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Circ Res. 2001 Jun 22;88(12):1306-13.

Protein kinase C epsilon-Src modules direct signal transduction in nitric oxide-induced cardioprotection: complex formation as a means for cardioprotective signaling.

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Department of Physiology, Division of Cardiology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA.


An essential role for protein kinase C epsilon (PKCepsilon) has been shown in multiple forms of cardioprotection; however, there is a distinct paucity of information concerning the signaling architecture that is responsible for the manifestation of a protective phenotype. We and others have recently shown that signal transduction may proceed via the formation of signaling complexes (Circ Res. 2001;88:59-62). In order to understand if the assembly of multiprotein complexes is the manner by which signaling is conducted in cardioprotection, we designed a series of experiments to characterize the associations of Src tyrosine kinase with PKCepsilon in a conscious rabbit model of nitric oxide (NO)-induced late preconditioning. Our data demonstrate that PKCepsilon and Src can form functional signaling modules in vitro: PKCepsilon interacts with Src; the association with PKCepsilon activates Src; and adult cardiac cells receiving recombinant adenoviruses encoding PKCepsilon exhibit increased Src activity. Furthermore, our results show that NO-induced late preconditioning involved PKCepsilon-Src module formation and enhanced the enzymatic activity of PKCepsilon-associated Src. Inhibition of PKC blocked cardioprotection, module formation, and PKCepsilon-associated Src activity, providing direct evidence for a functional role of the PKCepsilon-Src module in the orchestration of NO-induced cardioprotection in conscious rabbits.

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