An RNA-based treatment for heart failure
Heart failure is associated with cardiac fibrosis or scarring, an unavoidable consequence of myocardial insult that affects diastolic and systolic function. Despite its great socioeconomic burden, there are no treatments to restore cardiac fibrosis and cure heart failure. The EU-funded MEGFIB project proposes to develop a new approach for treating selected heart failure patients, based on non-coding RNAs, which are emerging as important players in disease pathogenesis. Using oligonucleotides that target the meg3 long non-coding RNA in human cells and tissues, scientists hope to replicate their results in animal models and establish a new approach in heart failure care.
Funding SchemeERC-POC-LS - ERC Proof of Concept Lump Sum Pilot