James Anthony Likungu

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1 In segments of human right atrial appendages and pulmonary arteries preincubated with [3H]-noradrenaline and superfused with physiological salt solution containing desipramine and corticosterone, the involvement of imidazoline receptors in the modulation of [3H]-noradrenaline release was investigated. 2 In human atrial appendages, the guanidines aganodine(More)
In view of the potential pathophysiological and therapeutic implications, presynaptic 5-HT auto- and heteroreceptors have been identified and characterized in isolated human tissues and their functional role has been determined. Such investigations have been carried out in different laboratories including that of the authors. Basic evidence for the(More)
Segments of human right atrial appendages preincubated with [3H]noradrenaline and superfused with physiological salt solution containing desipramine and corticosterone were used to examine whether the cardiac sympathetic nerves are endowed with cannabinoid receptors and to further study pharmacological properties of presynaptic imidazoline receptors. The(More)
1. Spirally cut strips of the human saphenous vein and pulmonary artery were used to determine the pharmacological properties of the presynaptic prostanoid receptors involved in the modulation of sympathetic [3H]-noradrenaline release. Strips preincubated with [3H]-noradenaline were superfused with physiological salt solution containing inhibitors of(More)
BACKGROUND Because knowledge about the type of calcium channels involved in action potential-induced norepinephrine release from the human peripheral sympathetic nervous system is sparse, we investigated which types of calcium channels are functionally important in the sympathetic nerves of human cardiac tissue. METHODS AND RESULTS In superfused segments(More)
In segments of human right atrial appendages preincubated with [3H]noradrenaline and superfused with physiological salt solution containing desipramine and corticosterone, we determined the effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) receptor agonists and antagonists on tritium overflow evoked by transmural electrical stimulation (2 Hz). Tritium overflow was(More)
The human saphenous vein preincubated with [3H]noradrenaline was used to determine the pharmacological properties of the release-inhibiting presynaptic serotonin (5-HT) receptor on the sympathetic nerves. The overflow of tritium evoked by transmural electrical stimulation (2 Hz) was concentration-dependently inhibited by drugs known to stimulate 5-HT(More)
On the basis of data obtained in rabbits, the imidazoline receptor ligand rilmenidine has been suggested to decrease blood pressure in humans by activating central a2A-adrenoceptors. A prerequisite for this hypothesis was the unproved assumption that rabbit and human a2A-adrenoceptors are equally activated by rilmenidine. Because a2A-adrenoceptors in the(More)
AIMS We assessed aortic valves from patients with non-rheumatic aortic valve stenosis (AS) and with degenerative aortic valve bioprostheses (BP) for the presence of progenitor cell and leukocyte subtype-specific markers. METHODS AND RESULTS Diseased valve probes from a total of 87 patients (60 AS and 27 BP) were studied. We assessed presence and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS OF THE STUDY Based on the concept of chronic persistent infections with Chlamydia pneumoniae among variable stressors for aortic valve degeneration, the study aim was to assess the presence of chlamydial heat shock protein (cHSP) 60 and its human homologue (hHSP60) in diseased valvular tissue. METHODS Surgical specimens of high-grade(More)