Chemokines in Myocardial Infarction

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In the infarcted myocardium, cardiomyocyte necrosis triggers an intense inflammatory reaction that not only is critical for cardiac repair, but also contributes to adverse remodeling and to the pathogenesis of heart failure. Both CC and CXC chemokines are markedly induced in the infarcted heart, bind to endothelial glycosaminoglycans, and regulate leukocyte trafficking and function. ELR+ CXC chemokines (such as CXCL8) control neutrophil infiltration, whereas CC chemokines (such as CCL2) mediate recruitment of mononuclear cells. Moreover, some members of the chemokine family (such as CXCL10 and CXCL12) may mediate leukocyte-independent actions, directly modulating fibroblast and vascular cell function. This review manuscript discusses our understanding of the role of the chemokines in regulation of injury, repair, and remodeling following myocardial infarction. Although several chemokines may be promising therapeutic targets in patients with myocardial infarction, clinical implementation of chemokine-based therapeutics is hampered by the broad effects of the chemokines in both injury and repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-52
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • CCL2
  • CXCL12
  • Cardiac remodeling
  • Chemokine
  • Leukocyte
  • Myocardial infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Genetics(clinical)


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