Abstract: Active Wnt/β-catenin signaling is essential for proper cardiac specification, progenitor expansion and myocardial growth. During development, the mass of the embryonic heart increases multiple times to achieve the dimensions of adult ventricular chambers. Cell division in the embryonic heart is fairly present, whereas cell turnover in the adult myocardium is extremely low. Understanding of embryonic cardiomyocyte cell-replication, therefore, could improve strategies for cardiac regenerative therapeutics. Here, we review which role Wnt signaling plays in cardiac development and highlight a selection of attempts that have been made to modulate Wnt signaling after cardiac ischemic injury to improve cardiac function and reduce infarct size.
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Buikema, J.W.; Zwetsloot, P.-P.M.; Doevendans, P.A.; Domian, I.J.; Sluijter, J.P.G. Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling during Cardiac Development and Repair. J. Cardiovasc. Dev. Dis. 2014, 1, 98-110.
Buikema JW, Zwetsloot P-PM, Doevendans PA, Domian IJ, Sluijter JPG. Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling during Cardiac Development and Repair. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. 2014; 1(1):98-110.
Buikema, Jan W.; Zwetsloot, Peter-Paul M.; Doevendans, Pieter A.; Domian, Ibrahim J.; Sluijter, Joost P.G. 2014. "Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling during Cardiac Development and Repair." J. Cardiovasc. Dev. Dis. 1, no. 1: 98-110.