Rafael Shimkunas, 2nd-year PhD student in the BME Graduate Group, has published his first co-authored paper at UC Davis in the journal Science Signaling: http://stke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/7/317/ra27. In the paper, which is featured on the cover of the issue, Rafael and Chen-Izu Lab colleagues used a novel hydrogel system to investigate the mechano-chemotransduction mechanisms in cardiac myocytes. They discovered mechanical stretch applied to cells activates nNOS signaling and contributes to aberrant calcium sparks that can lead to arrhythmia and heart failure.
BME team publish in Science Signaling
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