Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background c-Kit is a receptor tyrosine kinase present in multiple cell types, including vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC). However, little is known about how c-Kit influences SMC biology and vascular pathogenesis. Methods High-throughput microarray assays and...

["Molecular Biology","Cardiology","Pharmacology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3418
94 downloads
351 views

Background The kidney is always subjected to high metabolic demand. The aim of this study was to characterize metabolic profiles of a rat model of chronic kidney disease (CKD) with cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) induced by prolonged hypertension. Methods We used inbred...

["Molecular Biology","Cardiology","Nephrology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3352
58 downloads
318 views

Our previous study demonstrated that tentacle extract (TE) from the jellyfish Cyanea capillata (C. capillata) could cause a weak relaxation response mediated by nitric oxide (NO) using isolated aorta rings. However, the intracellular mechanisms of TE-induced vasodilation...

["Cell Biology","Marine Biology","Cardiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3172
2 citations
104 downloads
405 views

Background Sevoflurane postconditioning (S-post) has similar cardioprotective effects as ischemic preconditioning. However, the underlying mechanism of S-post has not been fully elucidated. Janus kinase signaling transduction/transcription activator (JAK2–STAT3)...

["Anesthesiology and Pain Management","Cardiology","Translational Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3196
81 downloads
379 views

Background Resveratrol is a cardioprotective agent with known antiarrhythmic effects that has recently been shown to inhibit phosphodiesterase (PDE) enzyme activity. Thus, it is possible that resveratrol increases the inotropic effect of sympathomimetic agents,...

["Cardiology","Drugs and Devices","Pharmacology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3113
200 downloads
338 views

Background The outcomes of the physician-patient discussion intervene in the satisfaction of cardiovascular disease risk patients. Adherence to treatment, provision of continuous care, clinical management of the illness and patients’ adjustment are influenced by...

["Cardiology","Public Health","Science and Medical Education"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2983
112 downloads
344 views

Maximakinin (MK), an amphibian peptide possessing the C-terminal sequence of bradykinin (BK), is a BK B2 receptor (B2R) agonist eliciting prolonged signaling. We reinvestigated this 19-mer for species-specific pharmacologic profile, in vivo confirmation of resistance...

["Cardiology","Pharmacology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2911
146 downloads
385 views

The low survival rate of cardiac stem cells (CSCs) in the ischemic myocardium is one of the obstacles in ischemic cardiomyopathy cell therapy. The MicroRNA (miR)-21 and one of its target protein, the tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN), contributes...

["Cell Biology","Cardiology","Translational Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2859
133 downloads
374 views

Background Fulminant myocarditis (FM) is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium that results in ventricular systolic dysfunction and causes acute-onset heart failure. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has become the primary noninvasive tool for the diagnosis...

["Cardiology","Pediatrics","Radiology and Medical Imaging"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2750
2 citations
161 downloads
509 views

As we age, our hearts undergo changes that result in a reduction in complexity of physiological interactions between different control mechanisms. This results in a potential risk of cardiovascular diseases which are the number one cause of death globally. Since...

["Computational Biology","Cardiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2755
199 downloads
538 views

Background Age remains a significant and unmodifiable risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, and an increasing number of patients older than 80 years of age undergo Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG). Old age is also an independent risk factor for postoperative...

["Cardiology","Epidemiology","Geriatrics","Nursing","Surgery and Surgical Specialties"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2667
3 citations
146 downloads
522 views

Background Anesthetic postconditioning is a cellular protective approach whereby exposure to a volatile anesthetic renders a tissue more resistant to subsequent ischemic/reperfusion event. Sevoflurane postconditioning (SPostC) has been shown to exert cardioprotection...

["Cell Biology","Anaesthesiology and Pain Management","Cardiology","Diabetes and Endocrinology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2659
119 downloads
500 views

Aims We have recently created an age-dependent hypertensive-mono-arthritic animal model from the stroke-resistant spontaneously hypertensive rat to model populations with autoimmune disease who are hypertensive and are prone to stroke. The model exhibits signs...

["Cardiology","Immunology","Pharmacology","Rheumatology","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2608
2 citations
92 downloads
358 views

Ischemic postconditioning (IPC) and ATP sensitive potassium channel (KATP) agonists (e.g. pinacidil and diazoxide) postconditioning are effective methods to defeat myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury, but their specific mechanisms of reducing I/R injury...

["Cell Biology","Anaesthesiology and Pain Management","Cardiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2612
2 citations
114 downloads
467 views

C1q TNF Related Protein 3 (CTRP3) is a novel adipose tissue derived secreted factor, or adipokine, which has been linked to a number of beneficial biological effects on metabolism, inflammation, and survival signaling in a variety of tissues. However, very little...

["Cardiology","Diabetes and Endocrinology","Public Health","Metabolic Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2573

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