LRP6 modulates the phosphorylation of Cx43 via Gαs in ventricular tachycardia of myocardial infarction
Background Ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation are the most causes of early death in patients with myocardial infarction (MI). This study was aimed to explore whether LRP6 and its upstream genes circRNA1615 and miR-152-3p modulated the phosphorylation of Connexin-43 (Cx43) via Gαs in VT of MI. Method we constructed the hypoxia cardiomyocyte model and AMI mice, and explored the modulation relationship of LRP6 and its upstream genes circRNA1615 and miR-152-3p. In addition, the immunoblot analysis with monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies were used to detect whether LRP6 and Cx43 were phosphorylated, further investigated that the LRP6 regulated the phosphorylation of its downstream target Cx43 via G-protein alpha subunit Gαs by using cell transfection, FISH assay, HE staining, RTqPCR, and Western blot techniques. Result LRP6 mRNA expression was significantly reduced in AMI group compared with the control group. Hypoxia could inhibit the protein and phosphorylation levels of LRP6 and Cx43. The expression of circRNA1615 in AMI mice was significantly decreased, but overexpression of circRNA1615 significantly reversed the inhibitory effect of AMI. Also overexpression of circRNA1615 could weaken the effect of miR-152-3p mimic, and the miR-152-3p mimic increased the hypoxia injury of LRP6 and Cx43, further LRP6 interference fragments could aggravate hypoxia injury of Cx43. The overexpression of LRP6 could significantly increase the protein level and phosphorylation level of Cx43, but the interference with LRP6 showed the opposite trend. Noticeably, the interference with Gαs weakened the protein and phosphorylation levels of Cx43, however, the interference with LRP6 and Gαs further inhibited the protein and phosphorylation levels of Cx43. Finally, the transcriptions of circRNA1615 and LRP6 were inhibited in AMI, but the transcription of miR-152-3p was promoted, and the overexpression of circRNA1615 could weaken the damage effect and VT of AMI. Conclusion LRP6 and its upstream genes circRNA1615 and miR-152-3p modulated the phosphorylation of Cx43 via Gαs in VT of MI.