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The transition from compensated hypertrophy to failure in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) of advanced age is associated with a marked increase in collagen, a reduction in myocyte mass, and a reduction in maximum Ca(2+)-activated myofibrillar force. We hypothesized that the reduction in myocyte mass and associated functional loss may be due to(More)
Myocyte cell loss is a prominent and important pathogenic feature of cardiac ischemia. We have used cultured neonatal rat cardiac myocytes exposed to prolonged hypoxia as an experimental system to identify critical factors involved in cardiomyocyte death. Exposure of myocytes to hypoxia for 48 h resulted in intranucleosomal cleavage of genomic DNA(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyse systematically the clinical and radiological features of odontogenic ghost cell carcinoma (OGCC). METHODS Clinical and radiological features of 22 OGCCs (4 new and 18 from the literature) were analysed. RESULTS There were 17 (77%) males and 5 (23%) females (male-to-female ratio of 3.4:1). Ages ranged from 13 years to 72 years (mean(More)
Chronic infusion of isoproterenol (Iso) in rats results in cardiac hypertrophy via incompletely understood mechanisms. Our purpose was to determine whether Iso infusion would alter the expression of genes associated with hypertrophy. Male Wistar rats received either 2.4 mg Iso.kg-1.day-1, 9.9 mg propranolol (Prop).kg-1.day-1, both Iso and Prop, or vehicle(More)
Activation of the vacuolar proton ATPase (VPATPase) has been implicated in the prevention of apoptosis in neutrophils and adult cardiac myocytes. To determine the role of the VPATPase in apoptosis of cardiac myocytes, we used a potent and specific inhibitor of the VPATPase, bafilomycin A1. Bafilomycin A1 alone caused increased DNA laddering of genomic DNA(More)
We have previously shown that extracellular ATP, like norepinephrine (NE) and many other hypertrophy-inducing agents, increases expression of the immediate-early genes c-fos and junB in cultured neonatal cardiac myocytes but that the intracellular signaling pathways activated by ATP and responsible for these changes differ from those stimulated by NE.(More)
AIMS The aim of this study is to improve exoinulinase production by expression of a cloned exoinulinase gene inuA1 (GenBank accession no. JF961344) from Penicillium janthinellum strain B01 in Pichia pastoris. METHODS AND RESULTS A full-length cDNA of exoinulinase gene (inuA1) was cloned from P. janthinellum strain B01 using RACE PCR. An open reading frame(More)
The study aims were to investigate the correlation between vertebral shape and hand-wrist maturation and to select characteristic parameters of C2-C5 (the second to fifth cervical vertebrae) for cervical vertebral maturation determination by mixed longitudinal data. 87 adolescents (32 males, 55 females) aged 8-18 years with normal occlusion were studied.(More)
The 70-kD S6 kinase (p70S6K) has been implicated in the regulation of protein synthesis in many cell types and in the angiotensin II-stimulated hypertrophy of cardiac myocytes. Our purpose was to determine whether p70S6K plays a role in cardiomyocyte hypertrophy induced by the alpha 1-adrenergic receptor (alpha 1-AR) agonist phenylephrine (PE). PE(More)
BACKGROUND The long-term survival of patients with unsuspected gallbladder carcinoma (UGC) and the role of radical re-resection for this disease remain unclear. METHODS A retrospective study was carried out on 38 UGC patients. The time-to-event data were demonstrated by Kaplan-Meier curves. Comparing survival curves of two groups using the log-rank test.(More)