Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1128/MCB.01946-06
Title: The mitochondrial respiratory chain controls intracellular calcium signaling and NFAT activity essential for heart formation in Xenopus laevis
Authors: Chen, Y.
Wai, H.Y.
Fu, J. 
Huang, G.
Melendez, A.J.
Ibrahim, F.B.M.
Lu, H.
Cao, X. 
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Source: Chen, Y.,Wai, H.Y.,Fu, J.,Huang, G.,Melendez, A.J.,Ibrahim, F.B.M.,Lu, H.,Cao, X. (2007-09). The mitochondrial respiratory chain controls intracellular calcium signaling and NFAT activity essential for heart formation in Xenopus laevis. Molecular and Cellular Biology 27 (18) : 6420-6432. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1128/MCB.01946-06
Abstract: The mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) plays crucial roles in cellular energy production. However, its function in early embryonic development remains largely unknown. To address this issue, GRIM-19, a newly identified MRC complex I subunit, was knocked down in Xenopus laevis embryos. A severe deficiency in heart formation was observed, and the deficiency could be rescued by reintroducing human GRIM-19 mRNA. The mechanism involved was further investigated. We found that the activity of NFAT, a transcription factor family that contributes to early organ development, was downregulated in GRIM-19 knockdown embryos. Furthermore, the expression of a constitutively active form of mouse NFATc4 in these embryos rescued the heart developmental defects. NFAT activity is controlled by a calcium-dependent protein phosphatase, calcineurin, which suggests that calcium signaling may be disrupted by GRIM-19 knockdown. Indeed, both the calcium response and calcium-induced NFAT activity were impaired in the GRIM-19 or NDUFS3 (another complex I subunit) knockdown cell lines. We also showed that NFAT can rescue expression of Nkx2.5, which is one of the key genes for early heart development. Our data demonstrated the essential role of MRC in heart formation and revealed the signal transduction and gene expression cascade involved in this process. Copyright © 2007, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
Source Title: Molecular and Cellular Biology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/53507
ISSN: 02707306
DOI: 10.1128/MCB.01946-06
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