Sofija Jovanović

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Mutations within the with-no-K(Lys) (WNK) kinases cause Gordon's syndrome characterized by hypertension and hyperkalaemia. WNK kinases phosphorylate and activate the STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) protein kinase, which phosphorylates and stimulates the key Na(+):Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) and Na(+):K(+):2Cl(-) cotransporters (NKCC2)(More)
Discovered in the cardiac sarcolemma, ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels have more recently also been identified within the inner mitochondrial membrane. Yet the consequences of mitochondrial KATP channel activation on mitochondrial function remain partially documented. Therefore, we isolated mitochondria from rat hearts and used K+ channel openers to examine(More)
Metabolic injury is a complex process affecting various tissues, with intracellular Ca2+ loading recognized as a common precipitating event leading to cell death. We have recently observed that cells overexpressing recombinant ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channel subunits may acquire resistance against metabolic stress. To examine whether, under metabolic(More)
We employed Cre/loxP technology to generate mPDK1(-/-) mice, which lack PDK1 in cardiac muscle. Insulin did not activate PKB and S6K, nor did it stimulate 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase and production of fructose 2,6-bisphosphate, in the hearts of mPDK1(-/-) mice, consistent with PDK1 mediating these processes. All mPDK1(-/-) mice died suddenly between 5 and 11(More)
BACKGROUND Opening of cardiac ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels has emerged as a promising but still controversial cardioprotective mechanism. Defining KATP channel function at the level of recombinant channel proteins is a necessary step toward further evaluation of the cardioprotective significance of this ion conductance. METHODS AND RESULTS KATP(More)
Brief periods of ischemia and reperfusion that precede sustained ischemia lead to a reduction in myocardial infarct size. This phenomenon, known as ischemic preconditioning, is mediated by signaling pathway(s) that is complex and yet to be fully defined. AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) is activated in cells under conditions associated with ATP depletion and(More)
Rat thymic epithelial cells (TEC) have been studied by a panel of monoclonal antibodies specific for single cytokeratin polypeptides or cytokeratin pairs. Using various combinations of single and double immunostainings 6 TEC subsets (CK types) were identified, each characterized by different cytokeratin expression. Subcapsular/perivascular TEC (TEC-CK type(More)
1. The effect of oxytocin on endothelium-intact and endothelium-denuded segments of the human uterine artery rings was investigated. 2. In both types of preparation oxytocin induced contraction of human uterine artery with similar potency and efficacy (pEC50 values: 6.95 +/- 0.05 vs 7.06 +/- 0.01; maximal response values: 61 +/- 4.1% vs 63 +/- 5.1% for(More)
ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channels in the heart are normally closed by high intracellular ATP, but are activated during ischemia to promote cellular survival. These channels are heteromultimers composed of Kir6.2 subunit, an inwardly rectifying K(+) channel core, and SUR2A, a regulatory subunit implicated in ligand-dependent regulation of channel gating.(More)
The opening of sarcolemmal and mitochondrial ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channels in the heart is believed to mediate ischemic preconditioning, a phenomenon whereby brief periods of ischemia/reperfusion protect the heart against myocardial infarction. Here, we have applied digital epifluorescent microscopy, immunoprecipitation and Western blotting, perforated(More)