Derek K Zachman

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Cardiolipin (CL) is an essential phospholipid component of the inner mitochondrial membrane. In the mammalian heart, the functional form of CL is tetralinoleoyl CL [(18:2)(4)CL]. A decrease in (18:2)(4)CL content, which is believed to negatively impact mitochondrial energetics, occurs in heart failure (HF) and other mitochondrial diseases. Presumably,(More)
BACKGROUND Calcium-dependent secretory phospholipase A(2)-IIA (sPLA(2)-IIA) in the circulation is a marker of inflammation, associated with acute and chronic disease processes. We describe a quick, sensitive and reliable microplate continuous fluorescence assay for determining sPLA(2) activity in serum. METHODS Liposomes composed of a fluorescent probe(More)
The female myocardium, relative to that of the male, exhibits sustained resistance to ischaemic tissue injury, a phenomenon termed sex-specific cardioprotection (SSC). SSC is dependent upon the sarcolemmal K(ATP) channel (sarcK(ATP)), and protein kinase C (PKC). Here we investigate whether PKC-mediated regulation of sarcK(ATP) concentration can explain this(More)
Previous studies from our laboratory have shown positive benefits of linoleic acid (LA) feeding for attenuation of rat heart failure (HF). However, another research group concluded LA feeding was detrimental to cardiac function, using the American Institute of Nutrition 76A (AIN) diet as a background diet for the experimental animals only. To reconcile(More)
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