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Herz. 2017 Nov;42(7):662-668. doi: 10.1007/s00059-016-4500-y. Epub 2016 Nov 22.

Targeting the hedgehog signaling pathway for cardiac repair and regeneration.

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1
Department of Geriatrics, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, No. 639, Zhizaoju Road, 200011, Shanghai, China.
2
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, No. 639, Zhizaoju Road, 200011, Shanghai, China. 254377835@qq.com.
3
Department of Geriatrics, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, No. 639, Zhizaoju Road, 200011, Shanghai, China. 15000023010@163.com.

Abstract

The hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is involved in the angiogenesis and development of the coronary vasculature in the embryonic heart. Recently, the Hh signal pathway has emerged as an important regulator that can increase cardiomyocyte proliferation, inhibit cardiomyocyte death and apoptosis, recruit endothelial progenitor cell (EPCs) into sites of myocardial ischemia, and direct stem cells to differentiate into cardiac muscle lineage. Experimental studies have tried to target the Hh signaling pathway for cardiac repair and regeneration. The purpose of this review is to discuss the role of the Hh signal pathway in cardiac repair and regeneration as well as the current strategies targeting the Hh signaling pathway and its potential in heart diseases.

KEYWORDS:

Agonists; Cardiomyocytes; Mesenchymal stem cells; Myocardial infarction; Regeneration

PMID:
27878328
DOI:
10.1007/s00059-016-4500-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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