Interactions between epicardial adipose tissue and cardiomyocytes: results from a 3D co-culture system

Rietdorf, Katja and MacQueen, Hilary (2015). Interactions between epicardial adipose tissue and cardiomyocytes: results from a 3D co-culture system. In: Pharmacology 2015 (British Pharmacological Society), 15-17 Dec 2015, London.

Abstract

We report a study of the interactions between epicardial adipose tissue, which is tightly apposed to the heart in vivo, and cardiomyocytes, using rat cells in a novel 3D co-culture system. Our findings are that in addition to being a local source of energy-rich fatty acids which support cardiac function, adipocytes are a source of paracrine factors that modulate the amplitude and rate of contraction. This is achieved by changes in a number of cardiomyocyte signalling pathways.

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