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Nicotinamide Riboside Improves Cardiac Function and Prolongs Survival After Disruption of the Cardiomyocyte Clock

Frontiers in Molecular Medicine

May 9, 2022

Dierickx, Pieterjan

Summary

The REV-ERB nuclear receptors are key components of the circadian clock. Loss of REV-ERBs in the mouse heart causes dilated cardiomyopathy and premature lethality. This is associated with a marked reduction in NAD+ production, but whether this plays a role in the pathophysiology of this heart failure model is not known. Here, we show that supplementation with the NAD+ precursor NR as a dietary supplement improves heart function and extends the lifespan of female mice lacking cardiac REV-ERBs. Thus, boosting NAD+ levels can improve cardiac function in a setting of heart failure caused by disruption of circadian clock factors, providing new insights into the links between the circadian clock, energy metabolism, and cardiac function.

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