Ogfod1 deletion increases cardiac beta-alanine levels and protects mice against ischaemia-reperfusion injury

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Prolyl hydroxylation is a post-translational modification that regulates protein stability, turnover, and activity. The proteins that catalyze prolyl hydroxylation belong to the 2-oxoglutarate- and iron-dependent oxygenase family of proteins. 2-oxoglutarate- and iron-dependent oxygenase domain-containing protein 1 (Ogfod1), which hydroxylates a proline in ribosomal protein s23 is a newly-described member of this family. The aims of this study were to investigate roles for Ogfod1 in the heart, and in the heart’s response to stress.
Methods and results
We isolated hearts from wild type (WT) and Ogfod1 knockout (KO) mice and performed quantitative proteomics using Tandem Mass Tag labelling coupled to Liquid Chromatography and tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to identify protein changes. Ingenuity Pathway Analysis identified “Urate Biosynthesis/Inosine 5’-phosphate Degradation” and “Purine Nucleotides Degradation II (Aerobic)” as the most significantly-enriched pathways. We performed metabolomics analysis and found that both purine and pyrimidine pathways were altered with the purine nucleotide inosine 5’-monophosphate (IMP) showing a 3.5-fold enrichment in KO hearts (P = 0.011) and the pyrimidine catabolism product beta-alanine showing a 1.7-fold enrichment in KO hearts (P = 0.014). As changes in these pathways have been shown to contribute to cardioprotection, we subjected isolated perfused hearts to ischemia and reperfusion (I/R). KO hearts showed a 41.4% decrease in infarct size and a 34% improvement in cardiac function compared to WT hearts. This protection was also evident in an in vivo I/R model. Additionally, our data show that treating isolated perfused WT hearts with carnosine, a metabolite of beta-alanine, improved protection in the context of I/R injury, whereas treating KO hearts with carnosine had no impact on recovery of function or infarct size.
Taken together, these data show that Ogfod1 deletion alters the myocardial proteome and metabolome to confer protection against I/R injury.
Translational Perspective
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. In characterizing the cardiovascular effects of deleting the prolyl hydroxylase Ogfod1 and investigating its role in disease pathology, we found that deleting Ogfod1 protected hearts against ex vivo and in vivo I/R injury. Ogfod1-KO hearts showed significant metabolomic and proteomic changes that supported altered purine and pyrimidine nucleotide synthesis and turnover. Beta-alanine, a precursor of the anti-oxidant carnosine and a product of pyrimidine degradation, accumulated in KO hearts to help confer cardioprotection. Altogether, these data suggest a role for Ogfod1 downregulation as a therapeutic strategy for heart disease.

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Volume 118
Issue number 13
Pages 2847-2858
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