh protein (transglutaminase II, TGII) is tissue type transglutaminase and transmits the α1B-adrenoceptor signal with GTPase activity. Recently, it has been shown that the calreticulin (CRT) down-regulates both GTP binding and transglutaminase activities of TGII. To elucidate whether Gh mediates norepinephrine-stimulated intracellular signal transductions leading to activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs) and neonatal rat cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, we examined the effects of Gh on the activation of ERKs and inhibitory effects of CRT on α1-adrenoceptor/Gh signaling. In neonatal rat cardiomyocytes, norepinephrine-induced ERKs activation was inhibited by an α1-adrenoceptor blocker (prazosin), but not by an β-adrenoceptor blocker (propranolol). Overexpression of the Gh protein stimulated norepinephrine-induced ERKs activation, which was inhibited by α-adrenoceptor blocker (prazosin). Co-overexpression of Gh and CRT abolished norepinephrine-induced ERKs activation. Taken together, norepinephrine induces hypertrophy in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes through α1-AR stimulation and Gh is partly involved in norepinephrine-induced MEK1,2/ERKs activation. Activation of Gh-mediated MEK1,2/ERKs was completely inhibited by CRT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant of the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (HMP-00-GN-01-0001).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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