Guan‐ming Qi

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PURPOSE Platelets are essential for primary hemostasis; however, platelet activation also plays an important proinflammatory role. Inflammation promotes the development of cardiac fibrosis and heart failure induced by hypertension. In this study, we aimed to determine whether inhibiting platelet activation using clopidogrel could inhibit(More)
BACKGROUND Cathepsin S (Cat S) is overexpressed in human atherosclerotic and aneurysmal tissues and may contributes to degradation of extracellular matrix, especially elastin, in inflammatory diseases. We aimed to define the role of Cat S in cardiac inflammation and fibrosis induced by angiotensin II (Ang II) in mice. METHODS AND RESULTS Cat S-knockout(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced cardiac remodeling with the underlying mechanisms involving inflammation and fibrosis has been well documented. Cytosolic adaptor caspase recruitment domain 9 (CARD9) has been implicated in the innate immune response. We aimed to examine the role of CARD9 in inflammation and cardiac fibrosis induced by Ang II. (More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have indicated that chronic kidney disease is independently associated with the presence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). However, little clinical data are currently available regarding the detailed correlation between LVH and renal function in elderly patients with non-end-stage renal disease. METHODS AND RESULTS A total(More)
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