Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Heart Disease

10 Chronic Diseases linked to mitochondrial dysfunction

Listed below are current articles and published clinical studies documenting the
strong link between Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Heart Disease.
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Feb 12

Mitochondria as a therapeutic target in heart failure.
Heart failure is a pressing public health problem with no curative treatment currently available. The existing therapies provide symptomatic relief, but are unable to reverse molecular changes that occur in cardiomyocytes. The mechanisms of heart failure are complex and multiple, but mitochondrial dysfunction appears to be a critical factor in the development of this disease. Thus, it is important to focus research efforts on targeting mitochondrial dysfunction in the failing heart to revive the myocardium and its contractile function.

This review highlights the 3 promising areas for the development of heart failure therapies, including mitochondrial biogenesis, mitochondrial oxidative stress, and mitochondrial iron handling. Moreover, the translational potential of compounds targeting these pathways is discussed.
J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2013 Feb

Mitochondria in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.
Heart failure (HF) frequently is the unfavorable outcome of pathological heart hypertrophy. In contrast to physiological cardiac hypertrophy, which occurs in response to exercise and leads to full adaptation of contractility to the increased wall stress, pathological hypertrophy occurs in response to volume or pressure overload, ultimately leading to contractile dysfunction and HF.

Because cardiac hypertrophy impairs the relationship between ATP demand and production, mitochondrial bioenergetics must keep up with the cardiac hypertrophic phenotype. We review data regarding the mitochondrial proteomic and energetic remodeling in cardiac hypertrophy, as well as the temporal and causal relationships between mitochondrial failure to match the increased energy demand and progression to cardiac decompensation.

We suggest that the maladaptive effect of sustained neuroendocrine signals on mitochondria leads to bioenergetic fading which contributes to the progression from cardiac hypertrophy to failure. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Focus on Cardiac Metabolism".
Mol Cell Biochem. 2013 Jan

Skeletal muscle mitochondrial dysfunction precedes
right ventricular impairment in experimental pulmonary hypertension.
We assessed the time courses of mitochondrial biogenesis factors and respiration in the right ventricle (RV), gastrocnemius (GAS), and left ventricle (LV) in a model of pulmonary-hypertensive rats. Monocrotaline (MT) rats and controls were studied 2 and 4 weeks after injection. Compensated and decompensated heart failure stages were defined according to obvious congestion signs. mRNA expression and protein level of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma co-activator 1α (PGC-1α), citrate synthase (CS) mRNA and activity, and mitochondrial respiration were investigated. In addition, mRNA expression of sirtuin1, nuclear respiratory factor 1, and mitochondrial transcription factor A were studied.

As early as 2 weeks, the expression of the studied genes was decreased in the MT GAS. At 4 weeks, the MT GAS and MT RV showed decreased mRNA levels whatever the stage of disease, but PGC-1α protein and CS activity were significantly reduced only at the decompensated stage. The functional result was a significant fall in mitochondrial respiration at the decompensated stage in the RV and GAS. The mRNA expression and mitochondrial respiration were not significantly modified in the MT LV. MT rats demonstrated an early decrease in expression of genes involved in mitochondrial biogenesis in a skeletal muscle, whereas reduced protein expression, and the resulting mitochondrial respiratory dysfunction appeared only in rats with overt heart failure, in the GAS and RV. Dissociations between mRNA and protein levels at the compensated stage deserve to be further studied.
J Am Heart Assoc. 2012 Oct

OPA1 mutation and late-onset cardiomyopathy:
mitochondrial dysfunction and mtDNA instability.
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial fusion protein mutations are a cause of inherited neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and dominant optic atrophy. Previously we reported that the fusion protein optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) is decreased in heart failure.
METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated cardiac function, mitochondrial function, and mtDNA stability in a mouse model of the disease with OPA1 mutation. The homozygous mutation is embryonic lethal. Heterozygous OPA(+/-) mice exhibit reduced mtDNA copy number and decreased expression of nuclear antioxidant genes at 3 to 4 months. Although initial cardiac function was normal, at 12 months the OPA1(+/-) mouse hearts had decreased fractional shortening, cardiac output, and myocyte contraction. This coincided with the onset of blindness. In addition to small fragmented mitochondria, aged OPA1(+/-) mice had impaired cardiac mitochondrial function compared with wild-type littermates.
CONCLUSIONS: OPA1 mutation leads to deficiency in antioxidant transcripts, increased reactive oxygen species, mitochondrial dysfunction, and late-onset cardiomyopathy.
Circ Res. 2012 Oct 12

Mitochondria as a drug target in ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy.
Ischemic heart disease is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in Western society. Although interventions, such as thrombolysis and percutaneous coronary intervention, have proven efficacious in ischemia and reperfusion injury, the underlying pathological process of ischemic heart disease, laboratory studies suggest further protection is possible, and an expansive research effort is aimed at bringing new therapeutic options to the clinic.

Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a key role in the pathogenesis of ischemia and reperfusion injury and cardiomyopathy. However, despite promising mitochondria-targeted drugs emerging from the laboratory, very few have successfully completed clinical trials. As such, the mitochondrion is a potential untapped target for new ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy therapies.

Notably, there are a number of overlapping therapies for both these diseases, and as such novel therapeutic options for one condition may find use in the other. This review summarizes efforts to date in targeting mitochondria for ischemic heart disease and cardiomyopathy therapy and outlines emerging drug targets in this field.
Int J Mol Sci. 2012 Nov 30

Alterations in glutathione redox metabolism, oxidative stress, and
mitochondrial function in the left ventricle of elderly zucker diabetic Fatty rat heart.
The Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rat is a genetic model in which the homozygous (FA/FA) male animals develop obesity and type 2 diabetes. Morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular complications, due to increased oxidative stress and inflammatory signals, are the hallmarks of type 2 diabetes.

The precise molecular mechanism of contractile dysfunction and disease progression remains to be clarified. Therefore, we have investigated molecular and metabolic targets in male ZDF (30–34 weeks old) rat heart compared to age matched Zucker lean (ZL) controls. Hyperglycemia was confirmed by a 4-fold elevation in non-fasting blood glucose (478.43 ± 29.22 mg/dL in ZDF vs. 108.22 ± 2.52 mg/dL in ZL rats). An increase in reactive oxygen species production, lipid peroxidation and oxidative protein carbonylation was observed in ZDF rats. A significant increase in CYP4502E1 activity accompanied by increased protein expression was also observed in diabetic rat heart. Increased expression of other oxidative stress marker proteins, HO-1 and iNOS was also observed. GSH concentration and activities of GSH-dependent enzymes, glutathione S-transferase and GSH reductase, were, however, significantly increased in ZDF heart tissue suggesting a compensatory defense mechanism.

The activities of mitochondrial respiratory enzymes, Complex I and Complex IV were significantly reduced in the heart ventricle of ZDF rats in comparison to ZL rats. Western blot analysis has also suggested a decreased expression of IκB-α and phosphorylated-JNK in diabetic heart tissue. Our results have suggested that mitochondrial dysfunction and increased oxidative stress in ZDF rats might be associated, at least in part, with altered NF-κB/JNK dependent redox cell signaling. These results might have implications in the elucidation of the mechanism of disease progression and designing strategies for diabetes prevention.