Allyson M Leone

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BACKGROUND It is recognized that different events contribute to the initiation of ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms (ATAAs) in patients with bicuspid aortic valves (BAV) versus patients with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV), but the molecular signaling pathways driving aneurysm formation remain unclear. Protein kinase C (PKC) is a superfamily of kinases(More)
Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins are GTPase-activating proteins for heterotrimeric G proteins. One of the best-studied RGS proteins, RGS4, accelerates the rate of GTP hydrolysis by all G(i) and G(q) alpha subunits yet has been shown to exhibit receptor selectivity. Although RGS4 is expressed primarily in brain, its effect on modulating the(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI) commonly causes infarct expansion (IE). This study sought to interrupt IE through microinjections of a biocompatible composite material into the post-MI myocardium. METHODS MI was created in 21 pigs (coronary ligation). Radiopaque markers (2-mm diameter) were placed for IE(More)
BACKGROUND The direct consequences of a persistently increased myocardial expression of the unique matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) membrane type-1 (MT1-MMP) on myocardial remodeling remained unexplored. METHODS AND RESULTS Cardiac-restricted MT1-MMPexp was constructed in mice using the full-length human MT1-MMP gene ligated to the myosin heavy chain(More)
BACKGROUND An important component of matrix remodeling during thoracic aortic aneurysm progression is the balance between matrix metalloproteinases and their endogenous inhibitors (tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases). However, whether and to what degree matrix metalloproteinase/tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases profiles change over time with an(More)
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