Myocardial NF-κB activation is essential for zebrafish heart regeneration.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Heart regeneration offers a novel therapeutic strategy for heart failure. Unlike mammals, lower vertebrates such as zebrafish mount a strong regenerative response following cardiac injury. Heart regeneration in zebrafish occurs by cardiomyocyte proliferation and reactivation of a cardiac developmental program, as evidenced by induction of gata4 regulatory sequences in regenerating cardiomyocytes. Although many of the cellular determinants of heart regeneration have been elucidated, how injury triggers a regenerative program through dedifferentiation and epicardial activation is a critical outstanding question. Here, we show that NF-κB signaling is induced in cardiomyocytes following injury. Myocardial inhibition of NF-κB activity blocks heart regeneration with pleiotropic effects, decreasing both cardiomyocyte proliferation and epicardial responses. Activation of gata4 regulatory sequences is also prevented by NF-κB signaling antagonism, suggesting an underlying defect in cardiomyocyte dedifferentiation. Our results implicate NF-κB signaling as a key node between cardiac injury and tissue regeneration.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Karra, R; Knecht, AK; Kikuchi, K; Poss, KD

Published Date

  • October 27, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 112 / 43

Start / End Page

  • 13255 - 13260

PubMed ID

  • 26472034

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4629358

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.1511209112


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States