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In the heart of uremic animals and patients, the number of capillaries per volume of myocardium is reduced. Immunohistochemical studies demonstrated increased cardiac endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression in the left ventricle of uremic animals. Therefore, whether treatment with a selective ET(A)-receptor antagonist prevented such capillary-myocyte mismatch was(More)
ACE-I and specific ETA receptor blockade comparably prevented the development of structural cardiovascular alterations such as LVH, myocardial interstitial expansion and wall thickening of intramyocardial and extracardiac arteries in experimental renal failure. However, the decrease in myocardial capillary supply and the concomitant increase in(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF2) plays a major role in angiogenesis and capillary growth. In contrast to vascular endothelial growth factor, which is required for proliferation and survival of endothelial cells, FGF2 does not seem to be essential since the Fgf2 knockout is not lethal. Therefore, the precise genetic and physiological roles of FGF2 for(More)
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