A team of researchers from the Institute of Pathophysiology, the Clinic of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Clinic of Anesthesiology, which was led by Professor Gerd Heusch, found such protection of the heart at a distance. They first identified STAT5 as a protective molecular signal in the human heart. STAT signals improve the function of mitochondria, i.e. the cellular powerplants, and reduce the size of a myocardial infarction in the experiment.
In a myocardial infarction, parts of the cardiac muscle receive no blood supply because the coronary vessels are occluded. Cardiovascular disease is the most frequent cause of death in Germany, and 70.000 people annually die from myocardial infarction in Germany. The basic and translational research of Prof. Heusch on protection of the heart from infarction is supported by the German Research Foundation.
• Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gerd Heusch, phone. +49 201 723 4480, email@example.com
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