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Usher syndrome (USH) is an autosomal-recessive disease characterized by neurosensory deafness and progressive retinitis pigmentosa. So far, three clinical types of Usher syndrome have been defined, and are caused by defects at more than eight loci. We report the linkage analysis of seven Lebanese families with Usher syndrome, two with type I (USH1) and five(More)
Tissue renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) has attracted much attention because of its physiological and pharmacological implications; however, a clear definition of tissue RAAS is still missing. We aimed to establish a preliminary atlas for the organization of RAAS across 23 different normal human tissues. A set of 37 genes encoding classical and(More)
The involvement of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and cortisol in increased cardiovascular risk is well known. If numerous relationships between RAAS and corticosteroids have been described, their interactions within the arterial wall, especially during the transdifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and the atheroma(More)
OBJECTIVE The implication of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in atheroma development is well described. However, a complete view of the local RAAS in atheroma is still missing. In this study we aimed to reveal the organization of RAAS in atheroma at the transcriptomic level and identify the transcriptional regulators behind it. DESIGN AND(More)
RAAS, a major pharmacological target in cardiovascular medicine, is inhibited by pharmacological classes including angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (ACEIs), angiotensin-II type 1 blockers (ARBs) and aldosterone receptors antagonists, in addition to the recently introduced direct renin inhibitors (DRIs). However, currently used RAAS inhibitors(More)
AIM Local levels of angiotensin peptides depend on their rates of production and degradation, which induce proatherogenic or atheroprotective effects. Here, we reveal the kinetics of Angiotensin-I metabolism in paired early and advanced atherosclerotic lesions. METHODS Lesions were spiked with labeled Ang-I* and supernatants withdrawn after 0, 10, 20, 40(More)
The importance of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in the development of atherosclerotic has been experimentally documented. In fact, RAAS components have been shown to be locally expressed in the arterial wall and to be differentially regulated during atherosclerotic lesion progression. RAAS transcripts and proteins were shown to be(More)
Despite the well-known role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in atheroma, its global local organization is poorly understood. In this study, we used transcriptomic meta-analysis to reveal the local transcriptional organization and regulation of 37 extended RAAS (extRAAS) genes in atheroma. Expression analysis and hierarchical clustering(More)
Three different ruthenium complexes have been synthesized and their luminescence properties in different solvent environments are reported. Luminescence intensities and excited state lifetimes of Ru-I, Ru-II and Ru-III vary with solvent viscosity. The excited state lifetime of Ru-I linearly increases in the viscosity range 1.76-12,100cP. Ru-II shows two(More)
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