Oncometabolism: A Paradigm for the Metabolic Remodeling of the Failing Heart

Annika-Ricarda Kuhn, Marc van Bilsen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Heart failure is associated with profound alterations in cardiac intermediary metabolism. One of the prevailing hypotheses is that metabolic remodeling leads to a mismatch between cardiac energy (ATP) production and demand, thereby impairing cardiac function. However, even after decades of research, the relevance of metabolic remodeling in the pathogenesis of heart failure has remained elusive. Here we propose that cardiac metabolic remodeling should be looked upon from more perspectives than the mere production of ATP needed for cardiac contraction and relaxation. Recently, advances in cancer research have revealed that the metabolic rewiring of cancer cells, often coined as oncometabolism, directly impacts cellular phenotype and function. Accordingly, it is well feasible that the rewiring of cardiac cellular metabolism during the development of heart failure serves similar functions. In this review, we reflect on the influence of principal metabolic pathways on cellular phenotype as originally described in cancer cells and discuss their potential relevance for cardiac pathogenesis. We discuss current knowledge of metabolism-driven phenotypical alterations in the different cell types of the heart and evaluate their impact on cardiac pathogenesis and therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13902
Number of pages25
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2022


  • Humans
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Heart
  • Heart Failure/metabolism
  • Adenosine Triphosphate/metabolism


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