The Expression of Ubc9 and the Intensity of SERCA2a-SUMOylation Were Reduced in Diet-induced Obese Rats and Partially Restored by Trimetazidine

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Reduced expression of sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium-transporting ATPase isoform 2a (SERCA2a) has been shown to play a significant role in the cardiac dysfunction of obese animal models. It was reported recently that SUMOylation enhances the stability and activity of SERCA2a. We hypothesized that SERCA2a-SUMOylation might be involved in obesity-mediated reduction of SERCA2a.

Method and Results:

Trimetazidine (TMZ), the drug that inhibits fatty acid oxidation, was used in diet-induced obese (DIO) rats and palmitic acid (PA)–treated cardiomyocytes. The intensity of SERCA2a-SUMOylation and proteins involved in SERCA2a-SUMOylation were investigated in vivo and in vitro. DIO rats presented cardiac dysfunction, which was alleviated by TMZ treatment. Reductions of SERCA2a protein and the intensity of SERCA2a-SUMOylation were observed in DIO rats and PA-treated cardiomyocytes. These reductions were partially restored by TMZ. However, TMZ itself did not alter the intensity of SERCA2a-SUMOylation in control cardiomyocytes. The variations of protein and messenger RNA levels of Ubiquitin carrier protein 9 are in accordance with the intensity of SERCA2a-SUMOylation. Whereas the other proteins involved in SERCA2a-SUMOylation were not changed by DIO and PA.


TMZ alleviates the DIO- and PA-induced reductions of SERCA2a-SUMOylation. Ubiquitin carrier protein 9 is involved in the reductions.

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