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Articles by H Leong Poi
Total Records ( 2 ) for H Leong Poi
  J.N Tsoporis , S Izhar , H Leong Poi , J. F Desjardins , H.J Huttunen and T.G. Parker

Rationale: Post–myocardial infarction ventricular remodeling is associated with the expression of a variety of factors including S100B that can potentially modulate myocyte apoptosis.

Objective: This study was undertaken to investigate the expression and function of S100B and its receptor, the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) in both postinfarction myocardium and in a rat neonatal myocyte culture model.

Methods and Results: In a rat model of myocardial infarction following coronary artery ligation, we demonstrate in periinfarct myocytes, upregulation of RAGE, induction of S100B, and release into plasma with consequent myocyte apoptosis. Using a coimmunoprecipitation strategy, we demonstrate a direct interaction between S100B and RAGE. In rat neonatal cardiac myocyte cultures, S100B at concentrations ≥50 nmol/L induced myocyte apoptosis, as evidenced by increased terminal DNA fragmentation, TUNEL, cytochrome c release from mitochondria to cytoplasm, phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 and p53, increased expression and activity of proapoptotic caspase-3, and decreased expression of antiapoptotic Bcl-2. Transfection of a full-length cDNA of RAGE or a dominant-negative mutant of RAGE resulted in increased or attenuated S100B-induced myocyte apoptosis, respectively. Inhibition of ERK1/2 by U0126/PD-98059 or overexpression of a dominant negative p53 comparably inhibited S100B-induced myocyte apoptosis.

Conclusions: These results suggest that interaction of RAGE and its ligand S100B after myocardial infarction may play a role in myocyte apoptosis by activating ERK1/2 and p53 signaling. This receptor-mediated mechanism is uniquely amenable to therapeutic intervention.

  G Laurent , H Leong Poi , I Mangat , G. W Moe , X Hu , P. P. S So , E Tarulli , A Ramadeen , E. I Rossman , J. K Hennan and P. Dorian

Background— Abnormal intercellular communication caused by connexin dysfunction may contribute to atrial fibrillation (AF). The present study assessed the effect of the gap junction conduction–enhancing antiarrhythmic peptide GAP-134 on AF inducibility and maintenance in a dog model of atrial cardiomyopathy.

Methods and Results— Twenty-four dogs subject to simultaneous atrioventricular pacing (220 bpm for 14 days) were randomly assigned to placebo treatment (PACED-CTRL; 12 dogs) or oral GAP-134 (2.9 mg/kg BID; PACED-GAP-134; 12 dogs) starting on day 0. UNPACED-CTRL (4 dogs) and UNPACED-GAP-134 (4 dogs) served as additional control groups. Change in left atrial (LA) systolic area from baseline to 14 days was calculated using transoesophageal echocardiography. At 14 days, animals underwent an open-chest electrophysiological study. PACED-CTRL dogs (versus UNPACED-CTRL) had a shorter estimated LA wavelength (8.0±1.4 versus 24.4±2.5 cm, P<0.05) and a greater AF vulnerability (mean AF duration, 1588±329 versus 25±34 seconds, P<0.05). Oral GAP-134 had no effect on AF vulnerability in UNPACED dogs. Compared with PACED-CTRL dogs, PACED-GAP-134 dogs had a longer estimated LA wavelength (10.2±2.8 versus 8.0±1.4 cm, respectively, P<0.05). Oral GAP-134 did not significantly reduce AF inducibility or maintenance in the entire group of 24 PACED dogs; in a subgroup of dogs (n=11) with less than 100% increase in LA systolic area, oral GAP-134 reduced AF induction from 100% to 40% and mean AF duration from 1737±120 to 615±280 seconds (P<0.05).

Conclusions— Oral GAP-134 reduces pacing-induced decrease in LA wavelength and appears to attenuate AF vulnerability in dogs with less atrial mechanical remodeling. Gap junction modulation may affect AF in some circumstances.

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