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Oxygen metabolism is a strong predictor of the general health and fitness of an organism. In this study, we hypothesized that a divergence in intrinsic aerobic fitness would co-segregate with susceptibility for cardiovascular dysfunction. To test this hypothesis, cardiac function was assessed in rats specifically selected over nineteen generations for their(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been used to treat different clinical conditions although the mechanisms by which pathogenetic processes are affected are still poorly understood. We have previously analyzed the homing of bone marrow-derived MSC to diseased tissues characterized by a high degree of mononuclear cell infiltration and postulated that MSC(More)
Adult mesenchymal stem cells own a considerable plasticity, which enables them to respond to various extra- and intracellular cues and exert, at least partially, various differentiation pathways. Recently, we have shown that multipotent adult stem cells (MASCs) derived from the mouse bone marrow (mBM-MASCs) consist of distinct cell populations that have(More)
The ability of multipotent adult stem cells (MASCs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to acquire certain biochemical and functional properties of differentiated cells in response to various inductive cues has raised hopes to utilize such cells for therapeutic purposes. It is of particular importance to define precisely the differentiation status of induced(More)
Human heart failure due to myocardial infarction is a major health concern. The paucity of organs for transplantation limits curative approaches for the diseased and failing adult heart. Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiac myocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have the potential to provide a long-term, viable, regenerative-medicine alternative. Significant(More)
Enterovirus infection can cause severe cardiomyopathy in humans. The virus-encoded 2A protease is known to cleave the cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. It is unclear, however, whether cardiomyopathy results from the loss of dystrophin or is due to the emergence of a dominant-negative dystrophin cleavage product. We show for the first time that the 2A(More)
Cardiac dysfunction is a common cause of death among pediatric patients with mutations in the lysosomal hydrolase α-l-iduronidase (IDUA) gene, which causes mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS-I). The purpose of this study was to analyze adrenergic regulation of cardiac hemodynamic function in MPS-I. An analysis of murine heart function was performed using(More)
Molecular inotropy refers to cardiac contractility that can be modified to affect overall heart pump performance. Here we show evidence of a new molecular pathway for positive inotropy by a cardiac-restricted microRNA (miR). We report enhanced cardiac myocyte performance by acute titration of cardiac myosin-embedded miR-208a. The observed positive effect(More)
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