Jennifer S Leiser

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Discrete myocardial lesions created through the delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy can expand; however, the mechanisms have not been established. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in myocardial remodeling, and MMP activity can be regulated by the tissue inhibitors of the metalloproteinases (TIMPs). This study examined the role of(More)
Hyperkalemic cardioplegic arrest (HCA) and rewarming evokes postoperative myocyte contractile dysfunction, a phenomenon of particular importance in settings of preexisting left ventricular (LV) failure. Caspases are intracellular proteolytic enzymes recently demonstrated to degrade myocardial contractile proteins. This study tested the hypothesis that(More)
BACKGROUND Exposure of left ventricular (LV) myocytes to simulated hyperkalemic cardioplegic arrest (HCA) has been demonstrated to perturb ionic homeostasis and adversely affect myocyte contractility on rewarming. Altered ionic homeostasis can cause cytosolic activation of the caspases. While caspases participate in apoptosis, these proteases can degrade(More)
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