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Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Increases Ca2+ Currents by Interacting with Cav1.2 and Reducing Intrinsic Inactivation of the L-Type Calcium Channel

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Pyridine nucleotides, such as NADPH and NADH, are emerging as critical players in the regulation of heart and vascular function. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), the rate-limiting enzyme in the pentose phosphate pathway, is the primary source and regulator of cellular NADPH. In the current study, we have identified two isoforms of G6PD (slow and fast migrating) and functionally characterized the slow migrating isoform of G6PD (G6PD545) in bovine and human arteries. We found that G6PD545 is eluted in the caveolae fraction of vascular smooth muscle (VSM) and has a higher maximum rate of reaction (Vmax: 1.65-fold) than its fast migrating isoform (G6PD515). Interestingly, caveolae G6PD forms a complex with the pore-forming α1C-subunit of the L-type Ca2+ channel, Cav1.2, as demonstrated by a proximity ligation assay in fixed VSMCs. Additionally, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) analysis of HEK293-17T cells cotransfected with red fluorescent protein (RFP)-tagged G6PD545 (C-G6PD545) and green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged Cav1.2-(Cav1.2-GFP) demonstrated strong FRET signals as compared with cells cotransfected with Cav1.2-GFP and C-G6PD515. Furthermore, L-type Ca2+ channel conductance was larger and the voltage-independent component of availability (c1) was augmented in C-G6PD545 and Cav1.2-GFP cotransfectants compared with those expressing Cav1.2-GFP alone. Surprisingly, epiandrosterone, a G6PD inhibitor, disrupted the G6PD-Cav1.2 complex, also decreasing the amplitude of L-type Ca2+ currents and window currents, thereby reducing the availability of the c1 component. Moreover, overexpression of adeno-G6PD545-GFP augmented the KCl-induced contraction in coronary arteries compared with control. To determine whether overexpression of G6PD had any clinical implication, we investigated its activity in arteries from patients and rats with metabolic syndrome and found that G6PD activity was high in this disease condition. Interestingly, epiandrosterone treatment reduced elevated mean arterial blood pressure and peripheral vascular resistance in metabolic syndrome rats, suggesting that the increased activity of G6PD augmented vascular contraction and blood pressure in the metabolic syndrome. These data suggest that the novel G6PD-Cav1.2 interaction, in the caveolae fraction, reduces intrinsic voltage-dependent inactivation of the channel and contributes to regulate VSM L-type Ca2+ channel function and Ca2+ signaling, thereby playing a significant role in modulating vascular function in physiological/pathophysiological conditions.NEW & NOTEWORTHY In this study we have identified a novel isozyme of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), a metabolic enzyme, that interacts with and contributes to regulate smooth muscle cell l-type Ca2+ ion channel function, which plays a crucial role in vascular function in physiology and pathophysiology. Furthermore, we demonstrate that expression and activity of this novel G6PD isoform are increased in arteries of individuals with metabolic syndrome and in inhibition of G6PD activity in rats of metabolic syndrome reduced blood pressure.