Inhibition of TRPC6 channel activity contributes to the antihypertrophic effects of natriuretic peptides-guanylyl cyclase-a signaling in the heart

Hideyuki Kinoshita, Koichiro Kuwahara, Motohiro Nishida, Zhong Jian, Xianglu Rong, Shigeki Kiyonaka, Yoshihiro Kuwabara, Hitoshi Kurose, Ryuji Inoue, Yasuo Mori, Yuhao Li, Yasuaki Nakagawa, Satoru Usami, Masataka Fujiwara, Yuko Yamada, Takeya Minami, Kenji Ueshima, Kazuwa Nakao

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Rationale: Atrial and brain natriuretic peptides (ANP and BNP, respectively) exert antihypertrophic effects in the heart via their common receptor, guanylyl cyclase (GC)-A, which catalyzes the synthesis of cGMP, leading to activation of protein kinase (PK)G. Still, much of the network of molecular mediators via which ANP/BNP-GC-A signaling inhibit cardiac hypertrophy remains to be characterized. Objective: We investigated the effect of ANP-GC-A signaling on transient receptor potential subfamily C (TRPC)6, a receptor-operated Ca channel known to positively regulate prohypertrophic calcineurin-nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) signaling. Methods and results: In cardiac myocytes, ANP induced phosphorylation of TRPC6 at threonine 69, the PKG phosphorylation site, and significantly inhibited agonist-evoked NFAT activation and Ca2+ influx, whereas in HEK293 cells, it dramatically inhibited agonist-evoked TRPC6 channel activity. These inhibitory effects of ANP were abolished in the presence of specific PKG inhibitors or by substituting an alanine for threonine 69 in TRPC6. In model mice lacking GC-A, the calcineurin-NFAT pathway is constitutively activated, and BTP2, a selective TRPC channel blocker, significantly attenuated the cardiac hypertrophy otherwise seen. Conversely, overexpression of TRPC6 in mice lacking GC-A exacerbated cardiac hypertrophy. BTP2 also significantly inhibited angiotensin II-induced cardiac hypertrophy in mice. Conclusions: Collectively, these findings suggest that TRPC6 is a critical target of antihypertrophic effects elicited via the cardiac ANP/BNP-GC-A pathway and suggest TRPC6 blockade could be an effective therapeutic strategy for preventing pathological cardiac remodeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1849-1860
Number of pages12
JournalCirculation research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 25 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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