Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders-Drug Targets

(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders)

Garry X. Shen  
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB


Serum Collagen Markers and Heart Failure

Author(s): P. J. Lijnen, T. Maharani, N. Finahari, J. S. Prihadi.


Increased myocardial collagen accumulation is present in almost every cardiac disease and plays an important role in the reduced heart function. N-terminal and C-terminal propeptides of collagen type I and III, the two major collagen types in the heart, can be assayed in serum.These propeptides (PINP, PIIINP, PICP, ICTP) reflect collagen synthesis and degradation.

The use of these serum collagen biomarkers as prognostic or diagnostic tools is an area of active investigation. In this review article these studies will be discussed as well as the limitations of these serum biomarkers as indicators of cardiac fibrosis.

Keywords: Collagen, Biomarkers, Heart failure, Myocardial fibrosis, C-terminal propeptides, procollagen, propeptides

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [51 - 55]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/187152912801823147