MicroRNA-204 Is Necessary for Aldosterone-Stimulated T-Type Calcium Channel Expression in Cardiomyocytes.


:Activation of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) in the heart is considered to be a cardiovascular risk factor. MR activation leads to heart hypertrophy and arrhythmia. In ventricular cardiomyocytes, aldosterone induces a profound remodeling of ion channel expression, in particular, an increase in the expression and activity of T-type voltage-gated calcium channels (T-channels). The molecular mechanisms immediately downstream from MR activation, which lead to the increased expression of T-channels and, consecutively, to an acceleration of spontaneous cell contractions in vitro, remain poorly investigated. Here, we investigated the putative role of a specific microRNA in linking MR activation to the regulation of T-channel expression and cardiomyocyte beating frequency. A screening assay identified microRNA 204 (miR-204) as one of the major upregulated microRNAs after aldosterone stimulation of isolated neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. Aldosterone significantly increased the level of miR-204, an effect blocked by the MR antagonist spironolactone. When miR-204 was overexpressed in isolated cardiomyocytes, their spontaneous beating frequency was significantly increased after 24 h, like upon aldosterone stimulation, and messenger RNAs coding T-channels (CaV3.1 and CaV3.2) were increased. Concomitantly, T-type calcium currents were significantly increased upon miR-204 overexpression. Specifically repressing the expression of miR-204 abolished the aldosterone-induced increase of CaV3.1 and CaV3.2 mRNAs, as well as T-type calcium currents. Finally, aldosterone and miR-204 overexpression were found to reduce REST-NRSF, a known transcriptional repressor of CaV3.2 T-type calcium channels. Our study thus strongly suggests that miR-204 expression stimulated by aldosterone promotes the expression of T-channels in isolated rat ventricular cardiomyocytes, and therefore, increases the frequency of the cell spontaneous contractions, presumably through the inhibition of REST-NRSF protein.


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Koyama R,Mannic T,Ito J,Amar L,Zennaro MC,Rossier MF,Maturana AD




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