Thu NA Luu

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In an attempt to establish the possible role of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) in the regulation of vasomotor tone of coronary artery bypass grafts, this study examined the action of this peptide and the distribution of [125I]VIP binding sites in isolated human gastroepiploic artery (GEA), internal mammary artery (IMA) and saphenous vein. VIP(More)
To examine the possible role of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in the control of human coronary vascular tone, we have investigated the action of this peptide in healthy and atheromatous human epicardial coronary arteries and localised [125I]CGRP-binding sites in these vessels. Isolated arteries were obtained from 10 cardiomyopathic patients and 6(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim was to examine the capacity of the human saphenous vein (native and surgically prepared) and the internal mammary artery to generate cyclic GMP, the second messenger that mediates smooth muscle relaxation following production of nitric oxide. METHODS 209 vessel segments were used from 22 patients undergoing coronary revascularisation.(More)
The human gastroepiploic artery has been used as a coronary artery bypass conduit in a limited number of clinical studies. It has been postulated that the capacity of the endothelium to release vasoactive substances may contribute to differing patency rates observed in established bypass grafts. We have now examined endothelial function in the human(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the role of neuropeptides in the control of vascular tone in the human saphenous vein the actions of substance P, vasoactive intestinal peptide, calcitonin gene related peptide, neuropeptide Y, and somatostatin on this blood vessel were examined. METHODS In vitro organ bath techniques were used with preparations of saphenous veins(More)
Peptidergic influences have been implicated in the control of tone in human arteries. We have examined the response of human gastroepiploic arteries (GEA) and internal mammary arteries (IMA) to three vasoactive peptides in vitro. Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP, 10(-11) to 3 x 10(-7) M) elicited relaxations in the GEA and IMA [maximum generated response(More)
We have examined the action of endothelin on healthy and diseased human epicardial coronary arteries to assess its possible role in coronary vascular disorders such as vasospasm and atherosclerosis. Endothelin (10(-10) mol l-1-10(-7) mol l-1) produced dose-dependent contractions in both normal and diseased vessels. The level of constriction was(More)
1. The distribution of [125I]-endothelin (ET-1) binding sites on atherosclerotic human epicardial coronary arteries has been studied by in vitro receptor autoradiography. 2. [125I]-ET-1 binding was to the tunica media and regions of neovascularization. 3. Competition studies were carried out in the presence of ET-1 and the ETA receptor antagonist, FR(More)
The purpose of this study was to elucidate the mechanism of action of calcitonin gene-related peptide-induced vasodilatation of human gastroepiploic and internal mammary arteries. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (0.1-100 nmol L-1) elicited relaxations of preconstricted vessels, with a significantly greater effect in the gastroepiploic artery (P < 0.05).(More)
Introduction Automated nerve excitability testing is a relatively new electrodiagnostic technique that became commercially available in 2007 [1]. The purpose of an excitability test is to infer the underlying membrane properties of the nerve in order to detect ion channel disorders in vivo. This is accomplished by using both supraand sub-maximal(More)
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