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AIM Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are a promising candidate for cardiac replacement therapies. However, the majority of transplanted MSC are readily lost after transplantation because of poor blood supply, ischemia-reperfusion, and inflammatory factors. We aimed to study the effects of hypoxia preconditioning (HPC) on hypoxia/reoxygenation-induced apoptosis(More)
OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that anoxic preconditioning (AP) could enhance the cardioprotective effect of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). METHODS Myocardial infarction (MI) was set up in Sprague-Dawley rats and left ventricles were randomly injected with the following: DMEM, MSCs and AP-MSCs. Cardiac function was assessed by echocardiography 4 weeks after(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiomyocyte apoptosis takes place at an early stage after myocardial infarction (MI). Therapy with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is reported to reduce apoptosis. OBJECTIVES To determine whether anoxic preconditioning (AP) could enhance the antiapoptotic effect of MSCs. METHODS Cultured cardiomyocytes were treated with Dulbecco's modified(More)
AIM The angiopoietin-1 (Ang1)/Tie-2 signaling system not only plays a pivotal role in vessel growth, remodeling, and maturation, but also reduces apoptosis of endothelial cells, neurons, and cardiomyocytes. However, relatively little is known as to whether Ang1 has a protective effect on mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). The aim of the present study was to(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to test the protective effect of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on cardiomyocytes in vitro and to investigate the anti-apoptotic signaling pathway. METHODS MSCs from Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were separated and cultured. MSC medium was collected from MSCs cultured in serum-free Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM)(More)
BACKGROUND Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation is a promising strategy in the treatment of myocardial infarction (MI). However, the time for transplanting cells remains controversial. The aim of this study was to find an optimal time point for cell transplantation. METHODS MSCs were isolated and cultured from Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats.(More)
BACKGROUND Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) plays a crucial role in hypoxia-induced angiogenesis and is expressed only in sites of vascular remodeling. Ang-2 expression can be regulated by hypoxia inducible factors and other regulators with exposure to hypoxia. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCP) is one of the leading causes of increased morbidity and mortality in the diabetic population. The neuregulin-1(NRG1)/ErbB signal system plays a critical role in maintenance of adult heart function. But little is known about the changes of NRG1/ErbB signal system in DCP. The aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine whether EMMPRIN (extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer) is present and is up-regulated in human aneurysmal aortas, and to assess a possible association with AngII (angiotensin II)-induced aneurysm formation. The presence of EMMPRIN was assessed in 41 surgical specimens from patients with a TAA (thoracic(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic microvascular changes are considered to be influenced by angiogenic factors. As a compensatory mechanism, the expression of some angiogenic factors are elevated in ischemic myocardium. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes of serum angiogenic factors, and the association among these angiogenic factors, the severity of(More)