Molecular pathways and crosstalk characterizing the cardiorenal syndrome.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


OMICS, Volume 16, Issue 3, p.105-12 (2012)


Albumins, Apolipoprotein A-I, asb, Cardio-Renal Syndrome, Cardiovascular Diseases, Humans, Renal Insufficiency, Chronic


The risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is dramatically increased in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Mechanisms leading to this cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) are multifactorial, and combined analyses of both failing organs may provide routes toward developing strategies for early risk assessment, prognosis, and consequently effective therapy. In order to identify molecular mechanisms involved in the crosstalk between the diseased cardiovascular system and kidney, we analyzed tissue specific transcriptomics profiles on atherosclerosis and diabetic nephropathy together with gene sets associated with cardiovascular and chronic kidney diseases that derived from a literature mining approach. We focused on enriched molecular pathways and highlight molecular interactions found within as well as between affected pathways identified for the two organs. Analysis on the level of molecular pathways pointed out the role of PPAR signaling, coagulation, inflammation, and focal adhesion pathways in formation and progression of the CRS. The proteins apolipoprotein A1 (APOA1) and albumin (ALB) turned out to be of particular importance in the context of dyslipidemia, one of the major risk factors for the development of CVD. In summary, our analyses highlight mechanisms associated with dyslipidemia, hemodynamic regulation, and inflammation on the interface between the cardiovascular and the renal system.