Role of mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway in reactive oxygen species-mediated endothelin-1-induced β-myosin heavy chain gene expression and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy

Tzu-Hurng Cheng, Neng Lang Shih, Cheng-Hsien Chen, Heng Lin, Ju-Chi Liu, Hung Hsing Chao, Jer Young Liou, Yen Ling Chen, Hsing Wen Tsai, Yee Shiuan Chen, Ching Feng Cheng, J. J. Chen

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Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been found to increase cardiac β-myosin heavy chain (β-MyHC) gene expression and induce hypertrophy in cardiomyocytes. ET-1 has been demonstrated to increase intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cardiomyocytes. The exact molecular mechanism by which ROS regulate ET-1-induced β-MyHC gene expression and hypertrophy in cardiomyocytes, however, has not yet been fully described. We aim to elucidate the molecular regulatory mechanism of ROS on ET-1-induced β-MyHC gene expression and hypertrophic signaling in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. Following stimulation with ET-1, cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were examined for 3H-leucine incorporation and β-MyHC promoter activities. The effects of antioxidant pretreatment on ET-1-induced cardiac hypertrophy and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPKs) phosphorylation were studied to elucidate the redox-sensitive pathway in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and β-MyHC gene expression. ET-1 increased 3H-leucine incorporation and β-MyHC promoter activities, which were blocked by the specific ET A receptor antagonist BQ-485. Antioxidants significantly reduced ET-1-induced 3H-leucine incorporation, β-MyHC gene promoter activities and MAPK (extracellular signal-regulated kinase, p38, and c-Jun NH2 -terminal kinase) phosphorylation. Both PD98059 and SB203580 inhibited ET-1-increased 3H-leucine incorporation and β-MyHC promoter activities. Co-transfection of the dominant negative mutant of Ras, Raf, and MEK1 decreased the ET-1-induced β-MyHC promoter activities, suggesting that the Ras-Raf-MAPK pathway is required for ET-1 action. Truncation analysis of the β-MyHC gene promoter showed that the activator protein-2 (AP-2)/specificity protein-1 (SP-1) binding site(s) were(was) important cis-element(s) in ET-1-induced β-MyHC gene expression. Moreover, ET-1-induced AP-2 and SP-1 binding activities were also inhibited by antioxidant. These data demonstrate the involvement of ROS in ET-1-induced hypertrophic responses and β-MyHC expression. ROS mediate ET-1-induced activation of MAPK pathways, which culminates in hypertrophic responses and β-MyHC expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biomedical Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005



  • β-myosin heavy chain gene
  • Cardiomyocyte
  • Endothelin-1
  • Hypertrophy
  • Rat
  • Reactive oxygen species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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