Barbara J. McDermott

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The hypothesis that endothelin (ET) receptor mechanisms are altered during development and progression of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in vivo was tested using spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Ventricular cardiomyocytes were isolated from SHRs before onset (8 and 12 wk) and during progression (16, 20, and 24 wk) of LVH and compared with(More)
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is an insulin-releasing hormone clinically exploited for glycaemic control in diabetes, which also confers acute cardioprotection and benefits in experimental/clinical heart failure. We specifically investigated the role of the GLP-1 mimetic, exendin-4, in post-myocardial infarction (MI) remodelling, which is a key(More)
In addition to its' established metabolic and cardioprotective effects, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) reduces post-infarction heart failure via preferential actions on the extracellular matrix (ECM). Here, we investigated whether the GLP-1 mimetic, exendin-4, modulates cardiac remodelling in experimental diabetes by specifically targeting inflammatory/ECM(More)
BACKGROUND Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) therapies are routinely used for glycaemic control in diabetes and their emerging cardiovascular actions have been a major recent research focus. In addition to GLP-1 receptor activation, the metabolically-inactive breakdown product, GLP-1(9-36)amide, also appears to exert notable cardiovascular effects, including(More)
The behavioral paradigm of latent inhibition (LI) involves the retardation of conditioning to a stimulus when paired with reinforcement, if preexposure to that stimulus with no significant consequence has occurred. This phenomenon is believed to reflect a process of learning to ignore stimuli as irrelevant. Disruption in LI can be considered to be an(More)
We have reported previously that calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) exerts hypertrophic effects, defined in the broadest sense as increased mass of protein per cell, in adult rat ventricular in vitro. The aim of the present investigation was to determine whether the peptide also increases the cell surface area of, and induces expression of ANP and(More)
Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) exerts a positive contractile response directly in rat ventricular cardiomyocytes. This response is mediated by receptors of the CGRP1-subtype. Amylin is 46% homologous with CGRP and binds to receptors selective for CGRP in a range of tissues. The ability of amylin to influence ventricular contractility has been(More)