Critical role of extracellular heat shock cognate protein 70 in the myocardial inflammatory response and cardiac dysfunction after global ischemia-reperfusion.

Authors: Zou, N  Ao, L  Cleveland JC, JR  Yang, X  Su, X  Cai, GY  Banerjee, A  Fullerton, DA  Meng, X 
Citation: Zou N, etal., Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 Jun;294(6):H2805-13. Epub 2008 Apr 25.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18441202
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1152/ajpheart.00299.2008

Previous studies showed that Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) modulates the myocardial inflammatory response to ischemia-reperfusion injury, and we recently found that cytokines link TLR4 to postischemic cardiac dysfunction. Although TLR4 can be activated in cultured cells by endogenous agents including heat shock protein 70, how it is activated during myocardial ischemia-reperfusion is unknown. In the present study, we examined 1) whether heat shock cognate protein 70 (HSC70), which is constitutively expressed in the myocardium, is released during ischemia-reperfusion; 2) whether extracellular HSC70 induces the myocardial inflammatory response and modulates cardiac function; and 3) whether HSC70 exerts these effects via TLR4. We subjected isolated mouse hearts to global ischemia-reperfusion via the Langendorff technique. Immunoblotting and immunostaining detected the release of HSC70 from the myocardium during reperfusion. Treatment with an antibody specific to HSC70 suppressed myocardial cytokine expression and improved cardiac functional recovery after ischemia-reperfusion. Recombinant HSC70 induced NF-kappaB activation and cytokine expression and depressed myocardial contractility in a TLR4-dependent manner. These effects required the substrate-binding domain of HSC70. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer analysis of isolated macrophages demonstrated that extracellular HSC70 interacts with TLR4. Therefore, this study demonstrates for the first time that 1) the myocardium releases HSC70 during ischemia-reperfusion, 2) extracellular HSC70 contributes to the postischemic myocardial inflammatory response and to cardiac dysfunction, 3) HSC70 exerts these effects through a TLR4-dependent mechanism, and 4) the substrate-binding domain of HSC70 is required to induce these effects. Thus extracellular HSC70 plays a critical role in regulating the myocardial innate immune response and cardiac function after ischemia-reperfusion.


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RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.