Thomas Beiert

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Electrical stimulation is the standard technique for exploring electrical behavior of heart muscle, but this approach has considerable technical limitations. Here we report expression of the light-activated cation channel channelrhodopsin-2 for light-induced stimulation of heart muscle in vitro and in mice. This method enabled precise localized stimulation(More)
AIMS Investigation of Gq signalling with pharmacological agonists of Gq-coupled receptors lacks spatio-temporal precision. The aim of this study was to establish melanopsin, a light-sensitive Gq-coupled receptor, as a new tool for the investigation of spatial and temporal effects of Gq stimulation on pacemaking in cardiomyocytes at an early developmental(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Serelaxin (SLX) is a recombinant form of human relaxin-2, a naturally occurring peptide that regulates maternal cardiovascular adaptations to pregnancy. It is unclear whether SLX has a therapeutic effect on atherosclerosis. Therefore, we investigated direct vascular effects of SLX in a mouse model of atherosclerosis. METHODS 6-8(More)
BACKGROUND Relaxin-2 (RLX) is a peptide hormone that exerts beneficial anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory effects in diverse models of cardiovascular disease. The goal of this study was to determine the effects of RLX treatment on the susceptibility to atrial fibrillation (AF) after myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS Mice with cryoinfarction of the left(More)
BACKGROUND During aging a mosaic of normal cells and cells with mitochondrial deficiency develops in various tissues including the heart. Whether this contributes to higher susceptibility for arrhythmia following myocardial infarction (MI) is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS Myocardial cryoinfarction was performed in 12-month-old transgenic mice with(More)
BACKGROUND Visually guided laserballoon (LB) ablation has recently been introduced for pulmonary vein (PV) isolation (PVI). We analyzed efficacy and safety results of the newly introduced LB ablation technique in patients with persistent and longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), and compared this with an established standard method using the(More)
BACKGROUND The wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) has emerged as a valuable tool to protect patients with increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). We sought to characterize WCD patients and to analyze predictors of ventricular arrhythmia (VA) occurrence and WCD shock delivery. METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred fourteen patients with WCD use were(More)
A 71-year-old man with no history of coronary artery disease presented with palpitations to the emergency department. The 12-lead ECG showed a regular tachycardia with wide QRS complexes (220 bpm) suggestive of ventricular tachycardia. Instead invasive electrophysiological investigation revealed typical atrial flutter as underlying arrhythmia. The altered(More)
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