Jacques J. M. Debets

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The matricellular protein SPARC (secreted protein, acidic and rich in cysteine, also known as osteonectin) mediates cell-matrix interactions during wound healing and regulates the production and/or assembly of the extracellular matrix (ECM). This study investigated whether SPARC functions in infarct healing and ECM maturation after myocardial infarction(More)
Cardiac hypertrophy can lead to heart failure (HF), but it is unpredictable which hypertrophied myocardium will progress to HF. We surmised that apart from hypertrophy-related genes, failure-related genes are expressed before the onset of failure, permitting molecular prediction of HF. Hearts from hypertensive homozygous renin-overexpressing (Ren-2) rats(More)
After myocardial infarction, the renin-angiotensin system is found to be activated. While this response may be beneficial in acute failure, it could be detrimental in chronic stages. Therefore effects of captopril therapy were investigated during early and later phases after myocardial infarction in conscious rats, chronically instrumented for hemodynamic(More)
OBJECTIVES We studied the effects of chronic left coronary artery ligation on cardiac structure and function in the mouse. METHODS Morphometric studies of the left ventricle were performed in coronary artery-ligated and sham-operated animals at one, two, three and five weeks after surgery. The fraction of DNA-synthesizing cells was determined as the(More)
In this study it was demonstrated that cross-linking of FcR on human monocytes induces the secretion of the cytotoxic and immunoregulatory cytokine TNF. Both soluble and insoluble immune complexes, solid-phase antibody and antibody-coated phagocytizable particles were used to cross-link FcR on monocytes. It was observed that monocytes secreted large amounts(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the systemic hemodynamic effects of four commonly used anesthetic regimens in mice that were chronically instrumented for direct and continuous measurements of cardiac output (CO). Mice (CD-1, Swiss, and C57BL6 strains) were instrumented with a transit-time flow probe placed around the ascending aorta for CO measurement.(More)
Milrinone is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor which combines vasodilating effects with inotropic effects. Hemodynamic improvement after acute administration and increased survival with chronic milrinone therapy in rats with heart failure have been reported before, and suggest long-term hemodynamic improvement. However, no detailed hemodynamic studies are(More)
Cross-linking of Fc gamma R on human monocytes with human IgG has been shown to induce secretion of the inflammatory and immunoregulatory cytokine TNF. In the present study we examined the role of both constitutively expressed monocyte Fc gamma R, the 72-kDa high affinity Fc gamma R (Fc gamma RI), and the 40-kDa low affinity receptor (Fc gamma RII), in the(More)
We describe the feasibility of chronic measurement of cardiac output (CO) in conscious mice. With the use of gas anesthesia, mice >30 g body wt were instrumented either with transit-time flow probes or electromagnetic probes placed on the ascending aorta. Ascending aortic flow values were recorded 6-16 days after surgery when probes had fully grown in. In(More)
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) cachectin has been implicated as an important host mediator responsible for shock and multiple organ failure (MOF) observed during sepsis. Using a sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, we measured plasma TNF levels in 43 septic patients suffering from a broad range of diseases. Measurements were taken on the day that(More)