Mieke C. Louwe

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Type 1 diabetes is a common metabolic disorder accompanied by an increased secretion of glucocorticoids and cognitive deficits. Chronic excess of glucocorticoids per se can evoke similar neuropathological signals linked to its major target in the brain, the hippocampus. This deleterious action exerted by excess adrenal stress hormone is mediated by(More)
Increased availability of fatty acids released from insulin-resistant adipose tissue may lead to excess fatty acid uptake in nonadipose organs, including the heart. Accumulation of toxic fatty acid intermediates may affect cardiac function. Our aim was to identify to which extent high-fat diet feeding leads to alterations in cardiac function and whether(More)
OBJECTIVE Niacin potently lowers triglycerides, mildly decreases LDL-cholesterol, and largely increases HDL-cholesterol. Despite evidence for an atheroprotective effect of niacin from previous small clinical studies, the large outcome trials, AIM-HIGH and HPS2-THRIVE did not reveal additional beneficial effects of niacin (alone or in combination with(More)
BACKGROUND Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4), a receptor of the innate immune system, is suggested to have detrimental effects on cardiac function after myocardial infarction (MI). RP105 (CD180) is a TLR4 homolog lacking the intracellular signaling domain that competitively inhibits TLR4-signaling. Thus, we hypothesized that RP105 deficiency, by amplifying TLR4(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS We explored the role of ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (Abca1), in post-myocardial infarction (MI) cardiac injury. METHODS In Abca1(-/-) mice, wild type (WT) mice, and WT mice transplanted with Abca1(-/-) or WT bone marrow, an MI was induced in vivo. Furthermore, an ex vivo MI was induced in isolated Abca1(-/-) and WT hearts. (More)
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