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NADPH Oxidase 4 Regulates Cardiomyocyte Differentiation via Redox Activation of c-Jun Protein and the cis-Regulation of GATA-4 Gene Transcription

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)15745-15759
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2013

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NADPH oxidase 4 (Nox4) generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can modulate cellular phenotype and function in part through the redox modulation of the activity of transcription factors. We demonstrate here the potential of Nox4 to drive cardiomyocyte differentiation in pluripotent embryonal carcinoma cells, and we show that this involves the redox activation of c-Jun. This in turn acts to up-regulate GATA-4 expression, one of the earliest markers of cardiotypic differentiation, through a defined and highly conserved cis-acting motif within the GATA-4 promoter. These data therefore suggest a mechanism whereby ROS act in pluripotential cells in vivo to regulate the initial transcription of critical tissue-restricted determinant(s) of the cardiomyocyte phenotype, including GATA-4. The ROS-dependent activation, mediated by Nox4, of widely expressed redox-regulated transcription factors, such as c-Jun, is fundamental to this process.

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