volume 9, issue 8, P1150-1164 2017
DOI: 10.15252/emmm.201707604
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Abstract: AbstractThe endocrine system is crucial for maintaining whole‐body homeostasis. Little is known regarding endocrine hormones secreted by the heart other than atrial/brain natriuretic peptides discovered over 30 years ago. Here, we identify growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) as a heart‐derived hormone that regulates body growth. We show that pediatric heart disease induces GDF15 synthesis and secretion by cardiomyocytes. Circulating GDF15 in turn acts on the liver to inhibit growth hormone (GH) signaling …

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