Wnt5a is associated with right ventricular dysfunction and adverse outcome in dilated cardiomyopathy
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Original versionScientific Reports. 2017, 7, 3490. 10.1038/s41598-017-03625-9
The Wingless (Wnt) pathway has been implicated in the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). To explore the role of Wnt modulators Wnt5a and sFRP3 in DCM patients we analyzed the expression of Wnt5a and sFRP3 in plasma and myocardium of DCM patients and evaluated their effects on NFAT luciferase activity in neonatal mouse cardiomyocytes. Elevated circulating Wnt5a (n = 102) was associated with increased pulmonary artery pressures, decreased right ventricular function and adverse outcome, with a stronger association in more severely affected patients. A higher Wnt5a/sFRP3 ratio (n = 25) was found in the right ventricle vs. the left ventricle and was correlated with NFAT activation as well as pulmonary artery pressures. Wnt5a induced NFAT activation and sFRP3 release in cardiomyocytes in vitro, while sFRP3 antagonized Wnt5a. Wnt5a is associated with right ventricular dysfunction and adverse outcome in DCM patients and may promote the progression of DCM through NFAT signaling.