S-nitrosylation induces both autonomous activation and inhibition of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein Kinase II δ

Jeffrey R. Erickson, C. Blake Nichols, Hitoshi Uchinoumi, Matthew L. Stein, Julie B C Bossuyt, Donald M Bers

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NO is known to modulate calcium handling and cellular signaling in the myocardium, but key targets for NO in the heart remain unidentified. Recent reports have implied that NO can activate calcium/calmodulin (Ca2+/CaM)-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in neurons and the heart. Here we use our novel sensor of CaMKII activation, Camui, to monitor changes in the conformation and activation of cardiac CaMKII (CaMKIIS) activity after treatment with the NO donor S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO). We demonstrate that exposure to NO after Ca2+/CaM binding to CaMKIIS results in autonomous kinase activation, which is abolished by mutation of the Cys-290 site. However, exposure of CaMKIIS to GSNO prior to Ca2+/CaM exposure strongly suppresses kinase activation and conformational change by Ca2+/CaM. This NO-induced inhibition was ablated by mutation of the Cys-273 site. We found parallel effects of GSNO on CaM/CaMKIIS binding and CaMKIIS-de-pendent ryanodine receptor activation in adult cardiac myocytes. We conclude that NO can play a dual role in regulating cardiac CaMKIIS activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25646-25656
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 16 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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