Andreas Jungmann

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CaM kinase II (CaMKII) has been suggested to drive pathological cardiac remodeling and heart failure. However, the evidence provided so far is based on inhibitory strategies using chemical compounds and peptides that also exert off-target effects and followed exclusively preventive strategies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate whether(More)
AIMS Inducible gene targeting in mice using the Cre/LoxP system has become a valuable tool to analyse the roles of specific genes in the adult heart. However, the commonly used Myh6-MerCreMer system requires time-consuming breeding schedules and is potentially associated with cardiac side effects, which may result in transient cardiac dysfunction. The aim(More)
CaMKII was suggested to mediate ischemic myocardial injury and adverse cardiac remodeling. Here, we investigated the roles of different CaMKII isoforms and splice variants in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury by the use of new genetic CaMKII mouse models. Although CaMKIIδC was upregulated 1 day after I/R injury, cardiac damage 1 day after I/R was neither(More)
AIMS Osteopontin (OPN) is a multifunctional cytokine critically involved in cardiac fibrosis. However, the underlying mechanisms are unresolved. Non-coding RNAs are powerful regulators of gene expression and thus might mediate this process. METHODS AND RESULTS OPN and miR-21 were significantly increased in cardiac biopsies of patients with myocardial(More)
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors with capsids of AAV serotype 9 enable an efficient transduction of the heart upon intravenous injection of adult mice but also transduce the liver. The aim of this study was to improve specificity of AAV9 vector-mediated cardiac gene transfer by microRNA (miR)-dependent control of transgene expression. We constructed(More)
AIMS Pulmonary hypertension is a progressive disease with poor prognosis, characterized by pathological inward remodelling and loss of patency of the lung vasculature. The right ventricle is co-affected by pulmonary hypertension, which triggers events such as hypoxia and/or increased mechanical load. Initially the right ventricle responds with 'adaptive'(More)
Hemodynamic forces are important effectors of endothelial cell phenotype and function. Because CD40-CD154 interactions between endothelial cells and mononuclear leukocytes or activated platelets play an important role in vascular dysfunction, we investigated the effects of cyclic stretch on CD40 expression in human cultured endothelial cells. Short-term(More)
Low levels of the molecular inotrope S100A1 are sufficient to rescue post-ischemic heart failure (HF). As a prerequisite to clinical application and to determine the safety of myocardial S100A1 DNA-based therapy, we investigated the effects of high myocardial S100A1 expression levels on the cardiac contractile function and occurrence of arrhythmia in a(More)