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Monocytes/macrophages are present in all stages of atherosclerosis. Although many of their activities depend to various extents on changes in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)), mechanisms regulating [Ca(2+)](i) in these cells remain unclear. We aimed to explore the role of myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) in Ca(2+) signaling in freshly(More)
Dengue virus transmission occurs in both epidemic and endemic cycles across tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Incidence is particularly high in much of Southeast Asia, where hyperendemic transmission plagues both urban and rural populations. However, endemicity has not been established in some areas with climates that may not support(More)
Effects of the heparin-binding growth factor midkine (MK) were investigated on endothelial Ca(2+) signaling and nitric oxide (NO) production. Bradykinin (10 nM) and thapsigargin (1 microM) provoked large Ca(2+) influxes under fura-2/AM fluoroscopy. Pretreatment with human MK dose-dependently (1-500 ng/ml) inhibited the Ca(2+) response to bradykinin but not(More)
We provide an explicit description of the convex hull of the set of matrices of bounded rank, restricted to balls for the spectral norm. As applications, we deduce two relaxed forms of the rank function restricted to balls for the spectral norm: one is the quasiconvex hull of this rank function, another one is the convex hull of the rank function, thus(More)
Hyperinsulinemia is closely related to coronary artery disease. Endothelial cells are important for the control of vascular tone, and dysfunction of endothelial cells has been implicated in coronary artery disease. The direct effects of insulin on coronary endothelial cells are nonetheless unknown. In this study, the acute effects of high-dose insulin were(More)
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