Zinc at the heart of a new study

Monday 13 July 2015

2569New research led by the University of St Andrews reveals that zinc plays a key role in regulating heart muscle contractility and that an imbalance in intracellular zinc may contribute to diseases such as heart failure and fatal arrhythmias. Although just a first step, this kind of basic science research underpins our understanding of the pathophysiology of disease.


The paper ‘Intracellular zinc modulates cardiac ryanodine receptor-mediated calcium release’ is published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry online:



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