Investigational New Drugs

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 1257–1260 | Cite as

TRAIL shows potential cardioprotective activity

  • Barbara Toffoli
  • Stella Bernardi
  • Riccardo Candido
  • Serena Zacchigna
  • Bruno Fabris
  • Paola SecchieroEmail author


Recent clinical trials carried out in patients with advanced cancer have shown that recombinant TRAIL administration is usually safe and well tolerated when used either alone or in association with chemotherapeutic drugs. Notably, anticancer chemotherapy can be associated to cardiomiopathy. We have here demonstrated that TRAIL (administrated as either recombinant soluble TRAIL or as AAV-TRAIL expression viral vector) reduced the development of cardiomyopathy in the ApoE-/- diabetic mouse model. These data suggest, for the first time, that therapeutically administration of TRAIL might have a cardioprotective effect.


Diabetic Mouse Cardiac Fibrosis Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Left Ventricle Mass Cardiac Apoptosis 
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This work was supported by a grant from “Programma di Ricerca Regione-Università 2007/2009” (Regione Emilia Romagna to P.S.) and from “Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica” of Italy (to B.F.).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Toffoli
    • 1
  • Stella Bernardi
    • 2
  • Riccardo Candido
    • 4
  • Serena Zacchigna
    • 5
  • Bruno Fabris
    • 6
  • Paola Secchiero
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute for Maternal and Child HealthIRCCS Burlo GarofoloTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Diabetic Complications, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes InstituteMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Morphology and Embryology and LTTA CentreUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  4. 4.Diabetic CentreA.S.S. 1 TriestinaTriesteItaly
  5. 5.Medicine LaboratoryInternational Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)TriesteItaly
  6. 6.Department of Medical, Technological and Translational SciencesUniversity of Trieste, Cattinara HospitalTriesteItaly

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