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The orphan receptor APJ and its recently identified endogenous ligand, apelin, exhibit high levels of mRNA expression in the heart. However, the functional importance of apelin in the cardiovascular system is not known. In isolated perfused rat hearts, infusion of apelin (0.01 to 10 nmol/L) induced a dose-dependent positive inotropic effect (EC50:(More)
The activation peptide of mammalian trypsinogens contains a highly conserved tetra-aspartate sequence (D19-D20-D21-D22) preceding the K23-I24 scissile peptide bond, which is hydrolyzed as the first step in the activation process. Here, we examined the evolution and function of trypsinogen activation peptides through integrating functional characterization(More)
OBJECTIVE In diabetes mellitus several cardiac electrophysiological parameters are known to be affected. In rodent experimental diabetes models changes in these parameters were reported, but no such data are available in other mammalian species including the dog. The present study was designed to analyse the effects of experimental type 1 diabetes on(More)
  • Andrea Petróczi, Eugene V. Aidman, Iltaf Hussain, Nawed Deshmukh, Tamás Nepusz, Martina Uvacsek +3 others
  • 2010
BACKGROUND Social science studies of doping practices in sport rely predominantly on self-reports. Studies of psychoactive drug use indicate that self-reporting is characterised by under-reporting. Likewise doping practice is likely to be equally under-reported, if not more so. This calls for more sophisticated methods for such reporting and for(More)
  • Csaba Lengyel, Andrea Orosz, Péter Hegyi, Zsolt Komka, Anna Udvardy, Edit Bosnyák +7 others
  • 2011
BACKGROUND Sudden cardiac death in competitive athletes is rare but it is significantly more frequent than in the normal population. The exact cause is seldom established and is mostly attributed to ventricular fibrillation. Myocardial hypertrophy and slow heart rate, both characteristic changes in top athletes in response to physical conditioning, could be(More)
UNLABELLED The High Resolution Research Tomograph (HRRT) is the PET system providing the highest resolution for imaging of the human brain. In this study, the improved quantitative performance of the HRRT was evaluated in comparison with a previously developed lower resolution PET system, the ECAT HR. The radioligand [(11)C]MADAM was chosen for the purpose(More)
  • Gábor Földes, Szilvia Vajda, Zoltán Lakó-Futó, Balázs Sármán, Réka Skoumal, Mika Ilves +5 others
  • 2006
Long-term dietary fatty acid intake alters the development of left ventricular hypertrophy, but the linking signaling pathways are unclear. We studied the role and underlying signaling mechanisms of dietary fat intake in the early phase of the hypertrophic process. Rats assigned for 4 weeks of high-oil, high-fat, or standard diet were subjected to(More)
UNLABELLED Molecular imaging of the 18 kD Translocator protein (TSPO) with positron emission tomography (PET) is of great value for studying neuroinflammation in rodents longitudinally. Quantification of the TSPO in rodents is, however, quite challenging. There is no suitable reference region and the use of plasma-derived input is not an option for(More)
PURPOSE [(11)C]T-773 is a new radioligand for positron emission tomography (PET) targeting the phosphodiesterase 10A enzyme (PDE10A). PDE10A is highly expressed in the striatum by medium spiny neurons, and it has been demonstrated to be involved in the regulation of striatal signaling through the reduction of medium spiny neuronal sensitivity towards(More)