Telomere biology in cardiovascular disease: the TERC-/- mouse as a model for heart failure and ageing

Liza S. M. Wong, Hisko Oeseburg, Rudolf A. de Boer, Wiek H. van Gilst, Dirk J. van Veldhuisen, Pim van der Harst*

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Abstract

Atherosclerosis and heart failure are major causes of morbidity and mortality in Western countries. Recent studies are suggesting involvement of telomere biology in the development and progression of age-associated conditions, including hypertension, atherosclerosis, and heart failure. Whether any of these reported associations are based on causal relationships remains to be elucidated. The construction of telomerase-deficient (telomerase RNA component, TERC-/-) mice might provide a potential instrumental model to study the involvement of telomere biology in cardiovascular disease. Here, we review the current available information from all studies performed in TERC-/- mice providing information on the cardiovascular phenotypic characteristics. Although this mouse model has proven its value in the understanding of the role of telomere biology in cancer, stem cell, and basic telomere research, only few studies were specifically designed to answer cardiovascular-related questions. The TERC-/- mice provide exciting opportunities to expand our knowledge of telomere biology in cardiovascular disease and the potential identification of novel targets of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-252
Number of pages9
JournalCardiovascular Research
Volume81
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Feb-2009

Keywords

  • CARDIAC PROGENITOR CELLS
  • PROLONGS LIFE-SPAN
  • DNA-DAMAGE
  • REVERSE-TRANSCRIPTASE
  • OXIDATIVE STRESS
  • STEM-CELLS
  • IN-VIVO
  • INSULIN-RESISTANCE
  • CIGARETTE-SMOKING
  • DEFICIENT MICE

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