Yaron D. Barac

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OBJECTIVE Cardiac hypertrophy is a compensatory response to increased mechanical load. Since Fas receptor activation is an important component in hypertrophy induced by pressure- and volume-overload, deciphering the underlying signaling pathways is of prime importance. Based on our previous work showing that in mice and rats ventricular myocytes the(More)
OBJECTIVES Altered gap junctional coupling of ventricular myocytes plays an important role in arrhythmogenesis in ischemic heart disease. Since hypoxia is a major component of ischemia, we tested the hypothesis that hypoxia causes gap junctional remodeling accompanied by conduction disturbances. METHODS Cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes were(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the availability of many pharmacological and mechanical therapies, the mortality rate among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) remains high. We tested the hypothesis that TVP1022 (the S-isomer of rasagiline; Azilect), a neuroprotective and cytoprotective molecule, is also cardioprotective in the settings of experimental CHF in(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Because myocardial infarction is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, protecting the heart from the ischaemia and reperfusion (I/R) damage is the focus of intense research. Based on our in vitro findings showing that TVP1022 (the S-enantiomer of rasagiline, an anti-Parkinsonian drug) possesses cardioprotective effects,(More)
Women have a higher risk of adverse outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) than men. However, in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), long-term outcomes after contemporary PCI with drug-eluting stent (DES) have not been fully investigated. We aimed to test the impact of gender on outcomes in patients with ACS after PCI with DES. We analyzed all(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a condition in which peripheral red blood cell (RBC) destruction is induced by the presence of an autoantibody. Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) represents an isolated process of decreased erythropoiesis. The combination of both is quite rare, with a very poor prognosis. We describe a patient(More)
Among the key effects of fluid shear stress on vascular endothelial cells is modulation of gene expression. Promoter sequences termed shear stress response elements (SSREs) mediate the responsiveness of endothelial genes to shear stress. While previous studies showed that shear stress responsiveness is mediated by a single SSRE, these endogenous promoters(More)
BACKGROUND The current cornerstone treatment of myocardial infarction (MI) is restoration of coronary blood flow by means of thrombolytic therapy or primary percutaneous coronary intervention. However, reperfusion of ischemic myocardium can actually provoke tissue damage, defined as "ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury." TVP1022 [the S-isomer of rasagiline(More)
TVP1022, the S-enantiomer of rasagiline (Azilect®) (N-propargyl-1R-aminoindan), exerts cyto/cardio-protective effects in a variety of experimental cardiac and neuronal models. Previous studies have demonstrated that the protective activity of TVP1022 and other propargyl derivatives involve the activation of p42/44 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial ischemia causes contractile dysfunction in ischemic, stunned, and tethered regions with larger infarcted zones having a negative prognostic impact on patients' outcomes. To distinguish the infarcted myocardium from the other regions, we investigated the diagnostic potential of circumferential strain (CS) and radial strain (RS) during(More)