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    Petrich, Brian G; Wang, Yibin

    Trends in cardiovascular medicine, 2004, 2004-Feb, 2004-02-00, 20040201, Letnik: 14, Številka: 2
    Journal Article

    Activation of stress-activated mitogen-activated protein kinases (SAPKs), mainly c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38, have long been associated with different forms of cardiac pathology across a wide spectrum of species. However, their specific roles in the development of heart failure are still unclear. Previous studies in neonatal myocytes in culture suggest a critical role for both JNK and p38 in hypertrophy and apoptosis. A far more complex picture has been provided by recent observations from both cellular and transgenic models that have not only challenged their role in hypertrophy and cell death but have also pointed out novel functions of SAPKs in different aspects of cardiac pathology, including contractile function, extracellular matrix remodeling, intercellular communication, and metabolic regulation.