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Int J Biol Sci 2013; 9(3):295-302. doi:10.7150/ijbs.5976

Research Paper

Choline Protects Against Cardiac Hypertrophy Induced by Increased After-load

Yilei Zhao1, Chen Wang1, Jianwei Wu1, Yan Wang1, Wenliang Zhu1, Yong Zhang2, Zhimin Du1,✉

1. Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, China;
2. Department of Pharmacology, the State-Province Key Laboratories of Biomedicine- Pharmaceutics of China, Key Laboratory of Cardiovascular Research, Harbin Medical University, China.

Abstract

Background: Although inadequate intake of essential nutrient choline has been known to significantly increase cardiovascular risk, whether additional supplement of choline offering a protection against cardiac hypertrophy remain unstudied.

Methods: The effects of choline supplements on pathological cardiac hypertrophic growth induced by transverse aorta constriction (TAC) for three weeks and cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in cultured cells induced by isoproterenol (ISO) 10 μM for 48 h stimulation were investigated. Western blot analysis and real-time PCR were used to determine the expression of ANP, BNP, β-MHC, miR-133a and Calcineurin.

Results: Administration of 14 mg/kg choline to mice undergone TAC effectively attenuated the cardiac hypertrophic responses, as indicated by the reduced heart weight, left ventricular weight, ventricular thickness, and reduced expression of biomarker genes of cardiac hypertrophy. This anti-hypertrophic efficacy was reproduced in a cellular model of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy induced by isoproterenol in cultured neonatal cardiomyocytes. Our results further showed that choline rescued the aberrant downregulation of the muscle-specific microRNA miR-133a expression, a recently identified anti-hypertrophic factor, and restored the elevated calcineurin protein level, the key signaling molecule for the development of cardiac hypertrophy. These effects of choline were abolished by the M3 mAChR-specific antagonist 4-DAMP.

Conclusion: Our study unraveled for the first time the cardioprotection of choline against cardiac hypertrophy, with correction of expression of miR-133a and calcineurin as a possible mechanism. Our findings suggest that choline supplement may be considered for adjunct anti-hypertrophy therapy.

Keywords: choline, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyocyte, miR-133a, Calcineurin.

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How to cite this article:
Zhao Y, Wang C, Wu J, Wang Y, Zhu W, Zhang Y, Du Z. Choline Protects Against Cardiac Hypertrophy Induced by Increased After-load. Int J Biol Sci 2013; 9(3):295-302. doi:10.7150/ijbs.5976. Available from http://www.ijbs.com/v09p0295.htm