Henry J Walker

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Mesangial cell (MC) mitogenesis is regulated through "negative cross talk" between cAMP-PKA and ERK signaling. Although it is widely accepted that cAMP inhibits mitogenesis through PKA-mediated phosphorylation of Raf-1, recent studies have indicated that cAMP-mediated inhibition of mitogenesis may occur independently of Raf-1 phosphorylation or without(More)
Measles viruses have shown potent oncolytic activity as a therapeutic against a variety of human cancers in animal models and are currently being tested in clinical trials in patients. In contrast to using measles virus as a vaccine, oncolytic activity depends on high concentrations of infectious virus. For use in humans, the high-titer measles virus(More)
Twenty patients with serum levels of T4 and T3 within the normal range but with elevated serum concentrations of TSH were evaluated before and after treatment with L-T4. This therapy increased serum T4 (5.5 +/- 1.1 to 8.8 +/- 1.8 microgram/dl) and T3 (116 +/- 20 to 137 +/- 28 ng/dl) levels. Cardiac systolic time intervals (STI) were significantly (P less(More)
BACKGROUND Mesangial cell proliferation is a characteristic feature of IgA nephropathy and many other forms of glomerulonephritis. Recent clinical studies have shown that dietary fish oil supplementation retards renal disease progression in patients with IgA nephropathy. The mechanism by which this effect occurs is unknown. METHODS The anti-Thy 1.1 (ATS)(More)
Excessive mesangial cell (MC) proliferation is a hallmark of many glomerulopathies. In our recent study on cultured rat MC (Matousovic, K., J.P. Grande, C.C.S. Chini, E.N. Chini, and T.P. Dousa. 1995. J. Clin. Invest. 96:401-410) we found that inhibition of isozyme cyclic-3',5'-nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDE) type III (PDE-III) suppressed MC mitogenesis(More)
Systolic time intervals (ST) were used to evaluate myocardial function prospectively in 29 hypothyroid patients. The patients were divided into three categories of disease severity: (1) severe hypothyroidism, (2) mild hypothyroidism, and (3) decreased thyroid reserve or "prehypothyroidism." Groups 1 and 2 showed decreased myocardial contractility with a(More)
Although dietary fish oil supplementation has been used to prevent the progression of kidney disease in patients with IgA nephropathy, relatively few studies provide a mechanistic rationale for its use. Using an antithymocyte (ATS) model of mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis, we recently demonstrated that fish oil inhibits mesangial cell (MC)(More)
In previous studies we observed that inhibition of cyclic 3',5'-nucleotide phosphodiesterase (PDE) isozymes, namely isozyme PDE3, suppresses proliferation of rat renal glomerular mesangial cells in vitro and in vivo. To determine whether activation of the cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway coupled to specific PDE(More)
Signaling via release of Ca2+ from intracellular stores is mediated by several systems, including the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) and cADP-ribose (cADPR) pathway. We recently discovered a high capacity for cADPR synthesis in rat glomeruli and cultured mesangial cells (MC). We sought to determine whether 1) cADPR synthesis in MC is regulated by(More)