Pathological Effects of Exosomes in Mediating Diabetic Cardiomyopathy

  • Esam S. B. Salem
  • Guo-Chang FanEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 998)


Diabetic subjects are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which accounts for 60–80% of diabetes-related mortality. Atherosclerosis is still considered as a leading cause of heart failure in diabetic patients, but it could also be an intrinsic and long-term effect of contractile cardiac cells malfunction, known as diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Pathologically, this cardiac dysfunction is manifested by inflammation, apoptosis, fibrosis, hypertrophy and altered cardiomyocytes metabolism. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of DCM pathophysiology are not clearly understood. Recent and several studies have suggested that exosomes are contributed to the regulation of cell-to-cell communication. Therefore, their in-depth investigation can interpret the complex pathophysiology of DCM. Structurally, exosomes are membrane-bounded vesicles (10–200 nm in diameter), which are actively released from all types of cells and detected in all biological fluids. They carry a wide array of bioactive molecules, including mRNAs, none-coding RNAs (e.g., microRNAs, lncRNAs, circRNAs, etc), proteins and lipids. Importantly, the abundance and nature of loaded molecules inside exosomes fluctuate with cell types and pathological conditions. This chapter summarizes currently available studies on the exosomes’ role in the regulation of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Specifically, the advances on the pathological effects of exosomes in diabetic cardiomyopathy as well as the therapeutic potentials and perspectives are also discussed.


Exosomes Non-coding RNAs Diabetes Cardiomyopathy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and Cell BiophysicsUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA

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