NFATc4 is negatively regulated in miR-133a-mediated cardiomyocyte hypertrophic repression. Academic Article uri icon


  • Activation of NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T cells)-mediated hypertrophic signaling is a major regulatory response to hypertrophic stimuli. A recent study unveiled potential regulatory roles for microRNA-133a (miR-133a) in cardiac hypertrophy. To date, however, no connection has been made between miR-133a and NFAT signaling. In this study, we determined that NFATc4, a hypertrophy-associated mediator, is negatively regulated by miR-133a. Two conserved base-pairing sites between the NFATc4 3'-untranslated region (UTR) and miR-133a were verified. Mutation of these sites in the NFATc4 3'-UTR completely blocked the negative effect of miR-133a on NFATc4, suggesting that NFATc4 is a direct target for miR-133a regulation. Using a gain-of-function approach, we demonstrate that miR-133 significantly reduces the endogenous level of, as well as the hypertrophic stimulus-mediated increase in, NFATc4 gene expression. This latter effect of miR-133a on NFATc4 gene expression was coincided with an attenuated cardiomyocyte hypertrophy induced by an alpha-adrenergic receptor agonist. Conversely, cells treated with miR-133a inhibitor resulted in an increase in NFATc4 expression level. Application of miR-133a had no apparent effect on NFATc4 nuclear localization. We conclude that the negative regulation of NFATc4 expression contributes to miR-133a-mediated hypertrophic repression.

published proceedings

  • Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, Q. i., Lin, X. i., Yang, X., & Chang, J.

citation count

  • 86

complete list of authors

  • Li, Qi||Lin, Xi||Yang, Xiangsheng||Chang, Jiang

publication date

  • May 2010