Alice A. Kuo

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The endothelium may contribute to fibrinolysis through the binding of plasminogen activators or plasminogen activator inhibitors to the cell surface. Using a solid-phase radioimmunoassay, we observed that antibodies to recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) bound to the surface of cultured(More)
We performed a retrospective cohort study in a largely Latino population in Los Angeles, surveying 95 parents of 11-17 year old girls between May and June 2008 to examine factors associated with [1] parental consent for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunization one year after vaccine implementation and [2] parental support of an HPV vaccine mandate for(More)
The urokinase receptor (uPAR) is linked to plasma membranes through a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor. It has been posited that the GPI anchor facilitates clearance of uPAR-bound complexes between two chain urokinase (tcuPA) and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) by the alpha 2-macroglobulin receptor (alpha 2MR) which permits(More)
Epidemiologists have shown how birth outcomes are generally robust for immigrant Latina mothers, despite often situated in poor households, advanced by their strong prenatal and nutritional practices. But little is known about (1) how these protective factors may differ among Latino subgroups, (2) the extent to which birth outcomes, ongoing maternal(More)
Recent studies indicate that binding of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) to its high-affinity receptor (uPAR) orchestrates uPAR interactions with other cellular components that play a pivotal role in diverse (patho-)physiological processes, including wound healing, angiogenesis, inflammation, and cancer metastasis. However, notwithstanding the(More)
Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) participates in diverse (patho)physiological processes through intracellular signaling events that affect cell adhesion, migration, and proliferation, although the mechanisms by which these occur are only partially understood. Here we report that upon cell binding and internalization, single-chain uPA (scuPA)(More)
The influence of platelets on the cellular metabolism of atherogenic lipoproteins has not been characterized in detail. Therefore, we investigated the effect of platelet factor 4 (PF4), a cationic protein released in high concentration by activated platelets, on the uptake and degradation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) via the LDL receptor (LDL-R).(More)
BACKGROUND The increasing scope of health supervision recommendations challenges well-child care delivery in the United States. Comparison of the United States with other countries' delivery systems may highlight different assumptions as well as structural approaches for consideration. OBJECTIVE Our goal was to describe the process of well-child care(More)
Thrombolytic therapy has not been widely used for pulmonary embolism due to less than optimal results with conventional plasminogen activators. We propose a new approach to deliver plasminogen activators to the luminal surface of the pulmonary vasculature to potentially improve dissolution of pulmonary thromboemboli. Our previous studies have documented(More)
Plasminogen activators (PAs) are used to treat life-threatening thrombosis, but not for thromboprophylaxis because of rapid clearance, risk of bleeding, and central nervous system (CNS) toxicity. We describe a novel strategy that may help to overcome these limitations by targeting a thrombin-activated PA pro-drug to circulating red blood cells (RBCs). We(More)