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Clinical evidence indicates that intensive insulin therapy during critical illness protects the endothelium and contributes to prevention of organ failure and death but the mechanisms involved remain unclear. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that insulin inhibits adherence of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) to endothelial cells in(More)
To explore the feasibility of constructing engineered myocardial tissues (EMTs) in vivo, using polylactic acid -co-glycolic acid (PLGA) for scaffold and cardiomyocyte-like cells derived from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) for seeded cells. BMMSCs were isolated from femur and tibia of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats by density-gradient centrifugation.(More)
OBJECTIVE It is still not known whether the glial cell activation of locus coeruleus (LC) is involved in the neurophysiologic mechanism of the acute phase of heart disease. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the glial cell activation of LC responds to acute cardiac injury (ACI). METHODS In this study, ACI was established by intramyocardial(More)
P53 is shown recently to play an important role in the proliferation and differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs). In this study, by inhibiting p53-p21 pathway with p53 inhibitor (p-fifty three inhibitor-alpha, PFT-α), we investigated the resulting effects on the differentiation of rat BMMSCs into cardiomyocyte-like cells. BMMSCs were(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of vitamin K2 on aortic calcification induced by warfarin via Gas6/Axl survival pathway in rats. A calcification model was established by administering 3mg/g warfarin to rats. Rats were divided into 9 groups: control group (0W, 4W, 6W and 12W groups), 4W calcification group, 6W calcification group, 12W(More)
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) are ideal seed cells for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Many studies have shown that 5-azacytidine (5-aza) can induce BMMSCs to differentiate into cardiomyogenic cells, but some issues still remain to be resolved. In this study, we investigated the effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) on the(More)
Insulin has been shown to possess significant anti-apoptotic effect in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R). However, the contribution by this protection of insulin to the prolonged cardiac function in rats subjected to ischemia remains unclear. The present study attempted to test whether early insulin treatment influences adverse prolonged post-ischemic(More)
AIMS The optimal dosing strategies for blocking the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) are poorly known. We sought to determine the long-term efficacy and safety of supramaximal titration of benazepril and valsartan in patients with IDCM. METHODS AND RESULTS 480 patients with IDCM in New York Heart Association(More)
OBJECTIVE It was the aim of this study to investigate the impact of pulsed magnetic field (PMF) on ischemic myocardium, though it has been reported that PMF treatment is a safe and effective method to facilitate bone and cutaneous wound healing. METHODS In this report, we describe a study in which 10 Hz 4 mT PMF and 15 Hz 6 mT PMF was used to treat rats(More)
We summarize recent research on percutaneous coronary intervention of chronic total occlusion of the right coronary artery. We then explain the method and technology of forward and backward revascularization in chronic total occlusion of the right coronary artery. Finally, we emphasize the monitoring methods and key treating measures for better prognosis of(More)