IMR Press / FBE / Volume 4 / Issue 5 / DOI: 10.2741/484

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Open Access Review

Beta-adrenoceptor signaling pathways mediate cardiac pathological remodeling

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1 Institute of Vascular Medicine, Peking University Third Hospital and Key Laboratory of Molecular Cardiovascular Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100191, PR China

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Academic Editor: Tao Wang

Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2012, 4(5), 1625–1637; https://doi.org/10.2741/484
Published: 1 January 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Signalling pathways in cardiovascular function and diseases)
Abstract

Beta-adrenoceptors (ARs), members of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily, play a key role in the rapid regulation of myocardial function. Meanwhile, chronic catecholamine stimulation of adrenoceptors has been proved to be involved in the adverse myocardial remodeling, including cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis, and apoptosis, which finally develop into heart failure. In the clinical situation, sympathetic hyperactivity is a key factor in the development of heart failure, and beta-blockers greatly improve the outcome of the disease. However, heart failure is still one of the leading causes of death. Therefore, a full understanding of the mechanism of beta-AR-mediated cardiac remodeling could indicate more targets for treating heart failure. This review summarizes a number of important signaling pathways involved in the process of cardiac pathological remodeling under chronic adrenergic stimulation.

Keywords
Beta-adrenoceptors
Cardiac remodeling
Hypertrophy
Fibrosis
Apoptosis
Molecular mechanism
Signaling Pathway
Review
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