Isaac R. Matus

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We reported previously an approach for identifying microRNA (miRNA)-target pairs by combining miRNA and proteomic analyses. The approach was applied in the present study to examine human renal epithelial cells treated with transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1), a model of epithelial-mesenchymal transition important for the development of renal interstitial(More)
Mammalian genomes contain several hundred highly conserved genes encoding microRNAs. In silico analysis has predicted that a typical microRNA may regulate the expression of hundreds of target genes, suggesting miRNAs might have broad biological significance. A major challenge is to obtain experimental evidence for predicted microRNA-target pairs. We(More)
We performed an extensive proteomic analysis of the Dahl model of salt-sensitive hypertension. The consomic SS-13(BN) rat, genetically similar to the Dahl salt-sensitive rat, while exhibiting a significant amelioration of salt-induced hypertension, was used as a control. Proteomic analysis, using differential in-gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry(More)
Endothelial microparticles (EMPs) are small vesicles released from the plasma membrane of endothelial cells in response to cell injury, apoptosis, or activation. Low levels of MPs are shed into the blood from the endothelium, but in some pathologic states, the number of EMPs is elevated. The mechanism of MP formation and the wide-ranging effects of elevated(More)
Mitochondria were isolated from whole hearts of Dahl salt sensitive (SS) and chromosome 13 consomic control (SS.13BN/Mcwi) rats using a mechanical homogenization process followed by density centrifugation. The proteins present in the two mitochondria preparations were quantified; equal amounts of protein from each sample were taken and trypsinized in the(More)
Proteins present in two mitochondria preparations were separated by 2-D chromatography using the ProteomeLab PF-2D Protein Fractional System, protein fractionation in two dimensions (PF-2D). The proteins in each first-dimension fraction were determined by trypsinization and LC-MS/MS. Chromatography peaks were quantified by UV detection using the "Mapping(More)
The initiation or progression of periodontitis might involve a local renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in periodontal tissue. The aim of this study was to further characterize the local RAS in human and rat periodontal tissues between healthy and periodontally-affected tissue. Components of the RAS were investigated using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo(More)
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