Namakkal Soorappan Rajasekaran

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Oxidative stress has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial hypertrophy and infarction. Although impairment of antioxidant defense mechanisms has been thought to provoke oxidative stress-induced myocardial dysfunction, it has been difficult to clearly demonstrate. Nuclear erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2)(More)
CryAB and HSPB2 are small heat shock proteins constitutively expressed in the heart. CryAB protects cytoskeletal organization and intermediate filament assembly; the functions of HSPB2 are unknown. The promoters of CryAB and HSPB2 share regulatory elements, making identifying their separate functions difficult. Here, using a genetic approach, we report(More)
Age-associated decline in antioxidant potential and accumulation of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species are primary causes for multiple health problems, including muscular dystrophy and sarcopenia. The role of the nuclear erythroid-2-p45-related factor-2 (Nrf2) signaling has been implicated in antioxidant gene regulation. Here, we investigated the(More)
Disease-causing mutations of genes encoding small MW heat shock proteins (sHSPs) constitute a growing family of inherited myofibrillar disorders. In the present work, we found that three structurally-distinct CryAB mutants R120G, 450delA and 464delCT are mostly present in the detergent-insoluble fractions when overexpressed in H9c2 rat heart cells. We found(More)
The autosomal dominant mutation in the human alphaB-crystallin gene inducing a R120G amino acid exchange causes a multisystem, protein aggregation disease including cardiomyopathy. The pathogenesis of cardiomyopathy in this mutant (hR120GCryAB) is poorly understood. Here, we show that transgenic mice overexpressing cardiac-specific hR120GCryAB recapitulate(More)
SIGNIFICANCE Aerobic organisms must exist between the dueling biological metabolic processes for energy and respiration and the obligatory generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) whose deleterious consequences can reduce survival. Wide fluctuations in harmful ROS generation are circumvented by endogenous countermeasures (i.e., enzymatic and nonenzymatic(More)
Inheritable missense mutations in small molecular weight heat-shock proteins (HSP) with chaperone-like properties promote self-oligomerization, protein aggregation, and pathologic states such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in humans. We recently described that human mutant αB-crystallin (hR120GCryAB) overexpression that caused protein aggregation(More)
AIMS Mutant protein aggregation (PA) cardiomyopathy (MPAC) is characterized by reductive stress (RS), PA (of chaperones and cytoskeletal components), and ventricular dysfunction in transgenic mice expressing human mutant CryAB (hmCryAB). Sustained activation of nuclear erythroid-2 like factor-2 (Nrf2) causes RS, which contributes to proteotoxic cardiac(More)
A missense mutation in the alphaB-crystallin (CryAB) gene triggers a severe form of desmin-related cardiomyopathy (DRCM) characterized by accumulation of misfolded proteins. We hypothesized that autophagy increases in response to protein aggregates and that this autophagic activity is adaptive. Mutant CryAB (CryAB(R120G)) triggered a >2-fold increase in(More)
The abundantly expressed small molecular weight proteins, CRYAB and HSPB2, have been implicated in cardioprotection ex vivo. However, the biological roles of CRYAB/HSPB2 coexpression for either ischemic preconditioning and/or protection in situ remain poorly defined. Wild-type (WT) and age-matched ( approximately 5-9 mo) CRYAB/HSPB2 double knockout (DKO)(More)