With No Lysine Kinase 1 Promotes Metabolic Derangements and RV Dysfunction in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.

JACC. Basic to Translational Science
S. Z. PriscoKurt W Prins


Small molecule inhibition of with no lysine kinase 1 (WNK1) (WNK463) signaling activates adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase signaling and mitigates membrane enrichment of glucose transporters 1 and 4, which decreases protein O-GlcNAcylation and glycation. Quantitative proteomics of right ventricular (RV) mitochondrial enrichments shows WNK463 prevents down-regulation of several mitochondrial metabolic enzymes. and metabolomics analysis suggests multiple metabolic processes are corrected. Physiologically, WNK463 augments RV systolic and diastolic function independent of pulmonary arterial hypertension severity. Hypochloremia, a condition of predicted WNK1 activation in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, is associated with more severe RV dysfunction. These results suggest WNK1 may be a druggable target to combat metabolic dysregulation and may improve RV function and survival in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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