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Title: Changes in Stress-Mediated Markers in a Human Cardiomyocyte Cell Line under Hyperglycemia
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, especially cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the smooth muscles of the heart become thick and rigid, affecting the functioning of cardiomyocytes, the contractile cells of the heart. Uncontrolled elevated glucose levels over time can result in oxidative stress, which could lead to inflammation and altered epigenetic mechanisms. In the current study, we investigated whether hyperglycemia can modify cardiac function by directly affecting these changes in cardiomyocytes. To evaluate the adverse effect of high glucose, we measured the levels of gap junction protein, connexin 43, which is responsible for modulating cardiac electric activities and Troponin I, a part of the troponin complex in the heart muscles, commonly used as cardiac markers of ischemic heart disease. AC16 human cardiomyocyte cells were used in this study. Under hyperglycemic conditions, these cells demonstrated altered levels of connexin 43 and Troponin-I after 24 h of exposure. We also examined hyperglycemia induced changes in epigenetic markers: H3K9me1, Sirtuin-1 (SIRT1), and histone deacetylase (HDAC)-2 as well as in inflammatory and stress-related mediators, such as heat shock protein (HSP)-60, receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE), toll-like receptor (TLR)-4, high mobility group box (HMGB)-1 and CXC chemokine receptor (CXCR)-4. more » Cardiomyocytes exposed to 25mM glucose resulted in the downregulation of HSP60 and SIRT1 after 48 h. We further examined that hyperglycemia mediated the decrease in the gap junction protein CX43, as well as CXC chemokine receptor CXCR4 which may affect the physiological functions of the cardiomyocytes when exposed to high glucose for 24 and 48 h. Upregulated expression of DNA-binding nuclear protein HMGB1, along with changes in histone methylation marker H3K9me1 have demonstrated hyperglycemia-induced damage to cardiomyocyte at 24 h of exposure. Our study established that 24 to 48 h of hyperglycemic exposure could stimulate stress-mediated inflammatory mediators in cardiomyocytes in vitro. These stress-related changes in hyperglycemia-induced cardiomyocytes may further initiate an increase in injury markers which eventually could alter the epigenetic processes. Therefore, epigenetic and inflammatory mechanisms in conjunction with alterations in a downstream signaling pathway could have a direct effect on the functionality of the cardiomyocytes exposed to high glucose during short and long-term exposures. « less
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