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The 4.1 proteins are a family of multifunctional adaptor proteins. They promote the mechanical stability of plasma membranes by interaction with the cytoskeletal proteins spectrin and actin and are required for the cell surface expression of a number of transmembrane proteins. Protein 4.1R is expressed in heart and upregulated in deteriorating human heart(More)
AIMS Combined left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and pharmacological therapy has been proposed to favour myocardial recovery in patients with end-stage heart failure (HF). Clenbuterol (Clen), a beta(2)-adrenoceptor (beta(2)-AR) agonist, has been used as a part of this strategy. In this study, we investigated the direct effects of clenbuterol on unloaded(More)
Cell transplantation of skeletal myoblasts (SMs) is one possible treatment for repairing cardiac tissue after myocardial injury. However, inappropriate electrical coupling between grafted SMs and host cardiomyocytes may be responsible for the arrhythmias observed in clinical trials of SM transplantation. Whether functional gap junctions occur between the(More)
Adult progenitor cell transplantation has been proposed for the treatment of heart failure, but the mechanisms effecting functional improvements remain unknown. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that, in failing hearts treated with cell transplantation, the mechanical properties and excitation-contraction coupling of recipient cardiomyocytes(More)
OBJECTIVES The soy-isoflavone, genistein, appears to be cardioprotective partly through direct actions on the heart, although the relative benefits between men and women are not fully known. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether gender influences the acute electrophysiological actions of genistein at the level of isolated cardiac(More)
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