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Systemic inflammation may contribute to heart failure. PGE2 was recently suggested to mediate inflammation-induced impairment of cardiac function by desensitizing the murine heart to isoprenaline. Given the magnitude of the reported effect and the potential relevance, we sought to reproduce it in the human heart. Human trabeculae were prepared from the(More)
Studies on the relative contribution of β 1- and β 2-adrenoceptors (AR) generally employ selective β 1- and β 2-AR antagonists such as CGP 20712A and ICI 118,551, respectively, and assume that antagonism by one of these compounds indicates mediation by the respective AR subtype. Here, we evaluated the β 2-AR-selectivity of ICI 118,551 in ventricular muscle(More)
Human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CM) may serve as a new assay for drug testing in a human context, but their validity particularly for the evaluation of inotropic drug effects remains unclear. In this blinded analysis, we compared the effects of 10 indicator compounds with known inotropic effects in electrically stimulated(More)
AIMS Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is often accompanied by increased myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity and diastolic dysfunction. Recent findings indicate increased late Na(+) current density in human HCM cardiomyocytes. Since ranolazine has the potential to decrease myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity and late Na(+) current, we investigated its effects in an(More)
Background: Intraoperative hypotension is a common problem and direct or indirect sympathomimetic drugs are frequently needed to stabilize blood pressure. AkrinorTM consists of the direct and the indirect sympathomimetic noradrenaline and norephedrine. Both substances are covalently bound to the phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor theophylline, yielding(More)
Food-derived aminoimidazoazarenes have been shown to be mutagenic and carcinogenic and to form covalent DNA adducts. 32P-Post-labelling analysis of DNA modified with these heterocyclic amines (HA), including 2-amino-3-methyl-imidazo[4,5-f]quinoline (IQ), 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP), 2-amino-3,4-dimethylimidazo [4,5-f]quinoline(More)
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