Thomas H. Hintze

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether the heart in large mammals contains cardiac progenitor cells that regulate organ homeostasis and regenerate dead myocardium after infarction. We report that the dog heart possesses a cardiac stem cell pool characterized by undifferentiated cells that are self-renewing, clonogenic, and multipotent. These(More)
Recently, we have shown that chronic exercise increases endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF)/nitric oxide (NO)-mediated epicardial coronary artery dilation in response to brief occlusion and acetylcholine. This finding suggests that exercise can provide a stimulus for the enhanced production of EDRF/NO, thus possibly contributing to the beneficial(More)
We performed high-resolution temperature measurements under ice cover in Lake Müggelsee, Germany, during the winter of 2005–2006. Intense seiche-like temperature oscillations developing after the ice-on have been encountered in a thin water layer above the sediments. The oscillations were initiated immediately after lake freezing by the release of the(More)
Heart failure is the leading cause of death in the elderly, but whether this is the result of a primary aging myopathy dictated by depletion of the cardiac progenitor cell (CPC) pool is unknown. Similarly, whether current lifespan reflects the ineluctable genetic clock or heart failure interferes with the genetically determined fate of the organ and(More)
Cell death has been questioned as a mechanism of ventricular failure. In this report, we tested the hypothesis that apoptotic death of myocytes, endothelial cells, and fibroblasts is implicated in the development of the dilated myopathy induced by ventricular pacing. Accumulation of reactive oxygen products such as nitrotyrosine, potentiation of the(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine whether cardiac nitric oxide (NO) production changes during the progression of pacing-induced heart failure and whether this occurs in association with alterations in myocardial metabolism. Dogs (n=8) were instrumented and the heart paced until left ventricular end-diastolic pressure reached 25 mm Hg and(More)
BACKGROUND Phosphodiesterase III (PDE3) inhibitors are inotropic agents used to treat congestive heart failure (CHF) and are less effective in patients with severe CHF. Little is known about relative changes in PDE3 activity or gene expression during the evolution of cardiomyopathy. METHODS AND RESULTS In the present study, we evaluated temporal changes(More)
Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) were developed as vasodilators, and their use in cardiovascular disease treatment remains largely based on that mechanism of action. More recently, with the evolution of second- and third-generation CCBs, pleiotropic effects have been observed, and at least some of CCBs' benefit is attributable to these mechanisms.(More)
We investigated the role of nitric oxide (NO) in the control of myocardial O2 consumption in Fischer 344 rats. In Fischer rats at 4, 14, and 23 mo of age, we examined cardiac function using echocardiography, the regulation of cardiac O2 consumption in vitro, endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) protein levels, and potential mechanisms that regulate superoxide.(More)
OBJECTIVE Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2-DM) is frequently associated with vascular dysfunction and elevated blood pressure, yet the underlying mechanisms are not completely understood. We hypothesized that in T2-DM, the regulation of peripheral vascular resistance is altered because of changes in local vasomotor mechanisms. METHODS AND RESULTS In mice with(More)