Dennis Cheek

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Analogues of L-arginine with modifications at the terminal guanidino nitrogen and/or the carboxyl terminus of the molecule have been widely used for their ability to inhibit the production of nitric oxide and are thought to be competitive antagonists of nitric oxide synthase. The present studies were designed to test the possibility that these agents are(More)
The Nucleotide Axis Hypothesis, defined and supported herein, proposes that ATP stimulates the release of vasoactive mediators from endothelium, including ATP itself. Here, we show rapid endothelium-dependent, agonist-stimulated ATP elaboration in coronary vessels of guinea pigs. Measurement of extracellular ADP metabolism in intact vessels results in the(More)
Angiostatin blocks tumor angiogenesis in vivo, almost certainly through its demonstrated ability to block endothelial cell migration and proliferation. Although the mechanism of angiostatin action remains unknown, identification of F(1)-F(O) ATP synthase as the major angiostatin-binding site on the endothelial cell surface suggests that ATP metabolism may(More)
Purified endothelial cells isolated from guinea pig hearts by enzymatic perfusion were grown in monolayer culture and used to test the ability of a variety of vasoactive agents to stimulate ATP release from these cells. Stimulation of endothelial cells with the peptide agonist bradykinin (1 nmol/L), acetylcholine (1 mumol/L), serotonin (1 mumol/L), or(More)
PURPOSE Aerobic exercise is frequently prescribed to reduce inflammatory-related disease (cardiovascular disease and diabetes) risk. Resistance training (RT), however, may be key to maximizing anti-inflammatory benefits of consistent exercise. We examined the influence of RT on inflammatory biomarkers in obese, postmenopausal women. METHODS Twenty-three(More)
INTRODUCTION Acute bouts of heat stress and exercise have been shown to independently increase heat shock protein levels; however, the combination of these two stressors on HSP-72 expression in human skeletal muscle has not been established. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a bout of exercise in the heat on HSP-72 expression. (More)
The purpose of this research was to determine the effect of a 7-day heat acclimation protocol on HSP-72 expression in human skeletal muscle, and to examine the relationships between molecular and physiological markers of heat acclimation. Ten recreationally active male subjects (age = 23.3 +/- 2.81 yrs, VO(2peak) = 3.85 +/- 0.11 L . min (-1)) completed a(More)
The regulation of blood flow in the heart on a moment-to-moment basis is essential to meet changes in the oxygen demands of cardiac muscle. The signals that subserve this regulation are not all firmly established. Although the formation and release of adenosine by cardiac muscle during periods of hypoxia or regional ischemia in the heart are well known to(More)