Aaron Proweller

Learn More
Signaling through Notch receptors in the skin has been implicated in the differentiation, proliferation, and survival of keratinocytes, as well as in the pathogenesis of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). To determine the composite function of Notch receptor-mediated signaling in the skin and overcome potential redundancies between receptors, conditional(More)
The cardiac outflow tract develops as a result of a complex interplay among several cell types, including cardiac neural crest cells, endothelial cells, and cardiomyocytes. In both humans and mice, mutations in components of the Notch signaling pathway result in congenital heart disease characterized by cardiac outflow tract defects. However, the specific(More)
Myocardin (Myocd) is a potent transcriptional coactivator that has been implicated in cardiovascular development and adaptation of the cardiovascular system to hemodynamic stress. To determine the function of myocardin in the developing cardiovascular system, Myocd(F/F)/Wnt1-Cre(+) and Myocd(F/F)/Pax3-Cre(+) mice were generated in which the myocardin gene(More)
Regulation of endothelial cell biology by the Notch signaling pathway (Notch) is essential to vascular development, homeostasis, and sprouting angiogenesis. Although Notch determines cell fate and differentiation in a wide variety of cells, the molecular basis of upstream regulation of Notch remains poorly understood. Our group and others have implicated(More)
The polyadenylate tail of eukaryotic mRNAs is thought to influence various metabolic phenomena including mRNA stability, translation initiation, and nucleo-cytoplasmic transport. We have analyzed the fate of mRNAs following inactivation of poly(A) polymerase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae containing a temperature-sensitive, lethal mutation (pap1-1) in the gene(More)
Notch signaling is essential for vascular patterning and response of the vasculature to injury and growth factor stimulation. Despite these findings, the molecular basis of Notch signaling in the vasculature is poorly understood. Here we report that activation of Notch signaling mediated through members of the HRT family of basic helix-loop-helix(More)
The evolutionarily conserved Notch signaling pathway is required for normal vascular development and function, and genetic associations link select Notch receptors and ligands to human clinical syndromes featuring blood vessel abnormalities and stroke susceptibility. A previously described mouse model engineered to suppress canonical Notch signaling in(More)
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a significant contributor of morbidity in the United States. In humans, suboptimal cerebral collateral circulation within the circle of Willis (CW) predisposes to ischemia and stroke risk in the setting of occlusive carotid artery disease. Unique genes or developmental pathways responsible for proper CW(More)
Notch receptors and ligands mediate heterotypic cell signaling that is required for normal vascular development. Dysregulation of select Notch receptors in mouse vascular smooth muscle (VSM) and in genetic human syndromes causes functional impairment in some regional circulations, the mechanistic basis of which is undefined. In this study, we used a(More)
Poly(A)-binding protein, the most abundant eukaryotic mRNP protein, is known primarily for its association with polyadenylate tails of mRNA. In the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, this protein (Pabp) was found to be essential for viability and has been implicated in models featuring roles in mRNA stability and as an enhancer of translation initiation.(More)