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J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2000 Oct;32(10):1767-78.

Angiotensin II induces nuclear factor- kappa B activation in cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes through protein kinase C signaling pathway.

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INSERM Unité U492, Faculté de Médecine, 8 rue du Général Sarrail, Créteil, 94010, France.


Rat neonatal ventricular cardiomyocytes (RNVM) possess G protein-coupled AT(1)receptors for angiotensin II (AngII) that activate multiple intracellular pathways. To elucidate potential signaling mechanisms involved, we focussed on the nuclear transcription factor-kappa B (NF- kappa B) in RNVM culture. Using specific antibody to NF- kappa Bp65, immunolocalization of NF- kappa B was cytoplasmic in unstimulated cardiomyocytes, whereas NF- kappa B was translocated into the RNVM nucleus in response to AngII. This translocation was inhibited in the presence of calphostin C, a specific inhibitor of protein kinase C (PKC). Western blot analysis showed an increase of NF- kappa B in AngII-stimulated cardiomyocyte nuclear extracts as compared to controls. Biomolecular interaction analysis (BIA analysis) of NF- kappa B activation showed that only AngII-nuclear extracts bound to NF- kappa B consensus sequence with a high degree of affinity. This DNA-binding capacity was completely lost in calphostin C-treated cells. At transcriptional level in RNVM, AngII mediates the upregulation of matrix gelatinase (MMP-9), which is totally inhibited by calphostin C treatment. In conclusion, cardiomyocyte nuclear NF- kappa B translocation in response to Ang II via PKC pathway activates cardiomyocyte-specific transcription of MMP-9 and may activate transcription from responsive genes which are involved in cardiac hypertrophy process and/or cardiac remodeling.

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