Peter B. Baker

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Although the urinary tract is constantly challenged by microbial invasion, it remains free from colonization. Although little is known about how the urinary tract maintains sterility, the presence of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in the urine suggests that they may play a role in its protection from infection. Ribonuclease 7 (RNase 7) is a potent AMP that(More)
Rhodococcus erythropolis Y2 produced two types of dehalogenase: a hydrolytic enzyme, that is an halidohydrolase, which was induced by C3 to C6 1-haloalkane substrates, and at least one oxygenase-type dehalogenase induced by C7 to C16 1-haloalkanes and n-alkanes. The oxygenase-type activity dehalogenated C4 to C18 1-chloroalkanes with an optimum activity(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was performed to determine the degree and time course over 6 years of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis of the cardiac allograft in transplanted patients. BACKGROUND Diastolic dysfunction and to a certain extent systolic dysfunction are common cardiac findings after heart transplantation. The development of(More)
This study was designed to determine prognostic risk indicators of nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DC). Sixty-nine patients were studied. Each patient underwent physical examination (including a history), electrocardiography, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, 24-hour monitoring and endomyocardial biopsy. The mortality rate at 1 year was 35% (24(More)
BACKGROUND Studies indicating that verapamil substantially enhances doxorubicin levels in certain drug-resistant tumor cells have led to the use of verapamil in combination with doxorubicin in animal and clinical studies of multidrug-resistant tumors. These studies have shown this drug combination to be associated with severe toxic effects. It is important(More)
The mechanisms that maintain sterility in the urinary tract are incompletely understood; however, recent studies stress the importance of antimicrobial peptides in protecting the urinary tract from infection. Ribonuclease 7 (RNase 7), a potent antimicrobial peptide contributing to urinary tract sterility, is expressed by intercalated cells in the renal(More)
This study describes six generations of a family with autosomal dominant cardiac conduction system and myocardial disease with recognizable clinical stages. A 20 year follow-up of nine family members, a medical questionnaire of 196, electrocardiographic screening of 91, noninvasive testing of 20, and catheterization with endomyocardial biopsy of six are the(More)
Arterial dissection is usually associated with pathological states such as malignant hypertension, severe atherosclerosis, severe trauma, Marfan syndrome, or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. However, we report three cases in which renal artery dissection occurred in otherwise healthy, normotensive men. In two cases, the onset of symptoms of renal artery dissection(More)
Longitudinal evaluation of a seven generation kindred with an inherited conduction system defect and dilated cardiomyopathy demonstrated autosomal dominant transmission of a progressive disorder that both perturbs atrioventricular conduction and depresses cardiac contractility. To elucidate the molecular genetic basis for this disorder, a genome-wide(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify the histologic characteristics of human myocardium in congestive heart failure (CHF) by cellular hypertrophy, nuclear area, endocardial thickness, and percentage of fibrosis and to correlate histologic findings to cause, severity, and duration of disease. Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsies from 109 patients(More)