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Cardiac Tissue Factor Regulates Inflammation, Hypertrophy and Heart Failure in Mouse Model of Type 1 Diabetes

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posted on 21.06.2021, 17:19 authored by Dasan Mary Cibi, Reddemma Sandireddy, Hanumakumar Bogireddy, Nicole Tee, Siti Aishah Binte Abdul Ghani, Brijesh K. Singh, Nigel Mackman, Manvendra K. Singh, Anamika Singh
Diabetes patients have an increased risk of heart failure (HF). Diabetes is highly prevalent in HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which is on the rise worldwide. The role of diabetes in HF is less established and available treatments of HF are not effective in HFpEF patients. Tissue factor (TF), a transmembrane receptor, plays an important role in immune-cell inflammation and atherothrombosis in diabetes. However, its role in diabetes-induced cardiac inflammation, hypertrophy, and HF has not been studied. Here, we have utilized Wildtype (WT), heterozygous, and Low-TF (with 1% human TF) mice to determine TF’s role in Type1 diabetes-induced HF. We found significant upregulation of cardiac TF mRNA and protein levels in diabetic WT hearts compared to non-diabetic controls. WT diabetic hearts also exhibited increased inflammation and cardiac hypertrophy versus controls. However, these changes in cardiac inflammation and hypertrophy were not found in diabetic Low-TF mice compared to their non-diabetic controls. TF deficiency was also associated with improved cardiac function parameters suggestive of HFpEF, which was evident in diabetic WT mice. The TF regulation of inflammation and cardiac remodeling was further dependent on downstream ERK1/2 and STAT3 pathways. In summary, our study demonstrated an important role of TF in regulating diabetes-induced inflammation, hypertrophy, and remodeling of the heart leading to HF with preserved ejection fraction.


This work was supported by funds from the Goh foundation and the Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore to MKS.