Marja Luodonpää

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BACKGROUND The signaling cascades responsible for the activation of transcription factors in the hypertrophic growth of cardiac myocytes during hemodynamic overload are largely unknown. Several of the genes upregulated in the hypertrophied heart, including B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) gene, are controlled by the cardiac-restricted zinc finger(More)
OBJECTIVES Bradykinin exerts cardioprotective effects through bradykinin type-2 receptors (BK-2Rs). After acute myocardial infarction in rat, the heart adapts by increasing its number of BK-2Rs. However, in human chronic end-stage heart failure, the number of BK-2Rs is significantly decreased. Thus, the presence of a cardioprotective BK-2R signaling system(More)
We studied the role of angiotensin II in pressure overload-induced B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) gene expression by using a double transgenic rat (dTGR) model, in which transgenic rats for the human angiotensinogen and renin genes are crossed. Pressure overload produced by [Arg8]-vasopressin (AVP) infusion (i.v., 0.05 microg/kg/min for 2 h) in conscious,(More)
Individual and permanent identification of experimental animals is a common and often essential research practice. There is little information available on the short-term effects of these procedures on the animals. In this study, seven rats were implanted with telemetric devices. The effects of three different identification methods (ear tattoo, ear(More)
We examined whether adrenomedullin (AM), a vasoactive peptide with significant expression and binding sites in the heart, modulates the hypertrophic response in cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes. Myocyte hypertrophy was induced by treating the cells with angiotensin II (Ang II), endothelin-1 (ET-1) or alpha-adrenergic agonist, L-phenylephrine(More)
Adrenomedullin (AM) may function as an autocrine and/or paracrine factor in the heart, but the exact mechanisms regulating cardiac AM gene expression are unknown. The aim of the present study was to characterize the role of mechanical load in regulating gene expression of AM by using two hypertensive rat strains as experimental models. Acute pressure(More)
Thrombospondins are matrix proteins linked to extracellular matrix remodelling but their precise role in the heart is not known. In this study, we characterised left ventricular thrombospondin-1 and -4 expression in rats treated with a beta-blocker metoprolol during the remodelling process in response to pressure overload and acute myocardial infarction.(More)
We examined whether adrenomedullin, a vasoactive peptide expressed in the heart, modulates the increase in blood pressure, changes in systolic and diastolic function, and left ventricular hypertrophy produced by long-term administration of ANG II or norepinephrine in rats. Subcutaneous administration of adrenomedullin (1.5 for 1 wk(More)
The up-date of the Finnish Current Care Guideline for glaucoma is based primarily on systematic reviews searched up by March 2014. The recommendations are presented in nine tables, which are based on 95 graded statements with evidence summaries. The online availability ( of the English translation of guideline and evidence summaries(More)
We examined the effects of intravenously administered cocaine (1 and 3 mg/kg) on haemodynamics (mean arterial pressure, heart rate and right atrial pressure), plasma immunoreactive atrial natriuretic peptide (immunoreactive ANP) and immunoreactive N-terminal peptide of proANP (immunoreactive N-terminal ANP) in conscious, chronically cannulated(More)