Endothelin-1 activates Homer 1α expression via mitogen-activated protein kinase in cardiac myocytes

Takahiro Kawamoto, Kiyonori Togi, Ryoko Yamauchi, Yoshinori Yoshida, Yasuhiro Nakashima, Toru Kita, Makoto Tanaka
2006 International Journal of Molecular Medicine  
Homer proteins are a family of scaffolding proteins which may play an important role in calcium signaling by facilitating the assembly of signaling complexes in neuronal cells. Among the three splice variants of Homer 1, Homer 1a is rapidly up-regulated by neural stimulation and may regulate the disassembly of signaling complexes mediated by Homer proteins. In spite of its potential importance in calcium signaling, the regulation of Homer 1a expression in cardiac myocytes has never been
more » ... ated. In this study, we examined the regulation of Homer 1a expression in cardiac myocytes. Homer 1a was significantly up-regulated by several hypertrophic agonists, including endothelin-1 (ET-1), phenylephrine, isoprotenerol and angiotensin-II, and ET-1 most strikingly induced Homer 1a expression. The induction of Homer 1a expression by ET-1 peaked at 2 h and inhibitors for mitogen-activated/extracellular signal regulated kinase (MEK) significantly suppressed the induction of Homer 1a. This study first clarified the regulation of Homer 1a expression in cardiac myocytes and demonstrated that ET-1 induced Homer 1a expression through the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway.
doi:10.3892/ijmm.18.1.193 fatcat:hek52h4jurhh3li7qvgu6t77x4