Geping Zhang

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The impact of hypertension on left ventricular (LV) structure, pump function, and heart failure in Dahl salt-sensitive rats is poorly characterized but hypothesized to yield insights into the pathophysiology of heart failure with normal or preserved ejection fraction. Eighty Dahl salt-sensitive rats were fed either a high-salt (HS) or low-salt (LS,(More)
In extensive bone defects, tissue damage and hypoxia lead to cell death, resulting in slow and incomplete healing. Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can give rise to all specialized lineages found in healthy bone and are therefore uniquely suited to aid regeneration of damaged bone. We show that the cultivation of hESC-derived mesenchymal progenitors on 3D(More)
Control over cell engraftment, survival, and function remains critical for heart repair. We have established a tissue engineering platform for the delivery of human mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPCs) by a fully biological composite scaffold. Specifically, we developed a method for complete decellularization of human myocardium that leaves intact most(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to create a calcified total occlusion model in porcine coronary arteries using a catheter-based technique. BACKGROUND Chronic total occlusion (CTO) represents 10-20% of all angioplasty cases and remains a challenge for interventional cardiologists. One of the limitations to successful recanalization is the failure(More)
The purpose of this study was to test if HBOC-201, a hemoglobin-based oxygen-carrying solution, can decrease infarct size (or Inf) during acute, severe myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. To test the impact of HBOC-201 on infarct size, ischemia was produced in 18 dogs by coronary stenosis to achieve 80-95% flow reduction for 195 min along with pacing 10%(More)
BACKGROUND It has been reported that erythropoietin (EPO) attenuates ischemia-induced damage in a variety of tissues. It is unknown whether EPO alters the left ventricular (LV) remodeling process after ischemic insult. Accordingly, we tested the potential benefits of carbamylated EPO (CEPO) on LV remodeling in rats with myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS(More)
Pharmaceutical agents aimed at reducing tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) levels appeared to be attractive possibilities in the medical management of heart failure, as heart failure was shown to be associated with high TNF-alpha levels. However, therapies specifically targeting TNF-alpha failed to show any survival benefit. We examined whether a broad(More)
We investigated treatment with a receptor for advanced glycation endproduct (RAGE) blocking antibody on angiogenic response to hind limb ischemia in diabetic mice. Streptozotocin treated C57BL/6 mice received either murine monoclonal anti-RAGE F(ab')2 intraperitoneally (n=10) or saline (n=9) for 9 weeks. Diabetic plus 10 non-diabetic C57BL/6 mice underwent(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study is to image the effect of diabetes on expression of receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) in limb ischemia in live animals. METHODS Male wild-type C57BL/6 mice were either made diabetic or left as control. Two months later, diabetic and non-diabetic mice underwent left femoral artery ligation. The right(More)
BACKGROUND The biology of the vulnerable plaque includes increased inflammation and rapid growth of vasa vasorum, processes that are associated with enhanced vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)/ imaging receptors for VEGF (VEGFR) signaling and are accelerated in diabetes. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that VEGFRs in atherosclerotic(More)