Tudor M. Griffith

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The existence of endothelium-derived vascular relaxant factor (EDRF) was postulated by Furchgott and colleagues when they observed that acetylcholine paradoxically relaxed preconstricted aortic strip preparations by an endothelium-dependent mechanism. This phenomenon has since been demonstrated in different blood vessels and mammalian species and it can be(More)
NO- and prostanoid-independent relaxations are generally assumed to be mediated by an endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF) that has been postulated to be an arachidonic acid metabolite. Recent evidence also suggests that direct heterocellular gap junctional communication (GJC) between endothelium and smooth muscle contributes to NO-independent(More)
The authors have investigated the hypothesis that loss of endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) activity contributes to cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Adventitial exposure to hemoglobin was studied angiographically by injecting purified hemoglobin solution or autologous whole blood into the cisterna magna of anesthetized pigs. Both(More)
We have developed a mathematical model of arterial vasomotion in which irregular rhythmic activity is generated by the nonlinear interaction of intracellular and membrane oscillators that depend on cyclic release of Ca2+ from internal stores and cyclic influx of extracellular Ca2+, respectively. Four key control variables were selected on the basis of the(More)
Constriction of vascular smooth muscle in response to the stimulus of raised intravascular pressure--the myogenic response--represents a positive feedback mechanism which, if unopposed, could theoretically lead to instability in the intact circulation. Dilation in response to increased intraluminal flow would provide an opposing feedback mechanism which(More)
Chronic arsenic ingestion predisposes to vascular disease, but underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In the present study we have analyzed the effects of short-term arsenite exposure on vascular function and endothelium-dependent relaxation. Endothelium-dependent relaxations, nitric oxide (NO) and endothelium derived hyperpolarizing factor(More)
Synthetic peptides homologous to the Gap 26 and Gap 27 domains of the first and second extracellular loops of the major vascular connexins (Cx37, Cx40, and Cx43) have been used to investigate the role of gap junctions in endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-type relaxations of the rat hepatic artery. These peptides were designated 37,40Gap 26,(More)
We have investigated the role of vascular smooth muscle Ca2+ fluxes in the genesis of chaotic pressure oscillations induced by histamine in isolated resistance arteries from the rabbit ear. The responses exhibited distinct "fast" and "slow" components, with periods of 5-20 s and 1-5 min, respectively, which could be dissociated pharmacologically. The fast(More)
The effects of pharmacological interventions that modulate Ca(2+) homeodynamics and membrane potential in rat isolated cerebral vessels during vasomotion (i.e., rhythmic fluctuations in arterial diameter) were simulated by a third-order system of nonlinear differential equations. Independent control variables employed in the model were [Ca(2+)] in the(More)
AIMS Our objective was to investigate whether pro-oxidant properties of ascorbic acid (AA) and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH(4)) modulate endothelium-dependent, electrotonically mediated arterial relaxation. METHODS AND RESULTS In studies with rabbit iliac artery (RIA) rings, NO-independent, endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF)-type relaxations(More)