Faris P. Albayya

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Cardiac myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms are known to play a key role in defining the dynamic contractile behavior of the heart during development. It remains unclear, however, whether cardiac MHC isoforms influence other important features of cardiac contractility, including the Ca2+ sensitivity of isometric tension development. To address this question,(More)
Sarcomere maintenance, the continual process of replacement of contractile proteins of the myofilament lattice with newly synthesized proteins, in fully differentiated contractile cells is not well understood. Adenoviral-mediated gene transfer of epitope-tagged tropomyosin (Tm) and troponin I (TnI) into adult cardiac myocytes in vitro along with confocal(More)
The heightened Ca2+ sensitivity of force found with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)-associated mutant cardiac troponin I (cTnIR145G; R146G in rodents) has been postulated to be an underlying cause of hypertrophic growth and premature sudden death in humans and in animal models of the disease. Expression of slow skeletal TnI (ssTnI), a TnI isoform(More)
A hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is the presence of senile plaques in human brain primarily containing the amyloid peptides Aβ42 and Aβ40. Many drug discovery efforts have focused on decreasing the production of Aβ42 through γ-secretase inhibition. However, identification of γ-secretase inhibitors has also uncovered mechanism-based side effects. One(More)
The purpose of this study was to implement a living myocyte in vitro model system to test whether a motor domain-deleted headless myosin construct could be incorporated into the sarcomere and affect contractility. To this end we used gene transfer to express a "headless" myosin heavy chain (headless-MHC) in complement with the native full-length myosin(More)
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