Mast Cell-Derived Cathepsin g: A Possible Role in The Adverse Remodeling of The Failing Human Heart
Cardiac Output, Low
Heart failure causes an increase of myocardial MCs. We have provided evidence that cathepsin g positive MCs accumulate during heart failure and their total percentage decreases after ventricular unloading. This coincides with the decrease in myocyte necrosis, hypertrophy, and fibrosis. Thus, cathepsin g may play a role in the progression to heart failure by activating angiotensin II, leading to detrimental effects on the heart.