Linda Ebermann

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BACKGROUND Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) 2 is a novel homologue of ACE. It metabolizes angiotensin (Ang)II to Ang-(1-7). This study aims to investigate the diagnostic and prognostic potency of circulating ACE2 activity in patients with heart failure (HF) from Chagas' disease (CD). METHODS AND RESULTS Blood samples were obtained from 111 CD patients(More)
The inhibition of death-receptor apoptosis is a conserved viral function. The murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) gene M36 is a sequence and functional homologue of the human cytomegalovirus gene UL36, and it encodes an inhibitor of apoptosis that binds to caspase-8, blocks downstream signaling and thus contributes to viral fitness in macrophages and in vivo.(More)
Well-established differences in Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) elimination in resistant C57BL/6 and permissive A.SW/SnJ mice provide suitable models for studying the significance of the link between mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC), antioxidative stress components and mitochondrion-related apoptosis in the context of myocardial virus elimination. Distinct(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The adenine nucleotide translocase (ANT) exchanges ATP and ADP over the inner mitochondrial membrane, supplying the cells with energy. Interestingly, myocardial ANT1 overexpression preserves cardiac structure and function under pathophysiological conditions. To ascertain whether the contractile system is directly affected by increased ANT1(More)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a ubiquitous virus, causing the most common congenital infection in humans, yet a vaccine against this virus is not available. Experimental studies of immunity against CMV in animal models of infection, such as the infection of mice with mouse CMV (MCMV), have relied mainly on parenteral infection protocols, although the virus(More)
The disturbance of myocardial energy metabolism has been discussed as contributing to the progression of heart failure. Little however is known about the cardiac mitochondrial/cytosolic energy transfer in murine and human inflammatory heart disease. We examined the myocardial creatine kinase (CK) system, which connects mitochondrial ATP-producing and(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy, a common complication of diabetes. Adenosine nucleotide translocase (ANT) translocates ADP/ATP across the inner mitochondrial membrane. Our study aimed to test the hypothesis that overexpression of ANT1 in cardiomyocytes has cardioprotective effects in diabetic(More)
Angiotensin-(1-7) is associated with beneficial effects in cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we determined the effect of AVE0991, a nonpeptide angiotensin-(1-7) receptor agonist, on cardiac function in an animal model of diabetes mellitus type I. Diabetes was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by a single injection of streptozotocin (70 mg/kg). Diabetic(More)
BACKGROUND Strong evidence suggests that mitochondrial malfunction, which leads to disturbed energy metabolism and stimulated apoptosis, is a linchpin in the induction and manifestation of cardiac failure. An adequate exchange of ATP and ADP over the inner mitochondrial membrane by the adenine nucleotide translocase (ANT) is thereby essential to guarantee(More)