Ibrahim F. Benter

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This study characterized the effects of diabetes and/or ischemia on epidermal growth factor receptor, EGFR, and/or erbB2 signaling pathways on cardiac function. Isolated heart perfusion model of global ischemia was used to study the effect of chronic inhibition or acute activation of EGFR/erbB2 signaling on cardiac function in a rat model of type-1(More)
We have previously shown that chronic treatment with angiotensin-(1–7) [Ang-(1–7)] can prevent diabetes-induced cardiovascular dysfunction. However, effect of Ang-(1–7) treatment on diabetes-induced alterations in the CNS is unknown. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that treatment with Ang-(1–7) can produce protection against(More)
Cardiovascular diseases are one of the principal causes of death and disability in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The present study was designed to investigate if acute treatment with FPTIII (an inhibitor of Ras-GTPase farnesylation) or MG132 (an inhibitor of ubiquitin-proteasome pathway [UPS]) or administration of angiotensin-(1-7), also known as(More)
Diabetes mellitus leads to vascular complications but the underlying signalling mechanisms are not fully understood. Here, we examined the role of ErbB2 (HER2/Neu), a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase of the ErbB/EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) family, in mediating diabetes-induced vascular dysfunction in an experimental model of type 1(More)
We have reported that norepinephrine (NE) and angiotensin II (Ang II) increase CaM kinase II activity, which, in turn, activates cytosolic phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) and releases arachidonic acid. The products of arachidonic acid generated via cytochrome P-450 and lipoxygenase contribute to the development of hypertension and vascular smooth muscle cell(More)
In addition to plasma metabolism of substance P (SP) by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE; EC (less than 1.0 nmol/min/ml), the majority of SP hydrolysis by rat and human plasma was due to dipeptidyl(amino)peptidase IV (DAP IV; EC (3.15-5.91 nmol/min/ml), which sequentially converted SP to SP(3-11) and SP(5-11). In turn, the SP(5-11)(More)
Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] may have beneficial effects in diabetes mellitus-induced erectile dysfunction (DMIED) but its molecular actions in the diabetic corpus cavernosum (CC) are not known. We characterized the effects of diabetes and/or chronic in vivo administration of Ang-(1-7) on vascular reactivity in the rat corpus cavernosum (CC) and on protein(More)
Transactivation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR or ErbB) family members, namely EGFR and ErbB2, appears important in the development of diabetes-induced vascular dysfunction. Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] can prevent the development of hyperglycemia-induced vascular complications partly through inhibiting EGFR transactivation. Here, we(More)
Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] exhibits blood pressure lowering actions, inhibits cell growth, and reduces tissue inflammation and fibrosis which may functionally antagonize an activated Ang II-AT1 receptor axis. Since the vascular actions of Ang-(1-7) and the associated receptor/signaling pathways vary in different vascular beds, the current study(More)