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Articles by H Lin
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  B. K Formaker , H Lin , T. P Hettinger and M. E. Frank

Studies of taste receptor cells, chorda tympani (CT) neurons, and brainstem neurons show stimulus interactions in the form of inhibition or enhancement of the effectiveness of sucrose when mixed with acids or citrate salts, respectively. To investigate further the effects of acids and the trivalent citrate anion on sucrose responses in hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus), we recorded multifiber CT responses to 100 mM sucrose; a concentration series of HCl, citric acid, acetic acid, sodium citrate (with and without amiloride added), potassium citrate, and all binary combinations of acids and salts with 100 mM sucrose. Compared with response additivity, sucrose responses were increasingly suppressed in acid + sucrose mixtures with increases in titratable acidity, but HCl and citric acid were more effective suppressors than acetic acid. Citrate salts suppressed sucrose responses and baseline CT neural activity to a similar degree. Citrate salts also elicited prolonged, concentration-dependent, water-rinse responses. The specific loss in sucrose effectiveness as a CT stimulus with increasing titratable acidity was confirmed; however, no increase in sucrose effectiveness was found with the addition of citrate. Further study is needed to define the chemical basis for effects of acids and salts in taste mixtures.

  T Rajathurai , S. I Rizvi , H Lin , G. D Angelini , A. C Newby and G. J. Murphy

Background— Neointima formation and atherosclerosis compromise long-term graft patency in aortocoronary and peripheral vein bypass grafts. We investigated the short- and long-term effects of periadventitial application of a sustained-release formulation of rapamycin on experimental pig vein grafts with similar dimensions and kinetics to human saphenous vein bypass grafts.

Methods and Results— Periadventitial application of rapamycin-eluting polyvinyl alcohol microspheres (60 µg · cm–2) to porcine saphenous vein-to-carotid artery interposition grafts inhibited vein graft positive and vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation in 1-week grafts. It also decreased neointima formation and wall thickening in 4-week vein grafts compared with controls. The inhibition of vein graft thickening was not sustained; however, a catch-up phenomenon was observed, and there was no therapeutic benefit evident in 12-week grafts. Increasing the dose of rapamycin to 120 µg · cm–2 was associated with significant local toxicity manifest by high rates of graft rupture (25%), inhibition of adventitial neoangiogenesis, and a paradoxical acceleration of vein graft disease as evidenced by increased vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation.

Conclusions— Local toxicity and poor long-term efficacy limits the clinical applicability of locally applied, sustained rapamycin release in vein graft disease.

  E. C Leifheit Limson , K. J Reid , S. V Kasl , H Lin , P. G Jones , D. M Buchanan , S Parashar , P. N Peterson , J. A Spertus and J. H. Lichtman

Background— Prior studies have associated low social support (SS) with increased rehospitalization and mortality after acute myocardial infarction. However, relatively little is known about whether similar patterns exist for other outcomes, such as health status and depressive symptoms, and whether these patterns vary by sex.

Methods and Results— Using data from 2411 English- or Spanish-speaking patients with acute myocardial infarction enrolled in a 19-center prospective study, we examined the association of SS (low, moderate, high) with health status (angina, disease-specific quality of life, general physical and mental functioning) and depressive symptoms over the first year of recovery. Overall and sex-stratified associations were evaluated using mixed-effects Poisson and linear regression, adjusting for site, baseline health status, baseline depressive symptoms, and demographic and clinical factors. Patients with the lowest SS (relative to those with the highest) had increased risk of angina (relative risk, 1.27; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.10, 1.48); lower disease-specific quality of life (mean difference [β]=–3.33; 95% CI, –5.25, –1.41), lower mental functioning (β=–1.72; 95% CI, –2.65, –0.79), and more depressive symptoms (β=0.94; 95% CI, 0.51, 1.38). A nonsignificant trend toward lower physical functioning (β=–0.87; 95% CI, –1.95, 0.20) was observed. In sex-stratified analyses, the relationship between SS and outcomes was stronger for women than for men, with a significant SS-by-sex interaction for disease-specific quality of life, physical functioning, and depressive symptoms (all P<0.02).

Conclusions— Lower SS is associated with worse health status and more depressive symptoms over the first year of acute myocardial infarction recovery, particularly for women.

  Y. M Sue , C. P Chung , H Lin , Y Chou , C. Y Jen , H. F Li , C. C Chang and S. H. Juan

We previously showed that an increase in the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor- (PPAR), together with subsequent induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) by beraprost (BPS), inhibits aortic smooth muscle cell proliferation. Herein, we delineated the mechanisms of the antiproliferative effects of BPS through the induction of p21/p27. BPS concentration dependently induced the p21/p27 promoter- and consensus cAMP-responsive element (CRE)-driven luciferase activities, which were significantly suppressed by blocking PPAR activation. Surprisingly, other than altering the CRE-binding protein (CREB), BPS-mediated PPAR activation increased nuclear localization of the CREB-binding protein (CBP), a coactivator, which was further confirmed by chromatin immunoprecipitation. Furthermore, novel functional PPAR-responsive elements (PPREs) next to CREs in the rat p21/p27 promoter regions were identified, where PPAR interacted with CREB through CBP recruitment. BPS-mediated suppression of restenosis in mice with angioplasty was associated with p21/p27 induction. Herein, we demonstrate for the first time that BPS-mediated PPAR activation enhances transcriptional activation of p21/p27 by increasing CBP nuclear translocation, which contributes to the vasoprotective action of BPS.

  M. C Chen , H Lin , F. N Hsu , P. H Huang , G. S Lee and P. S. Wang

The signaling mechanisms underlying cell differentiation have been extensively studied with the use of rat PC12 cells as a model system. Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a trophic factor inducing PC12 cell differentiation through the activation of the p35/cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) complex. It has been reported that adenylyl cyclase activation and cAMP production may be involved in NGF-dependent actions. Our previous results indicate that cAMP activates the p35/Cdk5 complex in reproductive cells. Therefore, the role of cAMP in NGF-triggered p35/Cdk5 activation and PC12 differentiation was interesting to explore. Our results indicate that roscovitine, a molecular inhibitor of Cdk5, blocks cAMP-triggered PC12 differentiation, which was evaluated by neurite initiation, a decrease in proliferation, and cell cycle G1 arrest. The following data show that cAMP treatment increased Cdk5 activity through p35 upregulation. cAMP downstream components, protein kinase A (PKA) and phosphorylated cAMP response element binding protein (CREB), are involved in this regulation. The immunocytochemical results indicate that PKA inhibition disrupted cAMP-triggered p35/Cdk5 localization in PC12 cells. In addition, adenylyl cyclase inhibition was found to diminish NGF-induced intracellular cAMP production, CREB phosphorylation, and p35 expression. The cAMP antagonist and the PKA inhibitors reduced NGF-induced p35 expression. Finally, NGF-triggered PC12 differentiation was partially decreased by adenylyl cyclase or PKA inhibitors. In conclusion, these results demonstrate that cAMP may play a role in NGF-p35/Cdk5-dependent PC12 differentiation.

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