Unloaded heart in vivo replicates fetal gene expression of cardiac hypertrophy. Academic Article uri icon


  • The cardiac response to increased work includes a reactivation of fetal genes. The response to a decrease in cardiac work is not known. Such information is of clinical interest, because mechanical unloading can improve the functional capacity of the failing heart. We compared here the patterns of gene expression in unloaded rat heart with those in hypertrophied rat heart. Both conditions induced a re-expression of growth factors and proto-oncogenes, and a downregulation of the 'adult' isoforms, but not of the 'fetal' isoforms, of proteins regulating myocardial energetics. Therefore, opposite changes in cardiac workload in vivo induce similar patterns of gene response. Reactivation of fetal genes may underlie the functional improvement of an unloaded failing heart.

published proceedings

  • Nat Med

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Depre, C., Shipley, G. L., Chen, W., Han, Q., Doenst, T., Moore, M. L., ... Taegtmeyer, H.

citation count

  • 369

complete list of authors

  • Depre, C||Shipley, GL||Chen, W||Han, Q||Doenst, T||Moore, ML||Stepkowski, S||Davies, PJ||Taegtmeyer, H

publication date

  • January 1998