David Valdes

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RATIONALE The regenerative potential of the heart is insufficient to fully restore functioning myocardium after injury, motivating the quest for a cell-based replacement strategy. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the capacity for cardiac repair that appears to exceed their capacity for differentiation into cardiac myocytes. OBJECTIVE(More)
The mechanism(s) underlying cardiac reparative effects of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) remain highly controversial. Here we tested the hypothesis that MSCs regenerate chronically infarcted myocardium through mechanisms comprising long-term engraftment and trilineage differentiation. Twelve weeks after myocardial infarction, female swine(More)
BACKGROUND Growth hormone-releasing hormone agonists (GHRH-As) stimulate cardiac repair following myocardial infarction (MI) in rats through the activation of the GHRH signaling pathway within the heart. We tested the hypothesis that the administration of GHRH-As prevents ventricular remodeling in a swine subacute MI model. METHODS AND RESULTS Twelve(More)
Living donor liver transplantation reduces time and mortality on the waiting list. Bleeding is a serious complication; however, "overcorrection" of coagulopathy may lead to hepatic artery thrombosis. We report a case where desmopressin (DDAVP) was used in the management of persistent postreperfusion bleeding (44 red blood cell units transfused). After 1(More)
Serum deprivation of cells in culture leads usually to an arrest of DNA synthesis and cell proliferation but the transfer of cultured cells from serum-containing to serum-free medium results in a transient stimulation of the incorporation of radioactive thymidine to macromolecules. This stimulation effect produced by medium change can be separated into two(More)
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