Apoptosis has been causally linked to the pathogenesis of myocardial infarction and heart failure in rodent models. This death process is mediated by two central pathways, an extrinsic pathway involving cell surface receptors and an intrinsic pathway using mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum. Each of these pathways has been implicated in myocardial pathology. In this review, we summarize recent advances in the understanding of the intrinsic pathway and how it relates to cardiac myocyte death and heart disease.
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Nov 12 2004|
- Cell death
- Death-inducing signaling complex
- Heart failure