The death of cardiomyocytes is a precursor for the cascade of hypertrophic and fibrotic remodeling that leads to cardiomyopathy. In diabetes mellitus (DM), the metabolic environment of hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and oxidative stress causes cardiomyocyte cell death, leading to diabetic cardiomyopathy (DMCM), an independent cause of heart failure. Understanding the roles of the cell death signaling pathways involved in the development of cardiomyopathies is crucial to the discovery of novel targeted therapeutics and biomarkers for DMCM. Recent evidence suggests that hydrogen sulfide (H2S), an endogenous gaseous molecule, has cardioprotective effects against cell death. However, very little is known about signaling by which H2S and its downstream targets regulate myocardial cell death in the DM heart. This review focuses on H2S in the signaling of apoptotic, autophagic, necroptotic, and pyroptotic cell death in DMCM and other cardiomyopathies, abnormalities in H2S synthesis in DM, and potential H2S-based therapeutic strategies to mitigate myocardial cell death to ameliorate DMCM.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology|
|State||Published - 2019|
- Therapeutic strategy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)