C-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK-1) confers protection against brief but not extended ischemia during acute myocardial infarction

Jianqin Wei, Weiwen Wang, Ines Chopra, Hui Fang Li, Christopher J. Dougherty, Jennipher Adi, Nikhil Adi, Huilan Wang, Keith A. Webster

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Brief periods of ischemia do not damage the heart and can actually protect against reperfusion injury caused by extended ischemia. It is not known what causes the transition from protection to irreversible damage as ischemia progresses. c-Jun N-terminal kinase-1 (JNK-1) is a stress-regulated kinase that is activated by reactive oxygen and thoughtto promote injury during severe acute myocardial infarction. Because some reports suggest that JNK-1 can also be protective, we hypothesized that the function of JNK-1 depends on the metabolic state of the heart at the time of reperfusion, a condition that changes progressively with duration of ischemia. Mice treated with JNK-1 inhibitors or transgenic mice wherein the JNK-1 gene was ablated were subjected to 5 or 20 min of ischemia followed by reperfusion. When JNK-1 was inactive, ischemia of only 5 min duration caused massive apoptosis, infarction, and negative remodeling that was equivalent to or greater than extended ischemia. Conversely, when ischemia was extended JNK-1 inactivation was protective. Mechanisms of the JNK-1 switch in function were investigated in vivo and in cultured cardiac myocytes. In vitro there was a comparable switch in the function of JNK-1 from protective when ATP levels were maintained during hypoxia to injurious when reoxygenation followed glucose and ATP depletion. Both apoptotic and necrotic death pathways were affected and responded reciprocally to JNK-1 inhibitors. JNK-1 differentially regulated Akt phosphorylation of the regulatory sites Ser-473 and Thr-450 and the catalytic Thr-308 site in vivo. The studies defineanovel role for JNK-1 asaconditional survival kinase that protects the heart against brief but not protracted ischemia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13995-14006
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 22 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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