IRAK contributes to burn-triggered myocardial contractile dysfunction

James A. Thomas, May F. Tsen, D. Jean White, Jureta W. Horton

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Major burn injury causes myocardial contractile dysfunction, but the molecular basis of this physiological response is incompletely understood. Previous studies demonstrated a role for the interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase (IRAK) in the cardiac response to acute lipopolysaccharide administration as well as congestive heart failure. In this study, we examined the contribution of IRAK to burn-mediated cardiac responses. After burn injury, hearts from wild-type and IRAK-deficient mice were compared for intracellular signaling pathway activation and contractile function. IRAK-deficient hearts showed impaired activation of kinases that function downstream of IRAK and were partially protected against burn-induced contractile dysfunction. The findings demonstrate that IRAK and the Toll/interleukin-1 pathways participate in the response to large body surface area burns that leads to impaired cardiac contractility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H829-H836
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number2 52-2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Burn injury
  • Contractile function
  • Signal transduction
  • Transgenic animals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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