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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 352734, 11 pages
Review Article

Heart Failure: Advanced Development in Genetics and Epigenetics

Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, No. 79, Qing-Chun Road, Hangzhou 310003, China

Received 27 November 2014; Revised 25 February 2015; Accepted 19 March 2015

Academic Editor: Daniele Catalucci

Copyright © 2015 Jian Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Heart failure (HF) is a complex pathophysiological syndrome that arises from a primary defect in the ability of the heart to take in and/or eject sufficient blood. Genetic mutations associated with familial dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy can contribute to the various pathologies of HF. Therefore, genetic screening could be an approach for guiding individualized therapies and surveillance. In addition, epigenetic regulation occurs via key mechanisms, including ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling, DNA methylation, histone modification, and RNA-based mechanisms. MicroRNA is also a hot spot in HF research. This review gives an overview of genetic mutations associated with cardiomyopathy and the roles of some epigenetic mechanisms in HF.