Huei-Ping Tzeng

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Recent studies have implicated Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) and TLR4 signaling in delimiting liver and brain injury following ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). To determine whether TLR2 and TLR4 conferred cytoprotection in the heart, we subjected hearts of wild-type (WT) mice and mice deficient in TLR2 (TLR2D), TLR4 (TLR4D), and TIR domain-containing adapter(More)
BACKGROUND Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a primary disease of the heart muscle associated with sudden cardiac death secondary to ventricular tachyarrhythmias and asystole. However, the molecular pathways linking DCM to arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death are unknown. We previously identified a S196L mutation in exon 4 of LBD3-encoded ZASP in a family(More)
High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) released from necrotic cells or macrophages functions as a late inflammatory mediator and has been shown to induce cardiovascular collapse during sepsis. Thus far, however, the effect(s) of HMGB1 in the heart are not known. We determined the effects of HMGB1 on isolated feline cardiac myocytes by measuring sarcomere(More)
BACKGROUND Transgenic mice with cardiac-restricted overexpression of tumor necrosis factor (MHCsTNF mice) develop progressive myocardial fibrosis, diastolic dysfunction, and adverse cardiac remodeling. Insofar as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) does not directly stimulate fibroblast collagen synthesis, we asked whether TNF-induced fibrosis was mediated(More)
BACKGROUND Activation of both type 1 and type 2 tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptors (TNFR1 and TNFR2) confers cytoprotection in cardiac myocytes. Noting that the scaffolding protein TNF receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2) is common to both TNF receptors, we hypothesized that the cytoprotective responses of TNF were mediated through TRAF2. METHODS AND(More)
To elucidate the mechanisms for reverse LV remodeling, we generated a conditional (doxycycline [dox] off) transgenic mouse tetracycline transactivating factor-TRAF2 (tTA-TRAF2) that develops a dilated heart failure (HF) phenotype upon expression of a proinflammatory transgene, TNF receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2), and complete normalization of LV(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor necrosis factor superfamily ligands provoke a dilated cardiac phenotype signal through a common scaffolding protein termed tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2); however, virtually nothing is known about TRAF2 signaling in the adult mammalian heart. METHODS AND RESULTS We generated multiple founder lines of mice with(More)
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