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McKelvey School of Engineering

CBAC Seminar: Antonio Zaza

Tuesday, September 28 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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As part of the CBAC Seminar series, join us for this presentation by Antonio Zaza, Professor of Physiology and Director, School of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

This seminar will be virtual. Register for this event by going here.

Seminar Title: "Therapeutic SERCA Enhancement – why and how"

Abstract: SERCA2a is an ATPase transporter primarily responsible of Ca2+ confinement in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) of cardiac myocytes. SERCA2a function, pivotal in the excitation-contraction coupling, is also relevant to cellular electrophysiology, because it affects the stability of SR as a Ca2+ store. SERCA2a downregulation plays an important role in the susceptibility to arrhythmias peculiar of heart failure. Therefore, in the failing heart, therapeutic SERCA2a enhancement may be desirable to restore electrical stability, as well as mechanical function. On the other hand, SR Ca2+ overload may compromise store stability, with a proarrhythmic effect; therefore, SERCA2a enhancement may be seen as “a double-edged” tool. The seminar will discuss the rationale of SERCA2a enhancement, novel pharmacological tools by which it can be achieved and their application to the treatment of a genetic form of heart failure, primarily associated with abnormality of SERCA2a regulatome.  

For more information, contact Huyen (Gwen) Nguyen at hbnguyen@wustl.edu

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar/Colloquia

Schools

McKelvey School of Engineering

Topic

Science & Technology, Medicine & Health

Department
Biomedical Engineering, Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center
Event Contact

Huyen (Gwen) Nguyen | hbnguyen@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Antonio Zaza , MD, FESC
Professor of Physiology
Director, School of Medicine and Surgery
The University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
Deputy Editor of Europace; Associate Editor of Frontiers and J Cardiovasc Pharmacology

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