HAX-1 regulates SERCA2a oxidation and degradation


Bidwell PA, Liu GS, Nagarajan N, Lam CK, Haghighi K, Gardner G, Cai WF, Zhao W, Mugge L, Vafiadaki E, et al. HAX-1 regulates SERCA2a oxidation and degradation. J Mol Cell CardiolJ Mol Cell CardiolJ Mol Cell Cardiol. 2018;114:220-233.


Ischemia/reperfusion injury is associated with contractile dysfunction and increased cardiomyocyte death. Overexpression of the hematopoietic lineage substrate-1-associated protein X-1 (HAX-1) has been shown to protect from cellular injury but the function of endogenous HAX-1 remains obscure due to early lethality of the knockout mouse. Herein we generated a cardiac-specific and inducible HAX-1 deficient model, which uncovered an unexpected role of HAX-1 in regulation of sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca-ATPase (SERCA2a) in ischemia/reperfusion injury. Although ablation of HAX-1 in the adult heart elicited no morphological alterations under non-stress conditions, it diminished contractile recovery and increased infarct size upon ischemia/reperfusion injury. These detrimental effects were associated with increased loss of SERCA2a. Enhanced SERCA2a degradation was not due to alterations in calpain and calpastatin levels or calpain activity. Conversely, HAX-1 overexpression improved contractile recovery and maintained SERCA2a levels. The regulatory effects of HAX-1 on SERCA2a degradation were observed at multiple levels, including intact hearts, isolated cardiomyocytes and sarcoplasmic reticulum microsomes. Mechanistically, HAX-1 ablation elicited increased production of reactive oxygen species at the sarco/endoplasic reticulum compartment, resulting in SERCA2a oxidation and a predisposition to its proteolysis. This effect may be mediated by NAPDH oxidase 4 (NOX4), a novel binding partner of HAX-1. Accordingly, NOX inhibition with apocynin abrogated the effects of HAX-1 ablation in hearts subjected to ischemia/reperfusion injury. Taken together, our findings reveal a role of HAX-1 in the regulation of oxidative stress and SERCA2a degradation, implicating its importance in calcium homeostasis and cell survival pathways.


Bidwell, Philip ALiu, Guan-ShengNagarajan, NarayaniLam, Chi KeungHaghighi, KobraGardner, GeorgeCai, Wen-FengZhao, WenMugge, LukeVafiadaki, ElizabethSanoudou, DespinaRubinstein, JackLebeche, DjamelHajjar, RogerSadoshima, JunichiKranias, Evangelia GengR01 HL026057/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/R01 HL064018/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/R01 HL129814/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/T32 HL125204/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS/Research Support, N.I.H., ExtramuralResearch Support, Non-U.S. Gov'tEngland2017/11/25 06:00J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2018 Jan;114:220-233. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2017.11.014. Epub 2017 Nov 21.