We examined the mechanism of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) transcription by isoproterenol (ISO), an agonist for the β-adrenergic receptor (βAR), in cardiac myocytes. ISO only modestly activated members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase family. ISO-induced ANF transcription was not affected by inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinases, whereas it was significantly inhibited by KN93, an inhibitor of Ca2+/calmodulin- dependent kinase (CaM kinase II). Production of 3'-phosphorylated phosphatidylinositides (3 phosphoinositides) was also required for ISO- induced ANF transcription. ISO caused phosphorylation (Ser-473) and activation of Akt through CaM kinase II- and 3 phosphoinositides-dependent mechanisms. Constitutively active Akt increased myocyte surface area, total protein content, and ANF expression, whereas dominant negative Akt blocked ISO-stimulated ANF transcription. ISO caused Ser-9 phosphorylation and decreased activities of GSK3β. Overexpression of GSK3β inhibited ANF transcription, which was reversed by ISO.ISO failed to reverse the inhibitory effect of GSK3β(S9A), an Akt-insensitive mutant. Kinase-inactive GSK3β increased ANF transcription. Cyclosporin A partially inhibited ISO-stimulated ANF transcription, indicating that calcineurin only partially mediates ANF transcription. These results suggest that both CaM kinase II and 3 phosphoinositides mediate βAR-induced Akt activation and ANF transcription in cardiac myocytes. Furthermore, βAR-stimulated ANF transcription is predominantly mediated by activation of Akt and subsequent phosphorylation/inhibition of GSK3β.
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