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Post-Genomic Methodologies and Preclinical Animal Models: Chances for the Translation of Cardioprotection to the Clinic

Cardiovascular Program- ICCC, Research Institute-Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, IIB-Sant Pau, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red Cardiovascular (CIBERCV) Instituto de Salud Carlos III, 28029 Madrid, Spain
Cardiovascular Research Chair, Universidad Autónoma Barcelona (UAB), 08025 Barcelona, Spain
Department of Cardiology, Hospital Clinic, 08036 Brcelona, Spain
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(3), 514;
Received: 15 January 2019 / Accepted: 23 January 2019 / Published: 25 January 2019
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Although many cardioprotective strategies have demonstrated benefits in animal models of myocardial infarction, they have failed to demonstrate cardioprotection in the clinical setting highlighting that new therapeutic target and treatment strategies aimed at reducing infarct size are urgently needed. Completion of the Human Genome Project in 2001 fostered the post-genomic research era with the consequent development of high-throughput “omics” platforms including transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Implementation of these holistic approaches within the field of cardioprotection has enlarged our understanding of ischemia/reperfusion injury with each approach capturing a different angle of the global picture of the disease. It has also contributed to identify potential prognostic/diagnostic biomarkers and discover novel molecular therapeutic targets. In this latter regard, “omic” data analysis in the setting of ischemic conditioning has allowed depicting potential therapeutic candidates, including non-coding RNAs and molecular chaperones, amenable to pharmacological development. Such discoveries must be tested and validated in a relevant and reliable myocardial infarction animal model before moving towards the clinical setting. Moreover, efforts should also focus on integrating all “omic” datasets rather than working exclusively on a single “omic” approach. In the following manuscript, we will discuss the power of implementing “omic” approaches in preclinical animal models to identify novel molecular targets for cardioprotection of interest for drug development. View Full-Text
Keywords: post-genomics; -omics; targets; ncRNA; chaperones; cardioprotection post-genomics; -omics; targets; ncRNA; chaperones; cardioprotection

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Badimon, L.; Mendieta, G.; Ben-Aicha, S.; Vilahur, G. Post-Genomic Methodologies and Preclinical Animal Models: Chances for the Translation of Cardioprotection to the Clinic. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 514.

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