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Ischemia-induced enhancement of CFTR expression on the plasma membrane in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes.

Authors: Uramoto, H  Takahashi, N  Dutta, AK  Sabirov, RZ  Ando-Akatsuka, Y  Morishima, S  Okada, Y 
Citation: Uramoto H, etal., Jpn J Physiol. 2003 Oct;53(5):357-65.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:14975182

Pathophysiological functions of cardiac cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (cCFTR) in ischemia are not well known. Using neonatal rat ventricular cardiomyocytes in primary culture in this study, we thus examined whether the CFTR protein is expressed and is functioning as a cAMP-activated anion channel on the plasma membrane under ischemic conditions. After the cells were subjected to simulated ischemia (O(2) and glucose deprivation), an up-regulation of the CFTR expression was transiently observed in the membrane fraction by Western blot. A peak expression of mature CFTR protein was found at 3 h of ischemia, and thereafter the signal diminished gradually. In contrast, the results of Northern blot indicated that the expression level of CFTR mRNA changed little until 3 h of ischemia, whereas the level slightly decreased after 8 h of ischemia. An immunohistochemical examination showed, in agreement with the results of Western blot analysis, that the expression of CFTR protein on the plasma membrane became most prominent at 3 h of ischemia, whereas the plasmalemmal CFTR signal was markedly reduced after 8 h of ischemia. Whole-cell recordings showed that the cardiomyocytes responded to cAMP with an activation of time- and voltage-independent currents that contained an anion-selective component sensitive to CFTR Cl(-) channel blockers (NPPB and glibenclamide) but not to a stilbene-derivative conventional Cl(-) channel blocker (SITS). This cAMP-activated Cl(-) channel current was found to be enhanced after an application of ischemic stress for 3 to 4 h. These findings indicate that a plasmalemmal expression of CFTR is transiently enhanced under glucose-free hypoxic conditions presumably because of a posttranslational control.

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