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Center for Molecular Cardiology

Network-guided multiomic mapping of aortic valve calcification


Despite devastating clinical sequelae of calcific aortic valve disease that range from left ventricular remodeling to arrhythmias, heart failure, and early death, the molecular insights into disease initiation and progression are limited and pharmacotherapies remain unavailable. The pathobiology of calcific aortic valve disease is complex and comprehensive studies are challenging: valvular calcification is heterogeneous and occurs preferentially on the aortic surface, along a fibrocalcific spectrum. In this article, we review efforts to study (epi-)genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic aspects of aortic valve calcification in combination with network medicine-/systems biology-based strategies to integrate multilayered omics datasets and prioritize druggable targets for experimental validation studies. Ultimately, such holistic approach efforts may open therapeutic avenues that go beyond invasive and costly valve replacement therapy.