Wilken Schuetz

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Adenosine exerts a mitogenic effect on human endothelial cells via stimulation of the A2A-adenosine receptor. This effect can also be elicited by the beta2-adrenergic receptor but is not mimicked by elevation of intracellular cAMP levels. In the present work, we report that stimulation of the A2A-adenosine receptor and of the beta2-adrenergic receptor(More)
In an attempt to further define the site of myocardial adenosine formation, isolated guinea pig hearts were perfused with potent inhibitors of 5'-nucleotidase [alpha, beta-methylene adenosine 5'-diphosphate (AOPCP)] and of nucleoside transport [4-nitrobenzyl thioinosine (NBMPR)]. AOPCP (50 microM) inhibited the activity of cardiac ecto-5'-nucleotidase by(More)
Based on previous studies showing an increase in circulating soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) after exercise, we hypothesized that exercise may also increase serum levels of the vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sVCAM-1) and sE-selection. In a prospective controlled clinical trial, serum levels of sE-selectin, sICAM-1 and sVAM-1 were(More)
S-Adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase of mammalian hearts from different species is exclusively a cytosolic enzyme. The apparent Km for the guinea-pig enzyme was 2.9 microM (synthesis) and 0.39 microM (hydrolysis). Perfusion of isolated guinea-pig hearts for 120 min with L-homocysteine thiolactone (0.23 mM) and adenosine (0.1 mM), in the presence of(More)
(-)Isoprenaline was continuously administered to rats at a rate of 0.4 mg/kg/h for 7 days via subcutaneously (s.c.) implanted osmotic minipumps. This treatment induced cardiac hypertrophy and a marked decrease in basal as well as catecholamine-stimulated adenylate cyclase activity in a ventricular plasma membrane fraction. The total number of(More)
It was investigated whether adenosine affects the adenylate cyclase system of microvessels, isolated from the rat cerebral cortex, via an external receptor recently classified as R-site receptor. Several adenosine analogs caused GTP-dependent stimulation of adenylate cyclase. The rank order of potency: NECA (5'-(N-ethylcarboxamido)-adenosine, EC50 0.2(More)
Biological effects observed with an antagonist are usually interpreted as the result of its ability to block receptor activation produced by an endogenous agonist. In this Principles article, Wolfgang Schütz and Michael Freissmuth show how considerable evidence has now been accumulated for G protein-coupled receptors that antagonists not only bind to the(More)
1. Adenosine is known to stimulate capillary outgrowth and endothelial cell proliferation, but the underlying mechanism has not been identified. In order to identify the receptor subtype involved, the effects of adenosine receptor agonists and antagonists on human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) proliferation were investigated. 2. Raising(More)
When expressed in Escherichia coli, the human beta 1- and beta 2-adrenergic receptors retain their ligand binding specificity. Their functional integrity was investigated by analyzing receptor-guanine nucleotide-binding regulatory (G) protein coupling by using two splice variants of the alpha subunit of the stimulatory G protein Gs synthesized in E. coli(More)