Autophagy in hypertensive heart disease

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In response to hypertension, the heart manifests robust hypertrophic growth, which offsets load-induced elevations in wall stress. If sustained, this hypertrophic response is a major risk factor for systolic dysfunction and heart failure. Extensive research efforts have focused on the progression from hypertrophy to failure; however, precise understanding of underlying mechanisms remains elusive. Recently, autophagy, a process of cellular cannibalization, has been implicated. Autophagy is activated during ventricular hypertrophy, serving to maintain cellular homeostasis. Excessive autophagy eliminates, however, essential cellular elements and possibly provokes cell death, which together contribute to hypertension-related heart disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8509-8514
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Mar 19 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Medicine(all)

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