Mary S Rackley

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The recent characterization of the cardiac-specific homeobox gene Nkx2-5 (or CSX) and its detection in normal adult heart tissue raises the possibility of a role in adult hypertrophy. Using pressure overload as a primary stimulus, we used a feline pulmonary artery banding model to produce right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH). Total RNA was hybridized to a(More)
Nkx2.5 and serum response factor (SRF) are critically important transcription factors in cardiac morphogenesis. They are also widely expressed in adult cardiomyocytes, but there is little data to indicate their possible role in adult cardiac cells. In this paper we demonstrate that the interaction of Nkx2.5 and SRF in cardiac-specific gene regulation is(More)
Nkx2-5 gene mutations cause cardiac abnormalities, including deficits of function in the atrioventricular conduction system (AVCS). In the chick, Nkx2-5 is elevated in Purkinje fiber AVCS cells relative to working cardiomyocytes. Here, we show that Nkx2-5 expression rises to a peak as Purkinje fibers progressively differentiate. To disrupt this pattern, we(More)
The development of the complex network of specialized cells that form the atrioventricular conduction system (AVCS) during cardiac morphogenesis occurs by progressive recruitment within a multipotent cardiomyogenic lineage. Understanding the molecular control of this developmental process has been the focus of recent research. Transcription factors(More)
How chronic pressure overload affects the Purkinje fibers of the ventricular peripheral conduction system (PCS) is not known. Here, we used a connexin (Cx)40 knockout/enhanced green fluorescent protein knockin transgenic mouse model to specifically label the PCS. We hypothesized that the subendocardially located PCS would remodel after chronic pressure(More)
Cardiac hypertrophic growth secondary to hemodynamic pressure overload causes changes in energy requirements that may involve the transcriptional upregulation of oxidative phosphorylation genes. Therefore, two representative nuclear-encoded genes, the mitochondrial F1-ATP synthase beta-subunit (beta-subunit) and cytochrome c (cyt c), were examined in a(More)
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