Sabrena F Noria

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OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that the alterations in vasomotor tone and adaptive remodeling responses that occur in the circulation because of hypoxia were dependent on changes in cell to cell communication through regulation of gap junction protein expression and function. Consequently, we studied the amount, distribution, and permeability of the principal(More)
We tested the hypothesis that bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) must be internalized to facilitate endotoxin-dependent signal activation in cardiac myocytes. Fluorescently labeled LPS was used to treat primary cardiomyocyte cultures, perfused heart preparations, and the RAW264.7 macrophage cell line. Using confocal microscopy and spectrofluorometry, we(More)
OBJECTIVE Protein kinase C (PKC) activation impairs contractility in the normal heart but is protective during myocardial ischemia. We hypothesized that PKC remains activated post-ischemia and modulates myocardial excitation-contraction coupling during early reperfusion. METHODS Langendorff-perfused rabbit hearts where subjected to 25 min unmodified(More)
The introduction of laparoscopy has provided trauma surgeons with a valuable diagnostic and, at times, therapeutic option. The minimally invasive nature of laparoscopic surgery, combined with potentially quicker postoperative recovery, simplified wound care, as well as a growing number of viable intraoperative therapeutic modalities, presents an attractive(More)
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