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The aims of this study were to examine, in vivo, the effects of GH treatment on myocardial energy metabolism, function, morphology, and neurohormonal status in rats during the early postinfarct remodeling phase. Myocardial infarction (MI) was induced in male Sprague Dawley rats. Three different groups were studied: MI rats treated with saline (n = 7), MI(More)
INTRODUCTION Human embryonic stem cells (hES) have emerged as a potentially new therapeutic approach for treatment of heart and other diseases applying the concept of regenerative medicine. A method for in vivo visualization and tracking of transplanted hES would increase our understanding of in vivo hES behavior in both experimental and clinical settings.(More)
Cardiovascular abnormalities represent the major cause of death in patients with acromegaly. We evaluated cardiac structure, function, and energy status in adult transgenic mice overexpressing bovine GH (bGH) gene. Female transgenic mice expressing bGH gene (n = 11) 8 months old and aged matched controls (n = 11) were used. They were studied with(More)
The paired tracer-dilution method applied to the rat hindlimb perfusion technique was used to investigate the effect of a 10-wk treadmill training program on glucose transport and net uptake in rat skeletal muscles. Glycolytic and oxidative marker enzyme activities were determined. The rats were allowed to rest for 2 days before the experiments were carried(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate in vivo effects of long-term selective beta1-blockade on cardiac energy metabolism, remodelling, function and plasma cytokines in a rat model of post-infarct congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS Myocardial infarction (MI) was induced in male rats by ligation of the left coronary artery. Three different groups of rats were(More)
The interaction between ferricytochrome c and cardiolipin was investigated by 1H n.m.r. at 270 MHz. From the phospholipid-induced changes of the protein spectral features it is concluded that the first 2 equivalents of cardiolipin cause a conformational change at the lower part of the solvent-exposed haem edge, involving a rearrangement of the hydrogen-bond(More)
Previous studies have shown that irradiation at 634 nm decreases the release of extracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) without affecting viability in human monocytes. Here, we examined the effect of irradiation at 634 nm on the release of nitric oxide (NO), activation of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and endothelial NOS (eNOS), and release of(More)
An in vivo rat hindlimb tourniquet ischemia model was used to study the purine nucleotide metabolism in response to 2, 4, and 6 h of ischemia and to the same ischemia periods followed by 1 h of reperfusion. All purine intermediates from ATP to uric acid were determined in skeletal muscle with a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system. The major(More)
Recent advances in transgenic technology have made the mouse a particularly interesting small animal in cardiovascular research. Increasingly sophisticated experimental methods and tools are needed for detailed characterization of cardiovascular physiology and biochemistry in the mice. The objective of this study was to develop a method for noninvasive(More)
The perfused rat hindlimb preparation was used with a blood cell-free perfusate to investigate alterations in the purine nucleotide metabolism, flow rate, perfusion pressure, and venous excretion in response to ischemia and ischemia followed by reperfusion in skeletal muscle. The development of a physical hindrance during postischemic reperfusion, indicated(More)