Airway smooth muscle contraction is not caused by the increase in intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)](i)) alone because agonist stimulation increases tension at the same [Ca(2+)](i) (increase in Ca(2+) sensitivity). The small G protein Rho A and Rho-kinase (ROCK) play important roles in the regulation of Ca(2+) sensitivity. In this study, we investigated the effects of three ROCK inhibitors (fasudil, Y-27632, and H-1152) on rat airway smooth muscle contraction and the effects of ROCK inhibitors on propofol-induced bronchodilatory effects.
We studied how these changes had affected postoperative management of patients after pleuropneumonectomy.
We retrospectively reviewed 22 patients who had undergone pleuropneumonectomy for malignant pleural mesothelioma from 2001 to 2008. They were divided into two groups; those before 2003 (n = 6) a...
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