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Although epicardial blood flow can be restored by an early intervention in most cases, a lack of adequate reperfusion at the microvascular level is often a limiting prognostic factor of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Our group has recently found that paracrine factors secreted from apoptotic peripheral blood mononuclear cells (APOSEC) attenuate the(More)
We present a method for measuring ascorbic acid in methanol/trichloroacetic acid extracts prepared from human plasma after enzymatic oxidation of ascorbic acid to dehydroascorbic acid by ascorbate oxidase. Samples were assayed by spectrophotometrically monitoring the kinetics of the concentration-dependent absorbance changes of dehydroascorbic acid with(More)
Conflicting reports exist about the effects of mildly or extensively oxidized low density lipoproteins (LDLs) on the reactivity of human platelets. This platelet response is mainly caused by modification of the protein and lipid moiety, giving rise to very differently modified species with hardly predictable properties. The aim of this study was to prepare(More)
Platelets and lipoproteins play a crucial role in atherogenesis, in part by their ability to modulate inflammation and oxidative stress. While oxidized low density lipoproteins (OxLDL) play a central role in the development of this disease, high density lipoproteins (HDL) represent an atheroprotective factor of utmost importance. As platelet function is(More)
Cytosolic free calcium ions represent important second-messengers in platelets. Therefore, quantitative measurement of intraplatelet calcium provides a popular and very sensitive tool to evaluate platelet activation and reactivity. Current protocols for determination of intracellular calcium concentrations in platelets have a number of limitations.(More)
As platelet activation is closely related to the liberation of growth factors and inflammatory mediators, platelets play a central role in the development of CVD. Virtually all cardiovascular risk factors favor platelet hyperreactivity and, accordingly, also physical (in)activity affects platelet function. Within this paper, we will summarize and discuss(More)
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