Alejandra Torres

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Matrix GLA protein (MGP) is expressed in endothelial cells (EC), and MGP deficiency results in developmental defects suggesting involvement in EC function. To determine the role of MGP in EC, we cultured bovine aortic EC with increasing concentrations of human MGP (hMGP) for 24 h. The results showed increased proliferation, migration, tube formation, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Activin-like kinase receptor 1 (ALK1) is a transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta type I receptor expressed in vascular mesenchyme, yet its function in vascular mesenchymal cells (VMC) is unclear. We examined ALK1 expression in human coronary atherosclerotic lesions and bovine and human VMC undergoing cellular condensation in vitro. We also(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, we aimed to determine the feasibility of identifying CTCs in patients with HRLPC, using a modified isolation procedure using the CellSearch (Veridex) platform, and to assess the expression of stem cell and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) markers on the CTCs. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-five patients with HRLPC who had(More)
Three polyclonal antibodies raised against Paraurostyla sp. cyst wall polypeptides of molecular weight 110,000 (p110), 66,000 (p66) and 52,000 (p52) have been obtained. The specificity of the antisera was tested by immunoblotting. Anti-p110 antibody detected five bands of 300, 170, 135, 110 and 40 kDa, respectively. Antiserum obtained against p66 recognized(More)
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