Abraham Al Ahmad

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The blood-brain barrier (BBB), consisting of specialized endothelial cells surrounded by astrocytes and pericytes, plays a crucial role in brain homeostasis. Many cerebrovascular diseases are associated with BBB breakdown and oxygen (O(2)) deprivation constitutes a critical factor that onsets its disruption. We investigated the impact of astrocytes and(More)
Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. While most research thus far has focused on acute stroke treatment and neuroprotection, the exploitation of endogenous brain self-repair mechanisms may also yield therapeutic strategies. Here, we describe a distinct type of stroke treatment, the(More)
OBJECTIVES Flavonoids are phenolic compounds found in most edible fruits and vegetables. Previous studies have demonstrated their biological and beneficial effects on human health. However, their bioavailability and, in particular, their intestinal absorption mechanism have not yet been clearly identified. The aim of our work was to quantify and to(More)
PURPOSE Basal-like breast tumors are typically (ER/PR/HER2) triple-negative and are associated with a high incidence of brain metastases and poor clinical outcomes. The molecular chaperone αB-crystallin is predominantly expressed in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and contributes to an aggressive tumor phenotype in preclinical models. We investigated(More)
Understanding regulation of blood-brain barrier (BBB) is crucial to reduce/prevent its disruption during injury. As high brain complexity makes interpretation of in vivo data challenging, BBB studies are frequently performed using simplified in vitro models. However, many models fail to address the three-dimensional (3D) cellular interactions that occur in(More)
Perlecan Domain V (DV) promotes brain angiogenesis by inducing VEGF release from brain endothelial cells (BECs) following stroke. In this study, we define the specific mechanism of DV interaction with the α(5)β(1) integrin, identify the downstream signal transduction pathway, and further investigate the functional significance of resultant VEGF release.(More)
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a cellular barrier formed by specialized brain endothelial cells under the influence of astrocytes and pericytes. Among the several stress factors known to induce BBB breakdown, hypoxia is probably the most represented but also the least understood. Recent evidence of oxidative stress occurring during hypoxia/ischemia(More)
Endostatin (ES), the C-terminal fragment of collagen XVIII known for its anti-angiogenic properties, is associated with neurological diseases in mammals. In this study, we investigated the effect of ES on nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neuronal differentiation, migration, neuritogenesis, and neurite extension. ES partially inhibited PC12 cell(More)
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