Chemokines and Heart Disease: A Network Connecting Cardiovascular Biology to Immune and Autonomic Nervous Systems

Veronica Dusi, Alice Ghidoni, Alice Ravera, Gaetano M. De Ferrari, Laura Calvillo

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Abstract

Among the chemokines discovered to date, nineteen are presently considered to be relevant in heart disease and are involved in all stages of cardiovascular response to injury. Chemokines are interesting as biomarkers to predict risk of cardiovascular events in apparently healthy people and as possible therapeutic targets. Moreover, they could have a role as mediators of crosstalk between immune and cardiovascular system, since they seem to act as a "working-network" in deep linkage with the autonomic nervous system. In this paper we will describe the single chemokines more involved in heart diseases; then we will present a comprehensive perspective of them as a complex network connecting the cardiovascular system to both the immune and the autonomic nervous systems. Finally, some recent evidences indicating chemokines as a possible new tool to predict cardiovascular risk will be described.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5902947
JournalMediators of Inflammation
Volume2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology

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