Chapter 4

miRNAs in Cardiac Hypertrophy and Heart Failure

Zhiguo Wang


The aim of this chapter is to introduce the role of miRNAs in the pathological process of cardiac hypertrophy/heart failure. Cardiovascular disease is among the main causes of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. In response to stress, the adult heart undergoes remodelling process and hypertrophic growth to adapt to altered workloads and to compensate for the impaired cardiac function. Pathological hypertrophy results in loss of cardiac function and is the major predictor of heart failure and sudden death. Recent studies have established the role of miRNAs in cardiac hypertrophy/heart failure as causal factors or important regulators. miRNAs are aberrantly expressed in various animal models and in patients with heart failure. The miRNAs involved in cardiac hypertrophy/heart failure can in general be divided into two categories: anti-hypertrophic and pro-hypertrophic miRNAs. This chapter introduces the roles of miRNAs in experimental and clinical cardiac hypertrophy/heart failure. Detailed description is given of the well-studied pro-hypertrophic miRNAs miR-195, miR-208 and miR-23a, and anti-hypertrophic miRNAs miR-1, miR-133 and miR-9.

Total Pages: 38-46 (9)

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