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Protective effects of AMP-activated protein kinase in the cardiovascular system.
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PMID:  20874722     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Recent studies of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a highly conserved sensor of cellular energy status, suggest that there might be therapeutic value in targeting the AMPK signaling pathway. AMPK is found in most mammalian tissues, including those of the cardiovascular system. As cardiovascular diseases are typically associated with blood flow occlusion and blood occlusion may induce rapid energy deficit, AMPK activation may occur during the early phase upon nutrient deprivation in cardiovascular organs. Therefore, investigation of AMPK in cardiovascular organs may help us to understand the pathophysiology of defence mechanisms in these organs. Recent studies have provided proof of concept for the idea that AMPK is protective in heart as well as in vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells. Moreover, dysfunction of the AMPK signalling pathway is involved in the genesis and development of various cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke. The roles of AMPK in the cardiovascular system, as they are currently understood, will be presented in this review. The interaction between AMPK and other cardiovascular signalling pathways such as nitric oxide signalling is also discussed.
Qiang Xu; Liang-Yi Si
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cellular and molecular medicine     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1582-4934     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cell. Mol. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
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Created Date:  2010-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101083777     Medline TA:  J Cell Mol Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2604-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 The Authors Journal compilation © 2010 Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Geriatrics, Southwest Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China.
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