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Dehghani A, Safari F. Klotho as a Novel Cardioprotective Protein in Aged Heart. Elderly Health Journal. 2018; 4 (2) :35-36
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Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
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Klotho as a Novel Cardioprotective Protein in Aged Heart
Ali Dehghani 1, Fatemeh Safari 2*
1. Department of Aging Health, School of Public Health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
2. Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

    In recent years, researchers have been looking for genes whose products can directly affect the aging process. Among these, the anti-aging protein klotho has attracted much attention. This single transmembrane protein is expressed in the renal tissues, parathyroid gland and choroid network of the brain and acts as a co-receptor for Fibroblast Growth Factor FGF. In this way, it contributes to calcium and phosphate homeostasis, which is in fact the classical function of this protein. The second extracellular protein of this protein can be released from cell surface by ectodomain shedding and get secreted into the blood, which, in turn, as an “endocrine factor”, affects the body in many ways (1).
    Interestingly, in recent years, klotho expression has been confirmed in the cardiovascular system and novel cardioprotective effects have been reported for this protein. In a study on older people, it was shown that the serum level of klotho reduced in both men and women when age increased (2). The reduction in serum klotho level is directly associated with vascular dysfunction symptoms in patients with chronic kidney disease (3).
    The level of klotho protein in serum and cardiomyocytes of patients with atherosclerosis was also lower than that in normal people (4, 5). A study on 804 older people over 65 years in Italy showed that the serum klotho level is an independent predictor for all mortality causes. People with lower plasma klotho levels had a higher risk of death (6).
    The exact mechanisms for the cardioprotective effects of klotho are still unknown, but it seems that strengthening the antioxidant system and suppressing apoptosis are the main pathways for the function of this protein. klotho protects cardiomyocytes against hypoxia/reoxygenation induced injury (7) and isoproterenol-induced cardiac damage (8) by activating superoxide dismutase antioxidant factor and inhibiting apoptosis. In another study, klotho suppressed isoproterenol-induced P38 activation and protected the heart from damage by reducing endoplasmic reticulum stress and apoptosis (9).
    Study on the cardiovascular effects of this protein is at an early stage, but it can provide a new insight on the treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the older people or even delaying the aging process in the cardiovascular system.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2018/10/23 | Accepted: 2018/12/1 | Published: 2018/12/29

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