Zinc at the heart of a new study

2569New research led by the University of St Andrews reveals that zinc plays a key role in regulating heart muscle contractility and that an imbalance in intracellular zinc may contribute to diseases such as heart failure and fatal arrhythmias. Although just a first step, this kind of basic science research underpins our understanding of the pathophysiology of disease.

 

The paper ‘Intracellular zinc modulates cardiac ryanodine receptor-mediated calcium release’ is published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry online:
http://www.jbc.org/content/290/28/17599.full.pdf+html

 

 

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contact: Dr Samantha Pitt