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Mol Cell Biol. 2011 Jul;31(14):3068-80. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00925-10. Epub 2011 May 23.

Opposing roles of FoxP1 and Nfat3 in transcriptional control of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy.

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Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0650, USA.


Cardiac homeostasis is maintained by a balance of growth-promoting and growth-modulating factors. Sustained elevation of calcium signaling can induce cardiac hypertrophy through activation of Nfat family transcription factors. FoxP family transcription factors are known to interact with Nfat proteins and to modulate their transcriptional activities in lymphocytes. We investigated FoxP1 interaction with Nfat3 (Nfatc4) and their effects on transcription of hypertrophy-associated genes in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. FoxP1-Nfat3 complexes were visualized using bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) analysis. Calcineurin activation induced FoxP1-Nfat3 BiFC complex formation. Amino acid substitutions in the predicted interaction interface inhibited it. FoxP1 repressed hypertrophy-associated genes (Myh7, Rcan1, Cx43, Anf, and Bnp) and counteracted their activation by constitutively nuclear Nfat3 (cnNfat3). In contrast, FoxP1 activated genes that maintain normal heart functions (Myh6 and p57Kip2) and cnNfat3 counteracted their activation by FoxP1. Amino acid substitutions in FoxP1 or cnNfat3 that inhibited their interaction abrogated the activation of hypertrophy-associated gene transcription by cnNfat3 and the repression of these genes by FoxP1. FoxP1 and Nfat3 co-occupied the promoter regions of hypertrophy-associated genes in neonatal and adult heart tissue. FoxP1 counteracted hypertrophic cardiomyocyte growth, and connexin 43 mislocalization caused by cnNfat3 expression. These data suggest that the opposing transcriptional activities of FoxP1 and Nfat3 maintain cardiomyocyte homeostasis.

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