Author(s): Mozaffari MS, Liu JY, Abebe W, Baban B
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Abstract Coronary artery disease and associated ischemic heart disease are prevalent disorders worldwide. Further, systemic hypertension is common and markedly increases the risk for heart disease. A common denominator of systemic hypertension of various etiologies is increased myocardial load/mechanical stress. Thus, it is likely that high pressure/mechanical stress attenuates the contribution of cardioprotective but accentuates the contribution of cardiotoxic pathways thereby exacerbating the outcome of an ischemia reperfusion insult to the heart. Critical events which contribute to cardiomyocyte injury in the ischemic-reperfused heart include cellular calcium overload and generation of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species which, in turn, promote the opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore, an important event in cell death. Increasing evidence also indicates that the myocardium is capable of mounting a robust inflammatory response which contributes importantly to tissue injury. On the other hand, cardioprotective maneuvers of ischemic preconditioning and postconditioning have led to identification of complex web of signaling pathways (e.g., reperfusion injury salvage kinase) which ultimately converge on the mitochondria to exert cytoprotection. The present review is intended to briefly describe mechanisms of cardiac ischemia reperfusion injury followed by a discussion of our work focused on how pressure/mechanical stress modulates endogenous cardiotoxic and cardioprotective mechanisms to ultimately exacerbate ischemia reperfusion injury.
This article was published in Am J Cardiovasc Dis
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology