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Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Glut4 Expression by ZAC1
Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, and Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada .
University of Manitoba, Canada .
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2010 (English)In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 285, no 22, 16942-16950 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The transcription factor ZAC1 is expressed in a variety of tissues including the developing heart, but its physiological role is unclear. We examined the role of ZAC1 in regulating expression of the insulin-responsive glucose transporter GLUT4 and whether ZAC1 expression is altered in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. We demonstrated expression of Zac1 mRNA and protein in rat cardiomyocytes by PCR and Western blotting, respectively. Using a combination of chromatin immunoprecipitation and luciferase assays, we showed that ZAC1 regulates Glut4 expression via a specific binding site in the Glut4 promoter. Overexpression of ZAC1 increased Glut4 mRNA and protein expression and resulted in increased glucose uptake in cardiomyocytes as determined by a fluorescent analog uptake assay. Induction of hypertrophy by phenylephrine or isoproterenol resulted in increased Zac1 expression. We identified a novel putative promoter in the Zac1 gene and demonstrated increased binding of MEF2 to this promoter in response to hypertrophic stimulation. MEF2 regulated transactivation of the Zac1 promoter and ZAC1 protein expression. This work identifies ZAC1 as a novel and previously unknown regulator of cardiomyocyte Glut4 expression and glucose uptake. Our results also implicate MEF2 as a regulator of ZAC1 expression in response to induction of hypertrophy.

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2010. Vol. 285, no 22, 16942-16950 p.
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Cardiac Hypertrophy, Gene Regulation, Glucose Transport, Transcription Factors, Transcription Regulation
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Cell and Molecular Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87128DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M109.097246PubMedID: 20363751OAI: diva2:585461
Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-10 Last updated: 2015-01-26

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