Efferocytosis during myocardial infarction

Chikashi Yoshimura, Akiomi Nagasaka, Hitoshi Kurose, Michio Nakaya

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Myocardial infarction is one of the major causes of death worldwide. Many heart cells die during myocardial infarction through various processes such as necrosis, apoptosis, necroptosis, autophagy-related cell death, pyroptosis and ferroptosis. These dead cells in infarcted hearts expose the so-called 'eat-me' signals, such as phosphatidylserine, on their surfaces, enhancing their removal by professional and non-professional phagocytes. Clearance of dead cells by phagocytes in the diseased hearts plays a crucial role in the pathology of myocardial infarction by inhibiting the inflammatory responses caused by the leakage of contents from dead cells. This review focuses on the rapidly growing understanding of the molecular mechanisms of dead cell phagocytosis, termed efferocytosis, during myocardial infarction, which contributes to the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of biochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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