Inflammatory glycoprotein 130 signaling links changes in microtubules and junctophilin-2 to altered mitochondrial metabolism and right ventricular contractility

Sasha Z. Prisco, Lynn M. Hartweck, Lauren Rose, Patricia D.A. Lima, Thenappan Thenappan, Stephen L. Archer, Kurt W. Prins

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BACKGROUND: Right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) is the leading cause of death in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but no RV-specific therapy exists. We showed microtubule-mediated junctophilin-2 dysregulation (MT-JPH2 pathway) causes t-tubule disruption and RVD in rodent PAH, but the druggable regulators of this critical pathway are unknown. GP130 (glycoprotein 130) activation induces cardiomyocyte microtubule remodeling in vitro; however, the effects of GP130 signaling on the MT-JPH2 pathway and RVD resulting from PAH are undefined. METHODS: Immunoblots quantified protein abundance, quantitative proteomics defined RV microtubule-interacting proteins (MT-interactome), metabolomics evaluated the RV metabolic signature, and transmission electron microscopy assessed RV cardiomyocyte mitochondrial morphology in control, monocrotaline, and monocrotaline-SC-144 (GP130 antagonist) rats. Echocardiography and pressure-volume loops defined the effects of SC-144 on RV-pulmonary artery coupling in monocrotaline rats (8–16 rats per group). In 73 patients with PAH, the relationship between interleukin-6, a GP130 ligand, and RVD was evaluated. RESULTS: SC-144 decreased GP130 activation, which normalized MT-JPH2 protein expression and t-tubule structure in the monocrotaline RV. Proteomics analysis revealed SC-144 restored RV MT-interactome regulation. Ingenuity pathway analysis of dysregulated MT-interacting proteins identified a link between microtubules and mitochondrial function. Specifically, SC-144 prevented dysregulation of electron transport chain, Krebs cycle, and the fatty acid oxidation pathway proteins. Metabolomics profiling suggested SC-144 reduced glycolytic dependence, glutaminolysis induction, and enhanced fatty acid metabolism. Transmission electron microscopy and immunoblots indicated increased mitochondrial fission in the monocrotaline RV, which SC-144 mitigated. GP130 antagonism reduced RV hypertrophy and fibrosis and augmented RV-pulmonary artery coupling without altering PAH severity. In patients with PAH, higher interleukin-6 levels were associated with more severe RVD (RV fractional area change 23±12% versus 30±10%, P=0.002). CONCLUSIONS: GP130 antagonism reduces MT-JPH2 dysregulation, corrects metabolic derangements in the RV, and improves RVD in monocrotaline rats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-81
Number of pages15
JournalCirculation: Heart Failure
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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  • Glycoprotein
  • Interleukin-6
  • Monocrotaline
  • Proteomics
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension


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