Loss of mitochondrial exo/endonuclease EXOG affects mitochondrial respiration and induces ROS mediated cardiomyocyte hypertrophy

Wardit Tigchelaar, Hongjuan Yu, Anne Margreet De Jong, Wiek H van Gilst, Pim van der Harst, B Daan Westenbrink, Rudolf A de Boer, Herman H W Sillje*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Recently, a genetic variant in the mitochondrial exo/endo nuclease EXOG, which has been implicated in mitochondrial DNA repair, was associated with cardiac function. The function of EXOG in cardiomyocytes is still elusive. Here we investigated the role of EXOG in mitochondrial function and hypertrophy in cardiomyocytes. Depletion of EXOG in primary neonatal rat ventricular cardiomyocytes (NRVCs) induced a marked increase in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. Depletion of EXOG however, did not result in loss of mitochondrial DNA integrity. Although EXOG depletion did not induce fetal gene expression and common hypertrophy pathways were not activated, a clear increase in ribosomal S6 phosphorylation was observed, which readily explains increased protein synthesis. Using a Seahorse flux analyzer, it was shown that mitochondrial oxidative consumption rate (OCR) was increased 2.4 fold in EXOG depleted NRVCs. Moreover, ATP-linked OCR was 5.2 fold higher. This increase was not explained by mitochondrial biogenesis or alterations in mitochondrial membrane potential. Western blotting confirmed normal levels of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) complexes. The increased OCR was accompanied by an 5.4 fold increase in mitochondrial ROS levels. These increased ROS levels could be normalized with specific mitochondrial ROS scavengers (MitoTEMPO, mnSOD). Remarkably scavenging of excess ROS strongly attenuated the hypertrophic response. In conclusion, loss of EXOG affects normal mitochondrial function resulting in increased mitochondrial respiration, excess ROS production and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)C155-C163
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftAmerican journal of physiology-Cell physiology
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - 15-jan-2015

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