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AIM Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are a promising candidate for cardiac replacement therapies. However, the majority of transplanted MSC are readily lost after transplantation because of poor blood supply, ischemia-reperfusion, and inflammatory factors. We aimed to study the effects of hypoxia preconditioning (HPC) on hypoxia/reoxygenation-induced apoptosis(More)
BACKGROUND The role of atherosclerosis-related processes in aortic root dilatation (ARD) has not been fully determined. The present study was to assess the relationship between carotid IMT, carotid plaque, and ARD. METHODS Hypertensive men with ARD (n = 30) were compared with hypertensive men without ARD (n = 52) and normal control subjects (n = 29).(More)
The irreversible loss of cardiomyocytes remains a key problem to resolve, which forms the cellular basis of cardiac dysfunction. MSCs transplantation brings out a promising potential for myocardial renovation with less limitations. However, this cell transplantation therapy is limited by its poor viability after transplantation. Apoptosis is thought to be(More)
BACKGROUND Atorvastatin showed a number of cardiovascular benefits, however, the role and underlying molecular mechanisms of short-term atorvastatin-mediated protection remain unclear. METHODS 30 rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: sham group, acute myocardial infarction model group and atorvastatin group. The rats of acute myocardial infarction(More)
Little is known about the role of isorhamnetin on endothelial cell apoptosis and inflammation when insulted by TNF-α injury. In our study, HUVECs were treated with TNF-α for 6 hours. HUVECs apoptosis were detected using flow cytometry. The expressions of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, E-selectin, NF-κB, AP-1 and eNOS were determined with western blotting or flow(More)
Fibronectin (FN) is a high molecular weight extracellular matrix protein that functions in cell adhesion, growth, migration, and embryonic development. However, little is known about the role of FN during viral infection. In the present study, we found significantly higher levels of FN in sera, and liver tissues from hepatitis B virus (HBV) patients(More)
BACKGROUND Mesenchymal stem cells are a promising cell type for cell transplantation in myocardial infarction. Type I neuregulins-1, also known as heregulin, can promote the survival of cardiomyocytes and stimulate angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression of heregulin and ErbB receptors in mesenchymal stem cells, then(More)
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