Quang Kha Tran

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Elevations in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration are the usual initial response of endothelial cells to hormonal and chemical transmitters and to changes in physical parameters, and many endothelial functions are dependent upon changes in Ca2+ signals produced. Endothelial cell Ca2+ signalling shares similar features with other electrically non-excitable cell(More)
Monocytes/macrophages are present in all stages of atherosclerosis. Although many of their activities depend to various extents on changes in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)), mechanisms regulating [Ca(2+)](i) in these cells remain unclear. We aimed to explore the role of myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) in Ca(2+) signaling in freshly(More)
Activation of smooth muscle myosin light-chain kinase (MLCK) causes contraction. Here we have proven that MLCK controls Ca2+ entry (CE) in endothelial cells (ECs): MLCK antisense oligonucleotides strongly prevented bradykinin (BK)- and thapsigargin (TG)-induced endothelial Ca2+ response, while MLCK sense did not. We also show that the relevant mechanism is(More)
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OBJECTIVES This study was designed to investigate the involvement of myosin light-chain kinase (MLCK) in bradykinin- and thapsigargin-induced changes in intracellular Cl- and Ca2+ concentrations ([Cl-]i; [Ca2+]i) in porcine aortic endothelial cells. METHODS Using the fluorescent probes N-ethoxycarbonylmethyl-6-methoxyquinolinium bromide (MQAE) and(More)
Stochastic programming models are large-scale optimization problems that are used to facilitate decision-making under uncertainty. Optimization algorithms for such problems need to evaluate the expected future costs of current decisions, often referred to as the recourse function. In practice, this calculation is com-putationally difficult as it requires(More)
Many functions of endothelial cells are Ca(2+)/calmodulin dependent, whereas the role of calmodulin in the regulation of cytosolic Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](i)) remains largely unexplained. In the present study, effects of various calmodulin antagonists on [Ca(2+)](i) were investigated in cultured aortic endothelial cells loaded with the Ca(2+)-sensitive dye(More)
Since its founding, NASA has been dedicated to the advancement of aeronautics and space science. The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program Office plays a key part in helping NASA maintain this important role. The NASA STI Program Office is operated by Langley Research Center, the Lead Center for NASA's scientific and technical information.(More)
Effects of the heparin-binding growth factor midkine (MK) were investigated on endothelial Ca(2+) signaling and nitric oxide (NO) production. Bradykinin (10 nM) and thapsigargin (1 microM) provoked large Ca(2+) influxes under fura-2/AM fluoroscopy. Pretreatment with human MK dose-dependently (1-500 ng/ml) inhibited the Ca(2+) response to bradykinin but not(More)