Chinese Journal of Physiology

: 2019  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 139--147

Adenine decreases hypertrophic effects through interleukin-18 receptor

Yi-Feng Yang, Yao-Jen Liang 
 Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Engineering; Department and Institute of Life Science, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yao-Jen Liang
Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Engineering, Fu-Jen Catholic University, No. 510 Zhongzheng Road, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City 24205

Cardiac hypertrophy is the main cause of heart failure. Levels of circulating interleukin-18 (IL-18) have been reported to increase in congestive heart disease and cardiac hypertrophy. Relationships among IL-18 levels, IL-18 receptor (IL-18R) expression, and cardiac hypertrophy remain unclear. IL-18 can induce cardiac hypertrophy in cardiomyoblasts. We also studied IL-18R messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein expression through quantitative-polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. Furthermore, we treated cardiomyoblasts with adenine, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), and inhibitors to analyze the morphology and identify signaling pathways involved in cardiac hypertrophy. Moreover, we studied the effects of IL-18R small interfering RNA (siRNA) on signaling pathways through Western blotting. The mRNA expression of IL-18R in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts, which was induced by IL-18, increased significantly after 8 h, and the protein level increased significantly after 15 h. Morphological examination of H9c2 cardiomyoblasts showed that cell volume and cell diameter decreased after adenine pretreatment. Both p38 MAPK and PI3 kinase are biomarkers in the pathway correlated with cardiac hypertrophy. After treatment with inhibitors SB203580 and LY294002, the levels of p38 MAPK and PI3 kinase, respectively, decreased along with cell size and IL-18R expression. Treatment with adenine, but not AuNPs, reduced the levels of phosphorylated p38 and PI3 kinase expression more effectively than did treatment with the respective inhibitors alone. IL-18R siRNA significantly reduced cell size but not PI3 kinase expression and phosphorylation of p38 MAPK. However, adenine treatment reduced PI3 kinase expression after treatment with IL-18R siRNA. In this study, IL-18 induced cardiomyoblast hypertrophy through IL-18R upregulation, which was found to be related to p38 MAPK and PI3 kinase signaling. Adenine, but not AuNPs, showed antihypertrophic effects possibly because of decreased levels of signaling.

How to cite this article:
Yang YF, Liang YJ. Adenine decreases hypertrophic effects through interleukin-18 receptor.Chin J Physiol 2019;62:139-147

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Yang YF, Liang YJ. Adenine decreases hypertrophic effects through interleukin-18 receptor. Chin J Physiol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 29 ];62:139-147
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