BRD4 Interacts with GATA4 to Govern Mitochondrial Homeostasis in Adult Cardiomyocytes

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A. PadmanabhanDeepak Srivastava


Gene regulatory networks control tissue plasticity during basal homeostasis and disease in a cell-type specific manner. Ubiquitously expressed chromatin regulators modulate these networks, yet the mechanisms governing how tissue-specificity of their function is achieved are poorly understood. BRD4, a member of the BET (Bromo- and Extra-Terminal domain) family of ubiquitously expressed acetyl-lysine reader proteins, plays a pivotal role as a coactivator of enhancer signaling across diverse tissue types in both health and disease, and has been implicated as a pharmacologic target in heart failure. However, the cell-specific role of BRD4 in adult cardiomyocytes remains unknown. Here, we show that cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of BRD4 in adult mice leads to acute deterioration of cardiac contractile function with mutant animals demonstrating a transcriptomic signature enriched for decreased expression of genes critical for mitochondrial energy production. Genome-wide occupancy data show that BRD4 enriches at many downregulated genes and preferentially co-localizes with GATA4, a lineage determining cardiac transcription factor not previously implicated in regulation of adult cardiac metabolism. Co-immunoprecipitation assays demons...Continue Reading

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