Nicotinamide-rich diet improves physical endurance by upregulating SUR2A in the heart.

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Summary of "Nicotinamide-rich diet improves physical endurance by upregulating SUR2A in the heart."

ABSTRACT SUR2A is an ATP-binding protein that serves as a regulatory subunit of cardioprotective ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channels. Based on signalling pathway regulating SUR2A expression and SUR2A role in regulating numbers of fully assembled K(ATP) channels, we have hypothesised that nicotinamide-rich diet could improve physical endurance by stimulating SUR2A expression. We have found that mice on nicotinamide-rich diet significantly improved physical endurance, which was associated with significant increase in expression of SUR2A. Transgenic mice with solely overexpressed SUR2A on control diet had increased physical endurance in a similar manner as the wild type mice on nicotinamide-rich diet. The experiments focused on action membrane potential and intracellular Ca(2+) concentration have demonstrated that increased SUR2A expression was associated with the activation of sarcolemmal K(ATP) channels and steady Ca(2+) levels in cardiomyocytes in response to beta-adrenergic stimulation. In contrast, the same challenge in the wild type was characterised by a lack of the channel activation and rise in intracellular Ca(2+). Nicotinamide-rich diet was ineffective to increase physical endurance in mice lacking K(ATP) channels. This study has shown that nicotinamide-rich diet improves physical endurance by increasing expression of SUR2A and that this is a sole mechanism of the nicotinamide-rich diet effect. The obtained results suggest that oral nicotinamide is a regulator of SUR2A expression and has a potential as a drug that can improve physical endurance in conditions where this effect would be desirable.


Division of Medical Sciences, Centre for Cardiovascular and Lung Biology, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, University of Dundee.

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Name: Journal of cellular and molecular medicine
ISSN: 1582-4934


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