Objective and design: The receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) is an innate immunity receptor that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. However, the possibility that RAGE-mediated signaling is involved in angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced cardiac left ventricular hypertrophy has yet to be investigated. We therefore determined whether RAGE has a role in regulating pathological cardiac hypertrophy. Materials and subjects: Protein abundance was estimated using Western blotting and intracellular ROS level and phospho-p65 were detected using fluorescence microscopy. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to detect HMGB1 and IL-1β. All in vitro experiments were performed using H9C2 cells. Treatments: To induce cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, 300 nM Ang II was treated for 48 h and 2 µg/ml sRAGE was treated 1 h prior to addition of Ang II. Results: sRAGE attenuated Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy by downregulating RAGE and angiotensin II type 1 receptor expression. Secretion levels of high motility group box 1 and interleukin-1β, estimated from a cell culture medium, were significantly reduced by sRAGE. Activated PKCs and ERK1/2, important signals in left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) development, were downregulated by sRAGE treatment. Furthermore, we found that nuclear factor-κB and NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) were associated with RAGE-mediated cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. Conclusions: In the context of these results, we conclude that RAGE induces cardiac hypertrophy through the activation of the PKCs-ERK1/2 and NF-κB-NLRP3-IL1β signaling pathway, and suggest that RAGE-NLRP3 may be an important mediator of Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. In addition, we determined that inhibition of RAGE activation with soluble RAGE (sRAGE) has a protective effect on Ang II-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy.
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