Genetic Reduction in Left Ventricular Protein Kinase C-α and Adverse Ventricular Remodeling in Human Subjects.

Circ Genom Precis Med

BACKGROUND: Inhibition of PKC-α (protein kinase C-α) enhances contractility and cardioprotection in animal models, but effects in humans are unknown. Genotypes at rs9912468 strongly associate with expression in the left ventricle, enabling genetic approaches to measure effects of reduced PKC-α in human populations.

METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed the expression quantitative trait locus for marked by rs9912468 using 313 left ventricular specimens from European Ancestry patients. The forward strand minor allele (G) at rs9912468 is associated with reduced PKC-α transcript abundance (1.7-fold reduction in minor allele homozygotes, =1×10). This association was cardiac specific in expression quantitative trait locus data sets that span 16 human tissues. Cardiac epigenomic data revealed a predicted enhancer in complete (=1.0) linkage disequilibrium with rs9912468 within intron 2 of We cloned this region and used reporter constructs to verify cardiac-specific enhancer activity in vitro in cardiac and noncardiac cells and in vivo in zebrafish. The enhancer contains 2 common genetic variants and 4 haplotypes; the haplotype correlated with the rs9912468 PKC-α-lowering allele (G) showed lowest activity. In contrast to previous reports in animal models, the PKC-α-lowering allele is associated with adverse left ventricular remodeling (higher mass, larger diastolic dimension), reduced fractional shortening, and higher risk of dilated cardiomyopathy in human populations.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings support PKC-α as a regulator of the human heart but suggest that PKC-α inhibition may adversely affect the left ventricle depending on timing and duration. Pharmacological studies in human subjects are required to discern potential benefits and harms of PKC-α inhibitors as an approach to treat heart disease.

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Circ Genom Precis Med
Date Published
2018 03
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K24 HL105780 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL092577 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL098283 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
T32 HL007208 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL105993 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
TL1 TR000138 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL088577 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R01 HL113933 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States