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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of recombinant human neuregulin-1 (rhNRG-1) in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. BACKGROUND Neuregulin-1 plays important roles in maintaining cardiomyocyte structure and cardiac pumping functionality and physiology. Previously, rhNRG-1 was proven to be effective in treating(More)
A novel polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-Luminex assay was developed for rapid, accurate, and high-throughput detection of the most important hepatitis B virus (HBV) variants, including those with reverse transcriptase (RT) domain L180M, M204I/V, A181T/V/S, I233V and N236T mutations associated with resistance to lamivudine (LAM) or adefovir (ADV). Using(More)
Post-stroke depression (PSD) is a frequent problem in stroke rehabilitation. Several studies have evaluated association between the lesion location and the risk of depression. Different conclusions and contradictory findings have been published. The aim of the present study was to perform a systematic meta-analysis to evaluate the relationship between PSD(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated the therapeutic potential of a recombinant 61-residue neuregulin-1 (beta2a isoform) receptor-active peptide (rhNRG-1) in multiple animal models of heart disease. BACKGROUND Activation of the erbB family of receptor tyrosine kinases by rhNRG-1 could provide a treatment option for heart failure, because neuregulin-stimulated(More)
AIMS Recombinant human neuregulin-1 (rhNRG-1) improves cardiac function in experimental heart failure models, but the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. In this study, we evaluated whether rhNRG-1 could improve cardiac function via the cardiac myosin light chain kinase/myosin light chain 2 ventricular (cMLCK/MLC-2v) pathway in rats with(More)
In vitro experiments using rodent skeletal muscle cells suggest that neuregulin 1 (NRG1) is involved in glucose metabolism regulation, although no study has evaluated the role of NRG1 in systemic glucose homeostasis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of chronic and acute NRG1 treatment on glucose homeostasis in db/db mice. To this aim,(More)
Neuregulin-1s are widely expressed signaling molecules that are involved in cell differentiation, proliferation, growth, survival, and apoptosis. They transmit their signals by interacting with cell membrane receptors of the ErbB family, resulting in the activation of intracellular signaling cascades, which participate in various physiological and(More)
Neuregulin-1 (NRG-1), a cardioactive growth factor released from endothelial cells, is indispensable for cardiac development, structural maintenance, and functional integrity of the heart. In recent years, a growing number of studies have focused on NRG-1 and members of the ErbB family that serve as receptors for NRG-1 in order to better understand the role(More)
OBJECTIVE To construct Z-score reference ranges for normal fetal heart sizes throughout pregnancy. METHODS This is a prospective cross-sectional investigation of 809 normal singleton fetuses from 11th week to term. Fetal transverse heart diameter (HD), heart length (HL), heart circumference (HC) and heart area (HA) were derived from two-dimensional(More)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has extremely restricted host and hepatocyte tropism. HBV-based vectors could form the basis of novel therapies for chronic hepatitis B and other liver diseases and would also be invaluable for the study of HBV infection. Previous attempts at developing HBV-based vectors encountered low yields of recombinant viruses and/or lack of(More)