Brian Ramza

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Periodic changes in membrane ionic current linked to intrinsic oscillations of energy metabolism were identified in guinea pig cardiomyocytes. Metabolic stress initiated cyclical activation of adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium current and concomitant suppression of depolarization-evoked intracellular calcium transients. The oscillations in membrane(More)
A premature action potential elicited in ventricular muscle during the functional refractory period of a preceding action potential requires an increased stimulus intensity for successful propagation. We measured the cellular basis for these relative decreases in tissue excitability during the recovery phase by performing parallel experiments on rabbit left(More)
It is well established that ventricular tissue, under some conditions, exhibits the phenomenon of postrepolarization refractoriness (PRR) in which the tissue excitability is depressed after an action potential. We have done parallel experiments on rabbit papillary muscles and on isolated rabbit ventricular cells to explain the cellular basis of this(More)
Oscillatory rhythms underlie biological processes as diverse and fundamental as neuronal firing, secretion, and muscle contraction. We have detected periodic changes in membrane ionic current driven by intrinsic oscillations of energy metabolism in guinea pig heart cells. Withdrawal of exogenous substrates initiated oscillatory activation of ATP-sensitive(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify genetic factors that would be predictive of individuals who require an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), we conducted a genome-wide association study among individuals with an ICD who experienced a life-threatening arrhythmia (LTA; cases) vs. those who did not over at least a 3-year period (controls). BACKGROUND Most(More)
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