Howard Rasmussen

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The role of the Ca2+/phospholipid-dependent, diacylglycerol-activated enzyme protein kinase C (PKC) in rabbit eyelid conditioning was examined. PKC was partially purified from the CA1 region of hippocampal slices from naive, pseudoconditioned, and conditioned rabbits 24 hr after the rabbits were well conditioned. Crude membrane and cytosol fractions were(More)
The small heat shock-related protein 20 (HSP20) is present in four isoforms in bovine carotid artery smooth muscles. Three of the isoforms are phosphorylated and one is not. Increases in the phosphorylation of two isoforms of HSP20 (isoform 3, pI 5.9; and 8, pI 5.7) are associated with cyclic nucleotide-dependent relaxation of bovine carotid artery smooth(More)
The cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying smooth muscle contraction are reviewed in the light of recent studies of smooth muscle ultrastructure and of the role of polyphosphoinositide turnover and protein kinase C function in smooth muscle contraction. A new model of smooth muscle contraction is proposed that differs radically from accepted views,(More)
Activation of cyclic nucleotide-dependent signaling pathways leads to the relaxation of various smooth muscles. One of the major phosphorylation events associated with cyclic nucleotide-dependent vasorelaxation in bovine trachealis and carotid artery smooth muscle is the phosphorylation of two 20-kDa phosphoproteins with pI values of 5.7 and 5.9 (previously(More)
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) inhibits the secretion of aldosterone stimulated by any of these major physiological agonists: angiotensin II, adrenocorticotropic hormone, or K+. The stimulatory actions of each of these agonists depend on calcium influx through voltage-dependent calcium channels. Because two types of calcium channels have been previously(More)