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The Abstract should start on the next page. Insert a page break after the last entry on the title page.

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Angiotensin II-induced Hypertension and Cardiac Hypertrophy are Differentially Mediated by TLR3- and TLR4-dependent Pathways

Madhu V. Singh1, Michael Z. Cicha1, Sarah Nunez1, David K. Meyerholz2, Mark W. Chapleau1,3,4, Francois M. Abboud1,3

University of Iowa 1Department of Internal Medicine, Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center, 2Department of Pathology, 3Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and 4Iowa City VA Health Care System

Please address all correspondence to:

            Madhu V. Singh, PhD
            University of Iowa
            Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology
            200 Hawkins Dr., 610 MRC
            Iowa City, IA 52242
            phone: 319-335-7706