Cher-Rin Chong

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Neuronal replacement occurs in the forebrain of juvenile and adult songbirds. To address the molecular processes that govern this replacement, we cloned the zebra finch insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) cDNA, a factor known to regulate neuronal development and survival in other systems, and examined its expression pattern by in situ hybridization and(More)
BACKGROUND Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is increasingly well-recognized as a cause of chest-pain syndromes, especially in aging females. The most common complications of TTC occur in the first 24 hours post onset of symptoms and include shock and/or arrhythmias. HYPOTHESIS We tested the hypothesis that the severity of early hypotension in TTC reflects(More)
AIM Little is known regarding the steady-state uptake of drugs into the human myocardium. Perhexiline is a prophylactic anti-anginal drug which is increasingly also used in the treatment of heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We explored the relationship between plasma perhexiline concentrations and its uptake into the myocardium. METHODS(More)
The nitric oxide (NO)/soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) system is fundamental to endothelial control of vascular tone, but also plays a major role in the negative modulation of platelet aggregation. The phenomenon of platelet NO resistance, or decreased antiaggregatory response to NO, occurs increasingly with advanced age, as well as in the context of(More)
BACKGROUND Perhexiline, originally used as a first-line prophylactic antianginal agent, is now regarded primarily as a treatment for otherwise refractory myocardial ischemia. Recent studies have also demonstrated its short-term utility in heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and inoperable aortic stenosis. Its benefits on myocardial energetics state(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperglycemia in patients with acute coronary syndromes is associated with poor outcomes, and its rapid correction with insulin infusion has been shown to restore platelet responsiveness to nitric oxide and to suppress superoxide (O2(-)) generation. Thioredoxin-interacting protein has emerged recently as a pivotal modulator of(More)
The thioredoxin system, which consists of thioredoxin (Trx), nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) and thioredoxin reductase (TrxR), has emerged as a major anti-oxidant involved in the maintenance of cellular physiology and survival. Dysregulation in this system has been associated with metabolic, cardiovascular, and malignant disorders.(More)
Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) occurs particularly in post-menopausal women, being precipitated in many cases by severe emotional stress. We describe six patients in whom TTC occurred in association with therapeutic ingestion or overdose of the serotonin/noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor venlafaxine, or its metabolite desvenlafaxine. Importantly, two of the(More)
BACKGROUND Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is often associated with hypotension and shock. However, development of hypotension/shock in TTC is not closely related to extent of left ventricular (LV) hypokinesis. We sought to determine whether additional right ventricular (RV) involvement in TTC might contribute to hypotension and shock development and thus to(More)
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a form of reversible acute cardiac dysfunction of uncertain pathogenesis, which occurs predominantly in postmenopausal women, often with antecedent severe stress. Systolic dysfunction most commonly affects the apex of the left ventricle. There is considerable uncertainty regarding the pathogenesis of TTC and the optimal(More)