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Cell therapy is expected to restore perfusion and improve function in the ischemic/infarcted myocardium; however, the biological mechanisms and local effects of transplanted cells remain unclear. To assess cell fate in vivo, hexadecyl-4-[(18)F]fluorobenzoate ((18)F-HFB) cell labeling was evaluated for tracking human circulating progenitor cells (CPCs) with(More)
Hb D-Los Angeles is characterized by the substitution of glutamine for glutamic acid at position 121 of the beta-globin chain. The present investigation is the first study on the beta-globin gene haplotypes associated with beta-D-Los Angeles in Western Iran. Thirty two individuals from 11 unrelated families from Western Iran were studied. The Hb D-Los(More)
Injectable delivery matrices hold promise in enhancing engraftment and the overall efficacy of cardiac cell therapies; however, the mechanisms responsible remain largely unknown. Here we studied the interaction of a collagen matrix with circulating angiogenic cells (CACs) in a mouse myocardial infarction model. CACs + matrix treatment enhanced CAC(More)
PURPOSE To report procedure-related complications and neurological adverse events of unprotected over-the-wire (OTW) and protected rapid exchange (RX) carotid artery stenting (CAS) in a single-center patient series during an 8-year period. METHODS Between 1997 and 2004, 651 consecutive patients (445 men; median age 72 years, interquartile range 64-77)(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms involved in myocardial regeneration and cardiac remodeling were examined by injecting porcine-derived small intestine submucosal extracellular matrix (SIS-ECM), with and without circulating angiogenic cells (CACs), in a mouse model of acute myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS Nine- to 10-week-old female C57BL/6J mice had the left(More)
Injectable biomaterials have shown promise for cardiac regeneration therapy. However, little is known regarding their retention and distribution upon application in vivo. Matrix imaging would be useful for evaluating these important properties. Herein, hexadecyl-4-[(18)F]fluorobenzoate ((18)F-HFB) and Qdot labeling was used to evaluate collagen matrix(More)
We sought to identify an essential component of the TEAD4/VGLL4 transcription factor complex that controls vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) expression in muscle. A yeast 2-hybrid screen was used to clone a novel component of the TEAD4 complex from a human heart cDNA library. We identified interferon response factor 2 binding protein 2 (IRF2BP2)(More)
Injectable hydrogel biomaterials are promising therapies to promote repair and regeneration post-myocardial infarction (MI). However, the timing of delivery and the mechanisms through which biomaterial treatments confer their benefits are translational issues that remain to be addressed. We assessed the efficacy of an injectable collagen matrix at 3(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a syndrome characterized by lung vascular intimal lesions, smooth muscle layer hypertrophy, perivascular inflammation, and concomitant right ventricular (RV) remodeling which can ultimately lead to the RV function decline known as RV failure (RVF). A key determining factor for RVF development is the RV metabolic(More)
UNLABELLED  Purpose. Split-thickness skin graft donor site management is an important patient comfort issue. The present study examined the effects of aloe vera cream compared to placebo cream and gauze dressing on the rates of wound healing and infection at the donor site. METHODS Forty-five patients were enrolled in this randomized clinical(More)
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