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Tom Tenner

Tom Tenner, Jr PhD

  • Interim Director
  • Professor
  • Assistant Director
Office Phone: 806-743-3010
Mail Address: 3601 4th St Stop 6525
Lubbock TX 79430-0002


Research Interests

Autonomic Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Diabetes Pharmacology

Research activity concerns studying modulatory effects of chronic drug administration or disease states on cardiovascular function. One area involves study of the cardiovascular effects of diabetes mellitus. There are two areas of focus. The first involves the ability of the diabetic state to induce atherosclerosis. The primary goal of this research is to characterize the trigger for vascular proliferation with the atherosclerotic state. The second area involves diabetic-induced alterations in cardiac receptor-adenylyl cyclase systems. The primary goal of this second area involves correlating alterations in chronotropic, inotropic, responses with alterations in receptor density, cyclase coupling, cyclase activity, and calcium utilization. An additional area of research is the study of the ability of PPARgamma ligands (drugs used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes) to induce lipid sequestration in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells. The primary interest of these studies is to determine if these drugs induce phenotypic changes in vascular smooth muscle resembling adipose tissue or foam cell formation.

Areas of interest include:
1. PPARgamma ligand - induced lipid sequestration in cultured VSMC.
2. Diabetes-induced atherogenesis;
3. Role of oxidative stress in the enhanced proliferative response of diabetic VSMC;
4. Diabetes–induced cardiac failure;
5. Hypoglycemic and antioxidant effects of taurine in Type II diabetic patients
6. Propranolol withdrawal-induced supersensitivity;
7. Reserpine-induced supersensitivity;

Selected Publications:

  • Vivo, Rey & Krim, Selim & Perez, Joanne & Inklab, Mahakit & Tenner, Thomas & Hodgson, John November (2008) Digoxin: current use and approach to toxicity. The American journal of the medical sciences, 336, 5, 423-8.
  • Lee, J Rex & Zhang, Xin-Jian & Lin, Bor-Kang & Reigel, Charles & Tenner, Thomas December (2004) Altered inotropic reactivity in diabetic rabbit right ventricular myocardium. Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology, 82, 10, 903-10.
  • Tenner, Thomas & Zhang, Xin Jian & Lombardini, John August (2003) Hypoglycemic effects of taurine in the alloxan-treated rabbit, a model for type 1 diabetes. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 526, 97-104.
  • Chauncey, Katherine & Lombardini, John & Jones, Betsy Goebel & Brooks, Michele & Warner, Ronald & Davis, Randall & Ragain, R Michael & Tenner, Thomas August (2003) The effect of taurine supplementation on patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 526, 91-6.
  • Davis, Randall & Lavine, Christy & Arredondo, Melissa & McMahon, Patrick & Tenner, Thomas December (2002) Differential indicators of diabetes-induced oxidative stress in New Zealand White rabbits: role of dietary vitamin E supplementation. International journal of experimental diabetes research, 3, 3, 185-92.