Aimee R Herdt

Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey, Morristown, Tennessee, United States

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Publications (5)17.27 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The efficient clearance of amyloid-β (Aβ) is essential to modulate levels of the peptide in the brain and to prevent it from accumulating in senile plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. We and others have shown that failure in Aβ catabolism can produce elevations in Aβ concentration similar to those observed in familial forms of AD. Based on the available evidence, it remains plausible that in late-onset AD, disturbances in the activity of Aβ degrading enzymes could induce Aβ accumulation, and that this increase could result in AD pathology. The following review presents a historical perspective of the parallel discovery of three vasopeptidases (neprilysin and endothelin-converting enzymes-1 and -2) as important Aβ degrading enzymes. The recognition of the role of these vasopeptidases in Aβ degradation, beyond bringing to light a possible explanation of how cardiovascular risk factors may influence AD risk, highlights a possible risk of the use of inhibitors of these enzymes for other clinical indications such as hypertension. We will discuss in detail the experiments conducted to assess the impact of vasopeptidase deficiency (through pharmacological inhibition or genetic mutation) on Aβ accumulation, as well as the cooperative effect of multiple Aβ degrading enzymes to regulate the concentration of the peptide at multiple sites, both intracellular and extracellular, throughout the brain.
    Journal of Alzheimer's disease: JAD 08/2012; · 4.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) models in rats have been investigated in many studies. The reconstruction of hepatic artery is required for reliable OLT and also requires advanced skills. METHODS: The hepatic artery reconstructions by a hand-suture technique and a new method using a micro T-tube were investigated in rats with a whole-liver syngeneic graft. Operative time and postoperative patency were compared between the hand-suture and micro T-tube techniques. RESULTS: Our technique using the micro T-tube shortened the operative time of recipient surgery compared with the hand-suture technique and prolonged the operative time for the donor. The patency ratio was maintained at 24h after OLT with hand suturing but was significantly reduced with the micro T-tube, which had a patency ratio of 0.83 only up to 6h after OLT. CONCLUSION: The micro T-tube technique may have potential usefulness in the rat OLT model but requires further modification.
    Journal of Surgical Research 05/2012; · 2.02 Impact Factor
  • Microsurgery 03/2012; 32(3):253-4. · 1.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate our learning curves of orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) in rats and the most important factor for successful surgery. We describe the surgical procedures for our rat OLT model, and determined the operator learning curves. The various factors that contributed to successful surgery were determined. The most important surgical factors were evaluated between successful and unsuccessful surgeries. Learning curve data indicated that 50 cases were required for operator training to start a study. Operative time, blood loss, warm ischemic time, anhepatic phase, unstable systemic hemodynamic state, and body temperature after surgery significantly affected surgery success by univariate analysis, while the anhepatic phase was the most critical factor for success by multivariate analysis. OLT in rats is the only liver transplantation model that provides clinically relevant and reliable results. Shortened anhepatic phase is key to success in this model.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 07/2010; 16(25):3120-32. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD) (Krabbe disease) is an autosomal recessive, degenerative, lysosomal storage disease caused by a severe loss of galactocerebrosidase (GALC) enzymatic activity. Of the >70 disease-causing mutations in the GALC gene, most are located outside of the catalytic domain of the enzyme. To determine how GALC mutations impair enzymatic activity, we investigated the impact of multiple disease-causing mutations on GALC processing, localization, and enzymatic activity. Studies in mammalian cells revealed dramatic decreases in GALC activity and a lack of appropriate protein processing into an N-terminal GALC fragment for each of the mutants examined. Consistent with this, we observed significantly less GALC localized to the lysosome and impairment in either the secretion or reuptake of mutant GALC. Notably, the D528N mutation was found to induce hyperglycosylation and protein misfolding. Reversal of these conditions resulted in an increase in proper processing and GALC activity, suggesting that glycosylation may play a critical role in the disease process in patients with this mutation. Recent studies have shown that enzyme inhibitors can sometimes "chaperone" misfolded polypeptides to their appropriate target organelle, bypassing the normal cellular quality control machinery and resulting in enhanced activity. To determine whether this may also work for GLD, we examined the effect of alpha-lobeline, an inhibitor of GALC, on D528N mutant cells. After treatment, GALC activity was significantly increased. This study suggests that mutations in GALC can cause GLD by impairing protein processing and/or folding and that pharmacological chaperones may be potential therapeutic agents for patients carrying certain mutations.
    Journal of Neuroscience 04/2010; 30(16):5489-97. · 6.91 Impact Factor