Cardiac proteomic responses to ischemia-reperfusion injury and ischemic preconditioning

National Research Laboratory for Mitochondrial Signaling, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Center, Inje University 633-165 Gaegeum-Dong, Busanjin-Gu, Busan 613-735, Korea.
Expert Review of Proteomics (Impact Factor: 2.9). 04/2011; 8(2):241-61. DOI: 10.1586/epr.11.8
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Cardiac ischemia and ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury are major contributors to morbidity and mortality worldwide. Pathological mechanisms of I/R and the physiological mechanisms of ischemic preconditioning (IPC), which is an effective cardiac protective response, have been widely investigated in the last decade to search for means to prevent or treat this disease. Proteomics is a powerful analytical tool that has provided important information to identify target proteins and understand the underlying mechanisms of I/R and IPC. Here, we review the application of proteomics to I/R injury and IPC to discover target proteins. We analyze the functional meaning of the accumulated data on hundreds of proteins using various bioinformatics applications. In addition, we review exercise-induced proteomic alterations in the heart to understand the potential cardioprotective role of exercise against I/R injury. Further developments in the proteomic field that target specialized proteins will yield new insights for optimizing therapeutic targets and developing a wide range of therapeutic agents against ischemic heart disease.

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