COP9 Signalosome Suppresses RIPK1-RIPK3-Mediated Cardiomyocyte Necroptosis in Mice

Peng Xiao, Changhua Wang, Jie Li, Huabo Su, Liuqing Yang, Penglong Wu, Megan T. Lewno, Jinbao Liu, Xuejun Wang

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Background: Mechanisms governing the induction of heart failure by the impairment of autophagy and the ubiquitin-proteasome system and the molecular pathways to cardiomyocyte necrosis remain incompletely understood. COPS8 is an essential subunit of the COP9 (COnstitutive Photomorphogenesis 9) signalosome, a key regulator of ubiquitination. Mice with cardiomyocyte-restricted knockout of Cops8 (Cops8-cko) show autophagic and ubiquitin-proteasome system malfunction and massive cardiomyocyte necrosis followed by acute heart failure and premature death, providing an excellent animal model to address the mechanistic gaps specified above. This study was conducted to determine the nature and underlying mechanisms of the cardiomyocyte necrosis in Cops8-cko mice. Methods and Results: Compared with littermate control mice, myocardial protein levels of key factors in the necroptotic pathway (RIPK1 [receptor-interacting protein kinase 1], RIPK3, MLKL [mixed lineage kinase-like], the RIPK1-bound RIPK3), protein carbonyls, full-length Casp8 (caspase 8), and BCL2, as well as histochemical staining of superoxide anions were significantly higher but the cleaved Casp8 and the Casp8 activity were significantly lower in Cops8-cko mice. In vivo cardiomyocyte uptake of Evan's blue dye was used as an indicator of necrosis. Cops8-cko mice treated with a RIPK1 kinase inhibitor (Nec-1 [Necrostatin-1]) showed less Evans blue dye uptake (0.005% versus 0.20%; P<0.0001) and longer median lifespan (32.5 versus 27 days; P<0.01) than those treated with vehicle control. RIPK3 haploinsufficiency showed similar rescuing effects on Cops8-cko but Cyclophilin D deficiency did the opposite. Conclusions: Cardiac Cops8/COP9 signalosome malfunction causes RIPK1-RIPK3 dependent, but mitochondrial permeability transition pore independent, cardiomyocyte necroptosis in mice and the COP9 signalosome plays an indispensable role in suppressing cardiomyocyte necroptosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E006996
JournalCirculation: Heart Failure
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • caspase 8
  • mice
  • myocytes, cardiac
  • necrosis
  • ubiquitination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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