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Acute myocardial infarction (MI) is a severe ischemic disease responsible for heart failure and sudden death. Inflammatory cells orchestrate postischemic cardiac remodeling after MI. Studies using mice with defective mast/stem cell growth factor receptor c-Kit have suggested key roles for mast cells (MCs) in postischemic cardiac remodeling. Because c-Kit(More)
Calcium signalling plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of heart failure. Here we describe a cardiac protein named Myoscape/FAM40B/STRIP2, which directly interacts with the L-type calcium channel. Knockdown of Myoscape in cardiomyocytes decreases calcium transients associated with smaller Ca(2+) amplitudes and a lower diastolic Ca(2+) content.(More)
Haemodynamic, respiratory, metabolic and endocrine investigations were performed in a total number of 124 patients, divided into four different groups, during opiate anaesthesia for neurosurgical operations in order to characterize general effects of nimodipine, a calcium channel blocking agent with a preferential cerebrovascular action. These studies led(More)
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