Preetha Anna Abraham

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The expression and characteristics of beta-adrenoceptor subtypes (beta1 and beta2) and their agonist actions on synaptic transmission in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) of the rat were examined using in situ hybridization, quantitative real-time PCR, Western blot analysis and field potential recording. In situ hybridization data revealed an intense(More)
We investigated the association of systemic and local tissue stress responses with heat-tolerant (TOL) levels in mice. Thirty-eight mice were assigned into control and three heat exposure groups-TOL, moderately tolerant, and intolerant (INT), based on their overall thermal responses. Real-time core temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate (HR) were(More)
OBJECTIVES African Americans (AA) experience a high mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD), even without an increase in the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome (MetS). The potential role of sleep impairment in this phenomenon has not been studied. The current study examined the relationship between self-reported sleep and MetS components among AAs.(More)
Although progress has been made to understand the association between physiological and lifestyle behaviors with regard to obesity, ethnic differences in markers of obesity and pathways towards obesity remain somewhat unexplained. However, obesity remains a serious growing concern. This paper highlights ethnic differences in African Americans and Caucasians(More)
Oxidative stress and cellular injury have been implicated in induction of HSP72 by alcohol. We investigated the association between HSP72 induction and oxidative stress in mouse tissues following short-term administration of high doses of alcohol and caffeine alone or in combination. Adult male C57BL/6J mice were gavaged with vehicle, alcohol (∼1.7(More)
OBJECTIVES Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) declines with age and low endogenous DHEAS concentrations have been associated with obesity. In addition, DHEAS has been studied for its role in mood and wellbeing. However, limited data are available on salivary DHEAS concentrations in African Americans. Thus, we examined age-related changes in morning(More)
Inflammation and oxidative stress are considered as likely contributors to heat injury. However, their roles in regulating the heat shock response in vivo remain unclear. We tested the hypothesis that acute quercetin treatment would improve redox status and reduce heat shock responses in mice. Mice underwent two heat tests before and after single oral(More)
Objective. To examine the relationship between depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in a group of African American individuals. Design. A nonrandom sample of 253 (age 43.7 ± 11.6 years; 37% male) African American individuals was recruited by advertisements. Data were obtained by validated questionnaires, anthropometric, blood(More)
Purpose: To examine salivary cortisol responses to a racially-charged stimulus in a group of African-American individuals. Methods: A nonrandom sample of 245 (age: 43.8  11.1 years; 64% female) African-American individuals was recruited by advertisements. Specifically, salivary cortisol was assessed prior to and after being exposed to a racially-charged(More)
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