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Volume 11 (2011), Pages 1509-1524
Review Article

The Inter-Relationship of Periostin, TGFβ, and BMP in Heart Valve Development and Valvular Heart Diseases

1Riley Heart Research Center, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA
2BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
3Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Received 23 August 2009; Revised 28 June 2011; Accepted 4 July 2011

Academic Editor: David L. Tannahill

Copyright © 2011 Simon J. Conway et al.


Recent studies have suggested an important role for periostin and transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) ligands in heart valve formation and valvular heart diseases. The function of these molecules in cardiovascular development has previously been individually reviewed, but their association has not been thoroughly examined. Here, we summarize the current understanding of the association between periostin and TGFβ and BMP ligands, and discuss the implications of this association in the context of the role of these molecules in heart valve development and valvular homeostasis. Information about hierarchal connections between periostin and TGFβ and BMP ligands in valvulogenesis will increase our understanding of the pathogenesis, progression, and medical treatment of human valve diseases.