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Capacitative Ca(2+) entry (CCE) through store-operated Ca(2+) (SOC) channels plays an important role in returning Ca(2+) to the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and regulating cytosolic free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](cyt)). A rise in [Ca(2+)](cyt) and sufficient Ca(2+) in the SR are required for pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation. We(More)
ANG-(1-7) improves the function of the remodeling heart. Although this peptide is generated directly within the myocardium, the effects of ANG-(1-7) on cardiac fibroblasts that play a critical role in cardiac remodeling are largely unknown. We tested the hypothesis that specific binding of ANG-(1-7) to cardiac fibroblasts regulates cellular functions that(More)
Pulmonary vascular medial hypertrophy due to proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC) greatly contributes to the increased pulmonary vascular resistance in pulmonary hypertension patients. A rise in cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]cyt) is an important stimulus for cell growth in PASMC. Resting [Ca2+]cyt, intracellularly stored(More)
Vasoconstriction and vascular medial hypertrophy, resulting from increased intracellular [Ca2+] in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC), contribute to elevated vascular resistance in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). Caveolae, microdomains within the plasma membrane, contain the protein caveolin, which binds certain(More)
Apoptotic cell shrinkage, an early hallmark of apoptosis, is regulated by K+ efflux and K+ channel activity. Inhibited apoptosis and downregulated K+ channels in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC) have been implicated in development of pulmonary vascular medial hypertrophy and pulmonary hypertension. The objective of this study was to test the(More)
Giardia duodenalis and Enterocytozoon bieneusi are two common protozoa that parasitize the intestinal epithelium of animals and humans. Calves have been identified as important reservoirs of these two pathogens, but limited data is available for these two pathogens in calves in China. In the present study, the prevalence and assemblages/genotypes of both(More)
We compared the parameters of chlorophyll fluorescence between two sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.) species differing in drought tolerance. Our results indicated that there were different responses to the drought stress of these sugar beet species. In drought-tolerant sugar beet, the F 0 increased slightly, while qN increased substantially, indicating that(More)
The photosynthetic and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters were studied in Ziziphus jujuba var. spinosus under different soil water gradients obtained by irrigation and natural water consumption. We used the rectangular hyperbola model, the nonrectangular hyperbola model, the exponential model, and the modified rectangular hyperbola model to fit our data(More)