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Glucocorticoids Induce Cardiac Fibrosis via Mineralocorticoid Receptor in Oxidative Stress: Contribution of Elongation Factor Eleven-Nineteen Lysine-Rich Leukemia (ELL).

PMID 25349466


Cardiac fibrosis is considered to be a crucial factor in the development of heart failure. Blockade of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) attenuated cardiac fibrosis and improved the prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure but the ligand for MR and the regulatory mechanism of MR pathway in the diseased heart are unclear. Here, we investigated whether glucocorticoids can promote cardiac fibrosis through MR in oxidative stress and the involvement of elongation factor eleven-nineteen lysine-rich leukemia (ELL), a co-activator of MR, in this pathway. The MR antagonist eplerenone attenuated corticosterone-induced collagen synthesis assessed by [(3)H]proline incorporation in rat neonatal cultured cardiac fibroblasts in the presence of H2O2, as an oxidative stress but not in the absence of H2O2. H2O2 increased the ELL expression levels and MR-bound ELL. ELL expression levels and MR-bound ELL were also increased in the left ventricle of heart failure model rats with significant fibrosis and enhanced oxidative stress. Eplerenone did not attenuate corticosterone-induced increase of [(3)H]proline incorporation in the presence of H2O2 after knockdown of ELL expression using small interfering RNA in cardiac fibroblasts. Glucocorticoids can promote cardiac fibrosis via MR in oxidative stress, and oxidative stress modulates MR response to glucocorticoids through the interaction with ELL. Preventing cardiac fibrosis by modulating glucocorticoid-MR-ELL pathway may become a new therapeutic strategy for heart failure.

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