Michelle Ladouceur-Wodzak

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OBJECTIVE The recent identification of functional depots of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in adult humans has potential implications for the treatment of obesity. In order to evaluate new therapies aimed at inducing the production of more BAT or activating BAT in humans, it will be important to develop noninvasive methods to assess the functional state of the(More)
AIMS To create a large animal coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) model. Presence of microvessels within the CTO lumen facilitates guidewire crossing. The patterns and time profiles of matrix changes and microvessel formation during coronary CTO maturation are unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS CTO were created in 15 swine by percutaneous deployment of a(More)
We evaluated the role of p15(Ink4), a member of the INK4 family of CDK inhibitors on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation, cell cycle progression and intimal hyperplasia after stenting. Aortic VSMCs transduced with either adenovirus encoding for p15(Ink4) or β-galactosidase were assessed for DNA synthesis, cell cycle progression, and pRb(More)
BACKGROUND Distal coronary embolization (DCE) of thrombotic material occurs frequently during percutaneous interventions for acute myocardial infarction and can alter coronary flow grades. The significance of DCE on infarct size and myocardial function remains unsettled. The aims of this study were to evaluate the effects of DCE sufficient to cause(More)
AIMS Patients with symptomatic chronic total occlusions (CTO) remain a therapeutic challenge. Enhancement of intraluminal neovascularisation by pro-angiogenic therapies has been proposed as a new strategy to improve percutaneous revascularisation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of intraluminal injection of bone marrow-derived cells(More)
AIMS Percutaneous revascularisation of chronic total occlusions (CTO) is limited by failure of guidewire crossing. Neovascularisation within the proximal CTO segment may be important for guidewire crossing and dramatically declines in CTO beyond six weeks of age. The aims of the current study were to determine whether local delivery of a pro-angiogenic(More)
Background Reperfusion no-reflow (R-NR), characterized by TIMI 0/1 flow grade, is a phenomenon that occurs in up to 20% of percutaneous coronary intervention cases for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). R-NR involves reduced myocardial tissue perfusion in the presence of a reperfused and patent epicardial coronary artery. This phenomenon is associated with(More)
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