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Although diabetes has been identified as a major risk factor for atrial fibrillation, little is known about glucose metabolism in the healthy and diabetic atria. Glucose transport into the cell, the rate-limiting step of glucose utilization, is regulated by the Glucose Transporters (GLUTs). Although GLUT4 is the major isoform in the heart, GLUT8 has(More)
AIMS/INTRODUCTION Diabetes mellitus is a major risk factor in the development of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). The presence of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) promotes CVDs by upregulating endothelial cell (EC) inflammatory and thrombotic responses, in a similar manner as disturbed shear stress. However, the combined effect of disturbed shear(More)
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