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BACKGROUND/AIMS Cardiac function is increasingly studied using murine models. However, current multicellular preparations to investigate contractile properties have substantial technical and biological limitations and are especially difficult to apply to the developing murine heart. METHODS Newborn murine hearts were cut with a vibratome into viable(More)
AIM To investigate the muscarinic regulation of L-type calcium current (I(Ca-L)) during development. METHODS The whole cell patch-clamp technique was used to record II(Ca-L) in mice embryonic cardiomyocytes at different stages (the early developmental stage, EDS; the intermediate developmental stage, IDS; and the late developmental stage, LDS). Carbachol(More)
We isolated mouse embryonic cardiomyocytes derived from timed-pregnant females at different periods and used patch-clamp technique to investigate the muscarinic cholinergic modulation of pacemaker current I(f) in different developmental stages. In early development stage (EDS), muscarinic agonist carbachol (CCh) significantly decreased the magnitude of the(More)
The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and its downstream target protein kinase B (Akt/PKB) can be activated by a variety of extracellular and intracellular signals. They are important signaling molecules and key survival factors involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and other cellular processes. Recently, many reports demonstrate(More)
For determination the ionic mechanisms of the hypoxic acclimatization at the level of channels, male Spradue-Dawley rats were divided into two groups: control normoxic group and chronic intermittent hypoxic group [O2 concentration: (10 +/-0.5)%, hypoxia 8 h a day]. Using whole cell patch-clamp technique, voltage-gated potassium channel currents (IK(V)) were(More)
Cardiac extracellular matrix (ECM), generated from the process of decellularization, has been widely considered as an ideal source of biological scaffolds. However, current ECM preparations are generally difficult to be applied to generate cardiac tissue. Our research was aimed to improve decellularization protocols to prepare cardiac ECM slices. Adult(More)
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