Ines Eichler

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1. Activation of Ca(2+)-activated K(+)-channels (K(Ca)) has been suggested to play a key role in endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-mediated vasodilation. However, due to the low selectivity of commonly used K(Ca)-channel blockers it is still elusive which endothelial K(Ca)-subtypes mediate hyperpolarization and thus initiate EDHF-mediated(More)
BACKGROUND Angioplasty stimulates proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), leading to neointimal thickening and vascular restenosis. In a rat model of balloon catheter injury (BCI), we investigated whether alterations in expression of Ca2+-activated K+ channels (KCa) contribute to intimal hyperplasia and vascular restenosis. (More)
Currently, there is an unmet clinical need for novel immunosuppressive agents for long-term prevention of kidney transplant rejection as alternatives to the nephrotoxic calcineurin inhibitor cyclosporine (CsA). Recent studies have shown that K(+) channels have a crucial role in T-lymphocyte activity. We investigated whether combined blockade of the T-cell(More)
OBJECTIVE Ca2+-activated K+ (K(Ca)) channels have been proposed to promote mitogenesis in several cell types. Here, we tested whether the intermediate-conductance K(Ca) channel (IKCa1) and the large-conductance K(Ca) channel (BK(Ca)) contribute to endothelial cell (EC) proliferation and angiogenesis. MATERIAL AND RESULTS Function and expression of IKCa1(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelium-derived nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been proposed to regulate vascular tone by complex mechanisms, including the modulation of ion channel function. In endothelial function itself, activation of Ca2+-activated K+ channels (KCa) plays a crucial role by inducing hyperpolarization, which promotes membrane(More)
OBJECTIVE Wall shear stress associated with blood flow is a major stimuli for generation of endothelial vasodilating and antithrombotic factors and it also regulates endothelial gene expression. Activation of endothelial intermediate-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (IK(Ca)) is important for the control of endothelial function by inducing cell(More)
Dent's disease is an inherited tubulopathy caused by a mutation in the CLCN5 chloride channel gene. It is characterized by low-molecular weight proteinuria, hypercalciuria, nephrolithiasis or nephrocalcinosis, rickets and eventual-progressive renal failure. Onset of clinical symptoms show a great variability, making a diagnosis at an early stage of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Stretch-activated cation channels (SAC) have been suggested to act as endothelial mechanosensors for hemodynamic forces. Ca(2+) influx through SAC could induce an intracellular Ca(2+) signal stimulating Ca(2+)-dependent synthesis of vasodilators like NO, prostacyclin, or EDHF. In the present study we tested whether laminar shear stress (LSS)(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic renal failure (CRF) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity, abnormal arterial tone, and endothelial dysfunction. Ca(2+)-activated K(+)-channels (K(Ca)) are important regulators of endothelial function by controlling endothelial hyperpolarization and thus endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-mediated(More)
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