Targeting myocardial substrate metabolism in heart failure: potential for new therapies

Ardehali, H. et al. (2012) Targeting myocardial substrate metabolism in heart failure: potential for new therapies. European Journal of Heart Failure, 14(2), pp. 120-129. (doi: 10.1093/eurjhf/hfr173) (PMID:22253453) (PMCID:PMC3260022)

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The incidence and prevalence of heart failure have increased significantly over the past few decades. Available data suggest that patients with heart failure independent of the aetiology have viable but dysfunctional myocardium that is potentially salvageable. Although a great deal of research effort has focused on characterizing the molecular basis of heart failure, cardiac metabolism in this disorder remains an understudied discipline. It is known that many aspects of cardiomyocyte energetics are altered in heart failure. These include a shift from fatty acid to glucose as a preferred substrate and a decline in the levels of ATP. Despite these demonstrated changes, there are currently no approved drugs that target metabolic enzymes or proteins in heart failure. This is partly due to our limited knowledge of the mechanisms and pathways that regulate cardiac metabolism. Better characterization of these pathways may potentially lead to new therapies for heart failure. Targeting myocardial energetics in the viable and potentially salvageable tissue may be particularly effective in the treatment of heart failure. Here, we will review metabolic changes that occur in fatty acid and glucose metabolism and AMP-activated kinase in heart failure. We propose that cardiac energetics should be considered as a potential target for therapy in heart failure and more research should be done in this area.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cleland, Professor John
Authors: Ardehali, H., Sabbah, H. N., Burke, M. A., Sarma, S., Liu, P. P., Cleland, J. G.F., Maggioni, A., Fonarow, G. C., Abel, E. D., Campia, U., and Gheorghiade, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:European Journal of Heart Failure
ISSN (Online):1879-0844
Published Online:01 February 2012

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