The biology of neurotrophins: Cardiovascular function

Costanza Emanueli, Marco Meloni, Wohaib Hasan, Beth Habecker

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the role of neurotrophins in the development of the heart, blood vessels, and neural circuits that control cardiovascular function, as well as the role of neurotrophins in the mature cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system includes the heart and vasculature whose functions are tightly controlled by the nervous system. Neurons, cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and pericytes are all targets for neurotrophin action during development. Neurotrophin expression continues throughout life, and several common pathologies that impact cardiovascular function involve changes in the expression or activity of neurotrophins. These include atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes, acute myocardial infarction, and heart failure. In many of these conditions, altered expression of neurotrophins and/or neurotrophin receptors has direct effects on vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells in addition to effects on nerves that modulate vascular resistance and cardiac function. This chapter summarizes the effects of neurotrophins in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-328
Number of pages20
JournalHandbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Volume220
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StatePublished - 2014

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Cardiovascular system
Cardiovascular System
Vascular Smooth Muscle
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Muscle
Heart Failure
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
Cells
Nerve Growth Factor Receptors
Pericytes
Endothelial cells
Physiology
Blood vessels
Neurology
Pathology
Medical problems
Cardiac Myocytes
Vascular Resistance
Nervous System

Keywords

  • Angiogenesis
  • BDNF
  • Cardiomyocytes
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Myocardial ischemia
  • NGF
  • NT-3
  • P75NTR
  • Parasympathetic nervous system
  • Pericytes
  • Sympathetic nervous system
  • TrkA
  • TrkB
  • TrkC
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A)

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  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Biochemistry

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The biology of neurotrophins : Cardiovascular function. / Emanueli, Costanza; Meloni, Marco; Hasan, Wohaib; Habecker, Beth.

In: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, Vol. 220, 2014, p. 309-328.

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Emanueli, Costanza ; Meloni, Marco ; Hasan, Wohaib ; Habecker, Beth. / The biology of neurotrophins : Cardiovascular function. In: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. 2014 ; Vol. 220. pp. 309-328.
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