Regulation of sodium-calcium exchanger activity by creatine kinase under energy-compromised conditions

Ya Chi Yang, Ming Ji Fann, Wen Hsin Chang, Long Hao Tai, Jhih Hang Jiang, Lung Sen Kao

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Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX) is one of the major mechanisms for removing Ca2+ from the cytosol especially in cardiac myocytes and neurons, where their physiological activities are triggered by an influx of Ca2+. NCX contains a large intracellular loop (NCXIL) that is responsible for regulating NCX activity. Recent evidence has shown that proteins, including kinases and phosphatases, associate with NCX1IL to form a NCX1 macro-molecular complex. To search for the molecules that interact with NCX1IL and regulate NCX1 activity, we used the yeast two-hybrid method to screen a human heart cDNA library and found that the C-terminal region of sarcomeric mitochondrial creatine kinase (sMiCK) interacted with NCX1IL. Moreover, both sMiCK and the muscle-type creatine kinase (CKM) coimmuno-precipitated with NCX1 using lysates of cardiacmyocytes and HEK293T cells that transiently expressed NCX1 and various creatine kinases. Both sMiCK and CKM were able to produce a recovery in the decreased NCX1 activity that was lost under energy-compromised conditions. This regulation is mediated through a putative PKC phosphorylation site of sMiCK and CKM. The autophosphorylation and the catalytic activity of sMiCK and CKM are not required for their regulation of NCX1 activity. Our results suggest a novel mechanism for the regulation of NCX1 activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28275-28285
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2010

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