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Integrins and other adhesion receptors are essential components for outside-in and inside-out signaling through the cell membrane. The platelet glycoprotein IIb-IIIa (also known as fibrinogen receptor or integrin alpha IIb beta 3) is activated by platelet agonists, inhibited by cyclic-nucleotide-elevating agents, and is involved in the activation of protein(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy, cardiac energy metabolism is impaired, as indicated by a reduction of the myocardial phosphocreatine-to-ATP ratio, measured noninvasively by 31P-MR spectroscopy. The purpose of this study was to test whether the phosphocreatine-to-ATP ratio also offers prognostic information in terms(More)
Circulating muscle-specific antimyolemmal antibodies (AMLAs) were found in 18 of 61 patients with secondary dilated cardiomyopathy (DC). All 18 patients had clinical or histologic evidence of previous perimyocarditis. AMLAs were found both in patients' serum samples and bound to the sarcolemmal sheath of the autologous myocardial biopsy specimen. Only AMLAs(More)
We examined the effects of the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 in the isolated heart and defined interactions of endothelin-1 with other hormone systems. Isolated isovolumic rat hearts were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer at constant pressure. First, the effect of a single bolus of endothelin-1 (4-400 pmol) was followed for 90 min. The effect of(More)
Using submitochondrial particles (SMP) from beef heart, pig kidney and rat liver in the ELISA, we detected partial organ specific anti-mitochondrial antibodies (AMA) against heart and kidney SMP in sera from patients with different forms of cardiomyopathies. Serum samples from 50 of 159 patients with congestive or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (31%) and from(More)
The organism responsible for endocarditis of a prosthetic aortic valve was identified as Nocardia asteroides. The patient was treated with intravenous amikacin (250 mg four times a day) and intravenous imipenem (1.5 g four times a day). The valve was replaced under this new antibiotic regimen. This is the first report of survival after prosthetic valve(More)
UNLABELLED Only few data are available about the course of symptoms, cardiac diseases, and spontaneous rhythm in pacemaker patients. Therefore, we followed the course of 308 paced patients (age 72 +/- 11 years) with a mean implantation time of 63 +/- 45 months. RESULTS The symptom triad of syncope, dizziness, and dyspnea improved remarkably in 93% of(More)
Sera of 177 patients with acute myocarditis (10 coxsackie B 3/4, four influenza, four mumps, 15 cytomegalovirus, 144 undefined) were tested by indirect immunofluorescence for autoantibodies against heart and skeletal muscle and vital or air-dried adult cardiocytes. Antibody-dependent cytolysis, lymphocytotoxicity and antibody-dependent cellular(More)
Principal objections to conventional cytotoxicity assays in cardiac disease with myocytes as target cells are the use of fetal or neonatal myocardium, the cell-membrane of which does not express all antigenic determinants, and the use of trypsin as enzyme for isolation of the cells, since this alters the myolemmal membrane considerably. An improved and(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this work was to determine the clinical and hemodynamic correlates of alterations in cardiac high-energy phosphate metabolism in patients with aortic stenosis and with aortic incompetence. METHODS Fourteen volunteers, 13 patients with aortic stenosis, and 9 patients with aortic incompetence were included. Patients underwent(More)