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Cardiac expression of urocortin (Ucn) in diseased heart; preliminary results on possible involvement of Ucn in pathophysiology of cardiac diseases.

Authors: Ikeda, K  Tojo, K  Tokudome, G  Ohta, M  Sugimoto, K  Tamura, T  Tajima, N  Mochizuki, S  Kawakami, M  Hosoya, T 
Citation: Ikeda K, etal., Mol Cell Biochem. 2003 Oct;252(1-2):25-32.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:14577573

Recently, several studies reported that urocortin (Ucn) had beneficial effects on cardiovascular system and was expressed both in the normal heart and in the heart of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), yet the relationship between high expression of Ucn and pathophysiology of Ucn in diseased heart has been discussed. Thus, the present study was designed to elucidate the expression of Ucn in the diseased heart by immunohistochemical approach using endomyocardial biopsy specimens. The involvement of immunoreactive Ucn in pathophysiology of cardiac disease was evaluated using endomyocardial biopsy specimens obtained from the patients with some heart diseases, including DCM and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Ucn was detected in all endomyocardial biopsy specimens of ventricular tissue obtained from the patients with such cardiac diseases, a specimens of atrial tissue, and normal heart specimens obtained from autopsy cases. In DCM patients, left ventricular end-diastolic pressure significantly elevated in severely stained group. On the contrary, in HCM patients, left ventricular ejection fraction was higher in the severely stained group. Ucn was expressed more abundantly in the diseased heart, especially in HCM and DCM, than in the normal heart. In conclusion, such close relationship between Ucn expression in the heart and cardiac function indicated that clinical features of Ucn resembled those of norepinephrine and Ucn could play a certain pathophysiological roles in the cardiac diseases.


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CRRD ID: 1580792
Created: 2006-08-25
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2006-08-25
Status: ACTIVE


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