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Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010 Dec;299(6):H1908-16. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00250.2010. Epub 2010 Oct 8.

p53 and TIGAR regulate cardiac myocyte energy homeostasis under hypoxic stress.

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  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.


Bioenergetic homeostasis is altered in heart failure and may play an important role in pathogenesis. p53 has been implicated in heart failure, and although its role in regulating tumorigenesis is well characterized, its activities on cellular metabolism are just beginning to be understood. We investigated the role of p53 and its transcriptional target gene TP53-induced glycolysis and apoptosis regulator (TIGAR) in myocardial energy metabolism under conditions simulating ischemia that can lead to heart failure. Expression of p53 and TIGAR was markedly upregulated after myocardial infarction, and apoptotic myocytes were decreased by 42% in p53-deficient mouse hearts compared with those in wild-type mice. To examine the effect of p53 on energy metabolism, cardiac myocytes were exposed to hypoxia. Hypoxia induced p53 and TIGAR expression in a p53-dependent manner. Knockdown of p53 or TIGAR increased glycolysis with elevated fructose-2,6-bisphosphate levels and reduced myocyte apoptosis. Hypoxic stress decreased phosphocreatine content and the mitochondrial membrane potential of myocytes without changes in ATP content, the effects of which were prevented by the knockdown of TIGAR. Inhibition of glycolysis by 2-deoxyglucose blocked these bioenergetic effects and TIGAR siRNA-mediated prevention of apoptosis, and, in contrast, overexpression of TIGAR reduced glucose utilization and increased apoptosis. Our data demonstrate that p53 and TIGAR inhibit glycolysis in hypoxic myocytes and that inhibition of glycolysis is closely involved in apoptosis, suggesting that p53 and TIGAR are significant mediators of cellular energy homeostasis and cell death under ischemic stress.

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