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The present study was to determine the role of the type I isoform of cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG I) and its downstream effector myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 (MYPT1) in the responses of different sized coronary arteries to nitrovasodilators. Relaxations of isolated porcine coronary arteries were determined by isometric tension recording(More)
The dimeric status of nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) is obligatory for its catalyzing activity to synthesis the second messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), which leads to vasodilatation. The present study was conducted to determine whether or not the dimerization of sGC is modulated by thiol-reducing agents and its(More)
Tissue morphogenesis requires proper interaction between cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is mediated by alphabeta heterodimeric receptor integrin. In Caenorhabditis elegans, integrin signaling is essential for formation of gonad. Here, we probe the role of several integrin-associated molecules in ovulation and cell migration. Function of(More)
BACKGROUND Vessel tension can be modulated by phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) acting on l-type calcium channel, rho kinase and phosphodiesterase (PDE) type 3 in smooth muscle cells. Inhibition of PI3K could increase the relaxation of porcine coronary arteries to nitroglycerin independent of this pathway, and the aim of the present study was therefore to(More)
Two-dimensional (2-D) inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging has been widely used in target scattering diagnosis, modeling and target identification. A major shortcoming is that a 2-D ISAR image cannot provide information on the relative altitude of each scattering center on the target. In this paper, we present an interferometric inverse synthetic(More)
LKB1 is a Ser/Thr kinase that plays an important role in controlling both energy metabolism and cell polarity in metazoan organisms. LKB1 is also a tumor suppressor, and homozygous, inactivating mutations are found in a wide range of human cancers. In lung cancer, inactivating mutations are found in 10 to 50% of cases, but the consequences of functional(More)
BACKGROUND Germline mutations in LKB1 result in Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome characterized by intestinal hamartomas and increased incidence of epithelial cancers. LKB1 encodes a serine/threonine kinase that plays an important role in regulating energy metabolism through the AMPK/mTOR signaling pathway. In addition, LKB1 is homologous to PAR-4, a polarity protein(More)