Identifying Genetic Factors and Processes Involved in the Cardiac Perinatal Transitional Program

Identifying Genetic Factors and Processes Involved in the Cardiac Perinatal Transitional Program

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Title: Identifying Genetic Factors and Processes Involved in the Cardiac Perinatal Transitional Program
Author: Kouri, Lara
Abstract: Cardiomyocyte perinatal development is characterized by the transition from a hyperplastic to a hypertrophic growth. We hypothesize that genetic factors and processes in the cardiac perinatal transitional program can be identified by a systematic analysis of different stages in heart development. Microarray expression patterning of mRNAs and microRNAs uncovered a perinatal cardiogenomic switch between 5 and 7 days post-birth. Gene ontology analysis revealed cellular and metabolic processes as highly representative Biological Processes. Moreover, approximately 40% of known mice transcription factors are significantly (p<0.05) fluctuating between embryonic day 19 and 10 days post-birth. As the heart matures, cardiomyocytes progressively exit cell cycle with day 5 as a pivotal point. Hypertrophy entails cardiomyocyte binucleation which may be promoted by Protein Regulator of Cytokinesis (Prc1) and its interactors. Temporal cardiac transcription expression analysis provides insight into underlining effectors within the cardiac perinatal transitional program as well as cardiac pathology.
Date: 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/19930
Supervisor: Burgon, Patrick
Faculty: Médecine / Medicine
Degree: msc

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