Eline van der Valk

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Elevated cardiac troponin-I (cTnI) levels have been demonstrated in serum of patients without acute coronary syndromes, potentially via a stretch-related process. We hypothesize that this cTnI release from viable cardiomyocytes is mediated by stimulation of stretch-responsive integrins. Cultured cardiomyocytes were treated with (1) Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser(More)
PURPOSE We characterized the release kinetics of cardiac troponin I and T in relation to lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) from cardiomyocytes before and after the transition from reversible to irreversible cell damage. METHODS Cardiomyocytes were exposed to mild metabolic inhibition (1 mmol/L sodium azide) to induce a necrotic cell death process that is(More)
Mammalian heart myocytes have a limited capacity to withstand the deleterious effects of free radical generating compounds. To assess the role of the glutathione redox cycle relative to this capacity, rat heart cell cultures were subjected for 90 min to 80 mumol/l cumene hydroperoxide (CHPO) without and with prior glutathione depletion by buthionine(More)
The myocardial stretch-induced increase in intracellular [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)](i)) is considered to be caused by integrin stimulation. Myocardial stretch is also associated with increased nitric oxide (NO) formation. We hypothesised that NO is implicated in calcium signalling following integrin stimulation. Integrins of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were(More)
Prolonged myocardial stretch typically leads to hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes. As integrins are cellular receptors of stretch, we hypothesize that integrin stimulation induces cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. Integrins of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCMs) were stimulated with a peptide containing the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) sequence for 24 h. For comparison,(More)
The primary defence mechanism of myocytes against peroxides and peroxide-derived peroxyl and alkoxyl radicals is the glutathione redox cycle. The purpose of the present study was to increase the turnover rate of this cycle by stimulating the glutathione peroxidase catalysed reaction (2GSH-->GSSG), the glutathione reductase catalysed reaction (GSSG-->2GSH),(More)
Serial plasma enzyme determinations were carried out in 32 patients who underwent cardiac surgery with the aid of extracorporeal circulation. Plasma creatine kinase (CK), the cardiospecific isoenzyme of CK (CKMB), and alpha-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase (HBDH) were determined from the onset of surgery up to 100 to 120 hours after operation. From the plasma(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim was to find effective protection of myocytes against peroxide induced damage in terms of preservation of contractile activity, protection against lipid peroxidation, and protection against cell death. METHODS The components of the glutathione redox cycle, the production of malondialdehyde, cell contractions, and enzyme release from(More)
UNLABELLED A 53-year-old male presented with recurrent calcium oxalate kidney stones as a first sign of underlying acromegaly, which vanished when his acromegaly was controlled. The exact mechanism behind hypercalciuria and urolithiasis in acromegaly is not yet clear. By discussing this case, a short overview of the pathophysiology of hypercalciuria in(More)