Ivan Kocić

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The mechanisms involved in the effects of estrogen on arterial smooth muscle contractility are very complex and not fully clarified. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to examine the mechanisms of estrogen-induced relaxation of the rat tail artery and, specifically, how pulmonary hypertension affects this action. We used male rats and performed(More)
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPP) are a family of peptides able to penetrate the cell membrane. This group of compounds has attracted consideration as potential therapeutic tools for the delivery of various substances into cells. Here, we investigated possible interactions between several CPP synthesized in our laboratory and the vascular action of(More)
OBJECTIVE Causal relation between changes in action potentials and activation of several ionic currents during hypoosmotic challenge was investigated. METHODS We recorded changes in membrane potentials and currents during hypotonic stress in guinea-pig ventricular myocytes using whole-cell patch-clamp technique. RESULTS Exposure of ventricular myocytes(More)
This study evaluated the therapeutic potential of masitinib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor with activity against c-Kit and platelet-derived growth factor receptors (PDGFR), to reduce ischemic brain area and neurological deficit. Using a well-established filament model of ischemic stroke in rats, the responses to oral treatment with masitinib alone or in(More)
The direct chronotropic and inotropic effects of HOE 234, the new activator of ATP sensitive K+ channels (KATP) were examined in isolated preparations of right ventricle papillary muscle and right atria from the guinea pig heart. HOE 234 (0.3-3 microM) produced concentration-dependent negative inotropic (IC50 = 0.5 +/- 0.1 microM) and chronotropic (IC50 =(More)
Aspartimide (Asi) formation is one of the most serious side reactions that can occur both during solid phase synthesis and storage of peptides containing aspartic acid. Although numerous studies on the mechanism of Asi formation conducted so far, the problem still remains unresolved and relatively little is known about the impact of this side reaction on(More)
  • I Kocic
  • Current opinion in investigational drugs
  • 2000
The pyrimidine analog, clevudine (L-FMAU: 2'-fluoro-5-methyl-beta-L-arabinofuranosyluridine) is a potent antihepatitis B virus (HBV) and anti-Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) agent, discovered by researchers at the University of Georgia, in collaboration with Yale University and Bukwang. Bukwang transferred its technology to Triangle Pharmaceuticals in 1998(More)
The aim of this study was to assess how cerivastatin influences contractility and degree of myocardial damage in papillary muscle subjected to hypoxia-reoxygenation in hypercholesterolemic guinea pigs. Study group consisted of guinea pigs, fed standard, hypercholesterolemic or hypercholesterolemic diets with low dose of cerivastatin. During experimental(More)
BACKGROUND Although ischemic preconditioning (PC) is known to confer cardioprotection in healthy subjects, it is unclear whether this phenomenon exists in the presence of hyperlipidaemia. The goal of this study was to determine whether the cardioprotective effect of PC is affected by hyperlipidaemia in a guinea pig model. METHODS We investigated the(More)
This study was designed to establish a hyperlipidemic diet (significant increase in the cholesterol and triglycerides blood levels, but without atherogenic changes in heart muscle and coronary vessels) and to investigate the influence of experimental hyperlipidemia on the effects of ischemic preconditioning (PC) of rat-isolated papillary muscle on the time(More)