S R Houser

Temple University, Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) impairs re-endothelialization and accelerates vascular remodeling. The role of CD34(+)/VEGF receptor (VEGFR) 2(+) progenitor cells (PCs) in vascular repair in HHcy is unknown. We studied the effect of HHcy on PCs and its role in vascular repair in severe HHcy (∼150 μM), which was induced in cystathionine-β synthase heterozygous mice fed a high-methionine diet for 8 weeks. Vascular injury was introduced by carotid air-dry endothelium denudation. CD34(+)/VEGFR2(+) cells were examined by flow cytometry. HHcy reduced bone marrow (BM) CD34(+)/VEGFR2(+) cells and suppressed replenishment of postinjury CD34(+)/VEGFR2(+) cells in peripheral blood (PB). Donor green fluorescent protein-positive PC homing to the injured vessel was reduced in HHcy after CD34(+) PCs from enhanced green fluorescent protein mice were adoptively transferred following carotid injury. CD34(+) PC transfusion partially reversed HHcy-suppressed re-endothelialization and HHcy-induced neointimal formation. Furthermore, homocysteine (Hcy) inhibited proliferation, adhesion, and migration and suppressed β1-integrin expression and activity in human CD34(+) endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) isolated from PBs in a dose-dependent manner. A functional-activating β1-integrin antibody rescued Hcy-suppressed adhesion and migration in CD34(+) ECFCs. In conclusion, HHcy reduces BM CD34(+)/VEGFR2(+) generation and suppresses CD34(+)/VEGFR2(+) cell mobilization and homing to the injured vessel via β1-integrin inhibition, which partially contributes to impaired re-endothelialization and vascular remodeling.-Nelson, J., Wu, Y., Jiang, X., Berretta, R., Houser, S., Choi, E., Wang, J., Huang, J., Yang, X., Wang, H. Hyperhomocysteinemia suppresses bone marrow CD34(+)/VEGF receptor 2(+) cells and inhibits progenitor cell mobilization and homing to injured vasculature-a role of β1-integrin in progenitor cell migration and adhesion. © FASEB.
    The FASEB Journal 04/2015; 29(7). DOI:10.1096/fj.14-267989 · 5.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Excessive oxidative stress in the heart results in contractile dysfunction. While antioxidant therapies have been a disappointment clinically, exercise has shown beneficial results, in part by reducing oxidative stress. We have previously shown that neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) is essential for cardioprotective adaptations caused by exercise. We hypothesize that part of the cardioprotective role of nNOS is via the augmentation of the antioxidant defense with exercise by positively shifting the nitroso-redox balance. Our results show that nNOS is indispensable for the augmented anti-oxidant defense with exercise. Furthermore, exercise training nNOS knockout mice resulted in a negative shift in the nitroso-redox balance resulting in contractile dysfunction. Remarkably, overexpressing nNOS (conditional cardiac-specific nNOS overexpression) was able to mimic exercise by increasing VO2max. This study demonstrates that exercise results in a positive shift in the nitroso-redox balance that is nNOS-dependent. Thus, targeting nNOS signaling may mimic the beneficial effects of exercise by combating oxidative stress and may be a viable treatment strategy for heart disease. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 01/2015; 81. DOI:10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.01.003 · 5.22 Impact Factor
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    Circulation 11/2014; 131(1). DOI:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.014190 · 14.95 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Early-career academic cardiologists currently face unprecedented challenges that threaten a highly valued career path. A team consisting of early career professionals and senior leadership members of American College of Cardiology (ACC) completed this white paper to inform the cardiovascular medicine profession regarding the plight of early career cardiologists and to suggest possible solutions. This paper includes: (1) definition of categories of early career academic cardiologists, (2) general challenges to all categories and specific challenges to each category, (3) obstacles as identified by a survey of current early career members of the ACC, (4) major reasons for the failure of physician-scientists to receive funding from National Institute of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI) career development grants, (5) potential solutions, and (6) a call to action with specific recommendations.
    Journal of the American College of Cardiology 06/2014; 63(21). DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.03.011 · 15.34 Impact Factor
  • Mark T Ziolo, Steven R Houser
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    ABSTRACT: Significance: Heart failure (HF) results from poor heart function and is the leading cause of death in Western society. Abnormalities of Ca2+ handling at the level of the ventricular myocyte are largely responsible for much of the poor heart function. Recent Advances: While studies have unraveled numerous mechanisms for the abnormal Ca2+ handling, investigations over the past decade have indicated that much of the contractile dysfunction and adverse remodeling that occurs in HF involves oxidative stress. Critical Issues: Regrettably, anti-oxidant therapy has been an immense disappoint in clinical trials. Thus, redox signaling is being reassessed to elucidate why antioxidants failed to treat HF. Future Directions: A recently identified aspect of redox signaling (specifically the superoxide anion radical) is its interaction with nitric oxide, known as the nitroso-redox balance. There is a large nitroso-redox imbalance with HF and we suggest that correcting this imbalance may be able to restore myocyte contraction and improve heart function.
    Antioxidants & Redox Signaling 05/2014; 21(14). DOI:10.1089/ars.2014.5873 · 7.67 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This Controversies in Research article discusses the hypothesis that protein kinase A (PKA)-mediated phosphorylation of the Ryanodine Receptor (RyR) at a single serine (RyRS2808) is essential for normal sympathetic regulation of cardiac myocyte contractility and is responsible for the disturbed Ca(2+) regulation that underlies depressed contractility in heart failure. Studies supporting this hypothesis have associated hyperphosphorylation of RyRS2808 and heart failure progression in animals and humans and have shown that a phosphorylation defective RyR mutant mouse (RyRS2808A) does not respond normally to sympathetic agonists and does not exhibit heart failure symptoms after myocardial infarction. Studies to confirm and extend these ideas have failed to support the original data. Experiments from many different laboratories have convincingly shown that PKA-mediated RyRS2808 phosphorylation does not play any significant role in the normal sympathetic regulation of sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ release or cardiac contractility. Hearts and myocytes from RyRS2808A mice have been shown to respond normally to sympathetic agonists, and to increase Ca(2+) influx, Ca(2+) transients, and Ca(2+) efflux. Although the RyR is involved in heart failure-related Ca(2+) disturbances, this results from Ca(2+)-calmodulin kinase II and reactive oxygen species-mediated regulation rather than by RyR2808 phosphorylation. Also, a new study has shown that RyRS2808A mice are not protected from myocardial infarction. Collectively, there is now a clear consensus in the published literature showing that dysregulated RyRs contribute to the altered Ca(2+) regulatory phenotype of the failing heart, but PKA-mediated phosphorylation of RyRS2808 has little or no role in these alterations.
    Circulation Research 04/2014; 114(8):1320-7. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.114.300569 · 11.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rationale: Transplantation of stem cells into damaged hearts has had modest success as a treatment for ischemic heart disease. One of the limitations is the poor stem cell survival in the diseased microenvironment. Prolyl hydroxylase domain protein 2 (PHD2) is a cellular oxygen sensor that regulates two key transcription factors involved in cell survival and inflammation, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). Objective: We studied if and how PHD2 silencing in human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) enhances their cardioprotective effects after transplantation into infarcted hearts. Methods and Results: ADSCs were transduced with lentiviral shPHD2 to silence PHD2. ADSCs with or without shPHD2 were transplanted after myocardial infarction (MI) in mice. ADSCs reduced cardiomyocyte apoptosis, fibrosis and infarct size and improved cardiac function. shPHD2-ADSCs exerted significantly more protection. PHD2 silencing induced greater ADSCs survival, which was abolished by shHIF-1α Conditioned medium (CM) from shPHD2-ADSCs decreased cardiomyocyte apoptosis. Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels were significantly higher in the CM of shPHD2-ADSCs versus ADSCs, and depletion of IGF-1 attenuated the cardioprotective effects of shPHD2-ADSCs-CM. NF-κB activation was induced by shPHD2 to induce IGF-1 secretion via binding to IGF-1 gene promoter. Conclusions: PHD2 silencing promotes ADSCs survival in MI hearts and enhances their paracrine function to protect cardiomyocytes. The pro-survival effect of shPHD2 on ADSCs is HIF-1α dependent and the enhanced paracrine function of shPHD2-ADSCs is associated with NF-κB-mediated IGF-1 up-regulation. PHD2 silencing in stem cells may be a novel strategy for enhancing the effectiveness of stem cell therapy after MI.
    Circulation Research 05/2013; 113(3). DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.300929 · 11.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiac- (CSC) and mesenchymal-derived (MSC) CD117+ isolated stem cells improve cardiac function after injury. However, no study has compared the therapeutic benefit of these cells when used autologously. MSCs and CSCs were isolated on day 0. Cardiomyopathy was induced (day 28) by infusion of L-isoproterenol (1,100 ug/kg/hour) from Alzet minipumps for 10 days. Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) was infused via minipumps (50 mg/mL) to identify proliferative cells during the injury phase. Following injury (day 38), autologous CSC (n = 7) and MSC (n = 4) were delivered by intracoronary injection. These animals were compared to those receiving sham injections by echocardiography, invasive hemodynamics, and immunohistochemistry. Fractional shortening improved with CSC (26.9 ± 1.1% vs. 16.1 ± 0.2%, p = 0.01) and MSC (25.1 ± 0.2% vs. 12.1 ± 0.5%, p = 0.01) as compared to shams. MSC were superior to CSC in improving left ventricle end-diastolic (LVED) volume (37.7 ± 3.1% vs. 19.9 ± 9.4%, p = 0.03) and ejection fraction (27.7 ± 0.1% vs. 19.9 ± 0.4%, p = 0.02). LVED pressure was less in MSC (6.3 ± 1.3 mmHg) as compared to CSC (9.3 ± 0.7 mmHg) and sham (13.3 ± 0.7); p = 0.01. LV BrdU+ myocytes were higher in MSC (0.17 ± 0.03%) than CSC (0.09 ± 0.01%) and sham (0.06 ± 01%); p < 0.001. Both CD117+ isolated CSC and MSC therapy improve cardiac function and attenuate pathological remodeling. However, MSC appear to confer additional benefit. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Journal of Surgical Research 02/2013; 179(2):216-217. DOI:10.1016/j.jss.2012.10.389 · 2.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: During sepsis, acute lung injury (ALI) results from activation of innate immune cells and endothelial cells by endotoxins, leading to systemic inflammation through proinflammatory cytokine overproduction, oxidative stress, and intracellular Ca2+ overload. Despite considerable investigation, the underlying molecular mechanism(s) leading to LPS-induced ALI remain elusive. To determine whether stromal interaction molecule 1-dependent (STIM1-dependent) signaling drives endothelial dysfunction in response to LPS, we investigated oxidative and STIM1 signaling of EC-specific Stim1-knockout mice. Here we report that LPS-mediated Ca2+ oscillations are ablated in ECs deficient in Nox2, Stim1, and type II inositol triphosphate receptor (Itpr2). LPS-induced nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) nuclear accumulation was abrogated by either antioxidant supplementation or Ca2+ chelation. Moreover, ECs lacking either Nox2 or Stim1 failed to trigger store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCe) and NFAT nuclear accumulation. LPS-induced vascular permeability changes were reduced in EC-specific Stim1-/- mice, despite elevation of systemic cytokine levels. Additionally, inhibition of STIM1 signaling prevented receptor-interacting protein 3-dependent (RIP3-dependent) EC death. Remarkably, BTP2, a small-molecule calcium release-activated calcium (CRAC) channel blocker administered after insult, halted LPS-induced vascular leakage and pulmonary edema. These results indicate that ROS-driven Ca2+ signaling promotes vascular barrier dysfunction and that the SOCe machinery may provide crucial therapeutic targets to limit sepsis-induced ALI.
    The Journal of clinical investigation 01/2013; 123(2). DOI:10.1172/JCI65647 · 13.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Ca(2+)-sensing stromal interaction molecule (STIM) proteins are crucial Ca(2+) signal coordinators. Cre-lox technology was used to generate smooth muscle (sm)-targeted STIM1-, STIM2-, and double STIM1/STIM2-knockout (KO) mouse models, which reveal the essential role of STIM proteins in Ca(2+) homeostasis and their crucial role in controlling function, growth, and development of smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Compared to Cre(+/-) littermates, sm-STIM1-KO mice showed high mortality (50% by 30 d) and reduced bodyweight. While sm-STIM2-KO was without detectable phenotype, the STIM1/STIM double-KO was perinatally lethal, revealing an essential role of STIM1 partially rescued by STIM2. Vascular and intestinal smooth muscle tissues from sm-STIM1-KO mice developed abnormally with distended, thinned morphology. While depolarization-induced aortic contraction was unchanged in sm-STIM1-KO mice, α(1)-adrenergic-mediated contraction was 26% reduced, and store-dependent contraction almost eliminated. Neointimal formation induced by carotid artery ligation was suppressed by 54%, and in vitro PDGF-induced proliferation was greatly reduced (79%) in sm-STIM1-KO. Notably, the Ca(2+) store-refilling rate in STIM1-KO SMCs was substantially reduced, and sustained PDGF-induced Ca(2+) entry was abolished. This defective Ca(2+) homeostasis prevents PDGF-induced NFAT activation in both contractile and proliferating SMCs. We conclude that STIM1-regulated Ca(2+) homeostasis is crucial for NFAT-mediated transcriptional control required for induction of SMC proliferation, development, and growth responses to injury.-Mancarella, S., Potireddy, S., Wang, Y., Gao, H., Gandhirajan, K., Autieri, M., Scalia, R., Cheng, Z., Wang, H., Madesh, M., Houser, S. R., Gill, D. L. Targeted STIM deletion impairs calcium homeostasis, NFAT activation, and growth of smooth muscle.
    The FASEB Journal 11/2012; 27(3). DOI:10.1096/fj.12-215293 · 5.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) accelerates atherosclerosis and increases inflammatory monocytes (MC) in peripheral tissues. However, its causative role in atherosclerosis is not well established and its effect on vascular inflammation has not been studied. The underlying mechanism is unknown. This study examined the causative role of HHcy in atherogenesis and its effect on inflammatory MC differentiation. We generated a novel HHcy and hyperlipidemia mouse model, in which cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLr) genes were deficient (Ldlr(-/-) Cbs(-/+)). Severe HHcy (plasma homocysteine (Hcy)=275 μmol/L) was induced by a high methionine diet containing sufficient basal levels of B vitamins. Plasma Hcy levels were lowered to 46 μmol/L from 244 μmol/L by vitamin supplementation, which elevated plasma folate levels. Bone marrow (BM)-derived cells were traced by the transplantation of BM cells from enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) transgenic mice after sublethal irradiation of the recipient. HHcy accelerated atherosclerosis and promoted Ly6C(high) inflammatory MC differentiation of both BM and tissue origins in the aortas and peripheral tissues. It also elevated plasma levels of TNF-α, IL-6, and MCP-1; increased vessel wall MC accumulation; and increased macrophage maturation. Hcy-lowering therapy reversed HHcy-induced lesion formation, plasma cytokine increase, and blood and vessel inflammatory MC (Ly6C(high+middle)) accumulation. Plasma Hcy levels were positively correlated with plasma levels of proinflammatory cytokines. In primary mouse splenocytes, L-Hcy promoted rIFNγ-induced inflammatory MC differentiation, as well as increased TNF-α, IL-6, and superoxide anion production in inflammatory MC subsets. Antioxidants and folic acid reversed L-Hcy-induced inflammatory MC differentiation and oxidative stress in inflammatory MC subsets. HHcy causes vessel wall inflammatory MC differentiation and macrophage maturation of both BM and tissue origins, leading to atherosclerosis via an oxidative stress-related mechanism.
    Circulation Research 05/2012; 111(1):37-49. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.112.269472 · 11.09 Impact Factor
  • Steven R Houser
    Circulation Research 03/2012; 110(7):907-9. DOI:10.1161/RES.0b013e3182539d49 · 11.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Necroptosis represents a form of alternative programmed cell death that is dependent on the kinase RIP1. RIP1-dependent necroptotic death manifests as increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in mitochondria and is accompanied by loss of ATP biogenesis and eventual dissipation of mitochondrial membrane potential. Here, we show that tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced necroptosis requires the adaptor proteins FADD and NEMO. FADD was found to mediate formation of the TNF-α-induced pronecrotic RIP1-RIP3 kinase complex, whereas the IκB Kinase (IKK) subunit NEMO appears to function downstream of RIP1-RIP3. Interestingly, loss of RelA potentiated TNF-α-dependent necroptosis, indicating that NEMO regulates necroptosis independently of NF-κB. Using both pharmacologic and genetic approaches, we demonstrate that the overexpression of antioxidants alleviates ROS elevation and necroptosis. Finally, elimination of BAX and BAK or overexpression of Bcl-x(L) protects cells from necroptosis at a later step. These findings provide evidence that mitochondria play an amplifying role in inflammation-induced necroptosis.
    Molecular and Cellular Biology 07/2011; 31(18):3745-58. DOI:10.1128/MCB.05303-11 · 5.04 Impact Factor
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    Steven R Houser
    Circulation Research 06/2010; 106(11):1672-4. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.110.221853 · 11.09 Impact Factor
  • Héctor H Valdivia, Steven R Houser
    Circulation Research 08/2008; 103(1):e12. DOI:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.108.179614 · 11.09 Impact Factor
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    Steven R Houser
    Circulation Research 06/2005; 96(10):1031-2. DOI:10.1161/01.RES.0000168921.55931.63 · 11.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hearts from non-heart-beating organ donors are not transplanted because of risk of ischemia-reperfusion injury. We tested whether pharmacologic pre-conditioning with adenosine and the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger inhibitor, cariporide, combined with controlled reperfusion, would prevent injury in porcine hearts that had sustained 30 minutes of hypoxia/ischemia in closed-chest animals. Hearts from Yorkshire pigs (100 kg) were studied in 3 groups. Group 1 (control) hearts were surgically removed while beating. Group 2 hearts were harvested from animals made hypoxic by discontinuing mechanical ventilation for 30 minutes. Group 3 hearts were hypoxic as in Group 2, but these animals received adenosine (40 mg) and cariporide (400 mg) 10 minutes before stopping ventilation. Cardiac function in all groups was assessed ex vivo in a working heart apparatus in which pressure and flow measurements were made over 3 hours. Controlled reperfusion in Group 3 hearts used leukocyte-depleted blood perfusate containing free radical scavengers. Myocardial injury was assessed on the basis of perfusate creatine phosphokinase activity and histopathologically determined injury score. Groups 1 and 3 hearts could be resuscitated to perform work equivalently during the entire reperfusion period and showed positive responses to increases in pre-load and norepinephrine. Group 2 hearts could not perform work. After 3 hours, Group 2 hearts showed significantly higher creatine phosphokinase and histopathologic injury scores compared to with Groups 1 and 3, which were not significantly different from each other. Pharmacologic pre-conditioning and controlled reperfusion effectively protect non-beating porcine hearts from injury after 30 minutes of hypoxia/ischemia in situ.
    The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 12/2003; 22(11):1234-44. DOI:10.1016/S1053-2498(02)01237-8 · 5.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the failing human heart, altered Ca2+ homeostasis causes contractile dysfunction. Because Ca2+ and Na+ homeostasis are intimately linked through the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger, we compared the regulation of [Na+]i in nonfailing (NF) and failing human myocardium. [Na+]i was measured in SBFI-loaded muscle strips. At slow pacing rates (0.25 Hz, 37 degrees C), isometric force was similar in NF (n=6) and failing (n=12) myocardium (6.4+/-1.2 versus 7.2+/-1.9 mN/mm2), but [Na+]i and diastolic force were greater in failing (22.1+/-2.6 mmol/L and 15.6+/-3.2 mN/mm2) than in NF (15.9+/-3.1 mmol/L and 3.50+/-0.55 mN/mm2; P<0.05) myocardium. In NF hearts, increasing stimulation rates resulted in a parallel increase in force and [Na+]i without changes in diastolic tension. At 2.0 Hz, force increased to 136+/-17% of the basal value (P<0.05), and [Na+]i to 20.5+/-4.2 mmol/L (P<0.05). In contrast, in failing myocardium, force declined to 45+/-3%, whereas [Na+]i increased to 27.4+/-3.2 mmol/L (both P<0.05), in association with significant elevations in diastolic tension. [Na+]i was higher in failing than in NF myocardium at every stimulation rate. [Na+]i predicted in myocytes from Na+ (pipette)-contraction relations was 8.0 mmol/L in NF (n=9) and 12.1 mmol/L in failing (n=57; P<0.05) myocardium at 0.25 Hz. Reverse-mode Na+/Ca2+ exchange induced significant Ca2+ influx in failing but not NF myocytes, compatible with higher [Na+]i in failing myocytes. Na+i homeostasis is altered in failing human myocardium. At slow heart rates, the higher [Na+]i in failing myocardium appears to enhance Ca2+ influx through Na+/Ca2+ exchange and maintain sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) load and force development. At faster rates, failing myocytes with high [Na+]i cannot further increase sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ load and are prone to diastolic Ca2+ overload.
    Circulation 07/2002; 106(4):447-53. DOI:10.1161/01.CIR.0000023042.50192.F4 · 14.95 Impact Factor

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3k Citations
464.20 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 1983–2015
    • Temple University
      • • Department of Physiology
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Section of Cardiology
      Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1988
    • National Institute on Aging
      • Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science (LCS)
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States