Leigh J Ellmers

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BACKGROUND Reliability of real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) data is dependent on the use of appropriate reference gene(s) for normalization. To date, no validated reference genes have been reported for normalizing gene expression in human myocardium. This study aimed to identify validated reference genes for use in gene expression studies of failed and non-failed(More)
The natriuretic peptides, atrial (ANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) are known to suppress cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Both ANP and BNP exert their bioactivities through the Npr1 receptor, and Npr1 knockout mice (Npr1-/-) exhibit marked cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. In this study, we investigated which genes within the hypertrophic and(More)
Cardiac gene expression of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and that of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) are markedly elevated after myocardial infarction. The cellular distribution and temporal responses of ANP and BNP messenger RNA (mRNA) expression were compared by in situ hybridization for 5 weeks after left coronary artery ligation in sheep. Ligation(More)
This study investigated whether gene expression profiles of myofibroblasts derived from infarcted myocardium differ from normal cardiac fibroblasts. We compared the expression of cytoskeletal proteins in cultured ovine cardiac fibroblasts derived from infarcted (ID) and noninfarcted ovine myocardium (NID) and the levels of expression of the natriuretic(More)
The aim of this study was to create a comprehensive mouse model of the metabolic syndrome by crossing aromatase-deficient (ArKO) mice with apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice. Successive crossbreeding of ArKO with ApoE(-/-)-deficient mice generated double knockout, MetS-Tg mice. The phenotypic characteristics of the MetS-Tg mice were assessed at 3,(More)
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