Allan Lawrie

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BACKGROUND Restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention remains a serious clinical problem. Progress in local gene therapy to prevent restenosis has been hindered by concerns over the safety and efficacy of viral vectors and the limited efficiency of nonviral techniques. This study investigates the use of adjunctive ultrasound to enhance nonviral(More)
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a heterogeneous condition. To date, no registry data exists reflecting the spectrum of disease across the five diagnostic groups encountered in a specialist referral centre. Data was retrieved for consecutive, treatment-naïve cases diagnosed between 2001 and 2010 using a catheter-based approach. 1,344 patients were enrolled,(More)
Heightened expression of the S100 calcium-binding protein, S100A4/Mts1, is observed in pulmonary vascular disease. Loss of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) receptors or of the serotonin transporter (SERT) attenuates pulmonary hypertension in animals, and polymorphisms causing gain of SERT function are linked to clinical pulmonary vascular disease.(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a life-threatening disease characterized by the progressive narrowing and occlusion of small pulmonary arteries. Current therapies fail to fully reverse this vascular remodeling. Identifying key pathways in disease pathogenesis is therefore required for the development of new-targeted therapeutics. We have previously(More)
Novel therapeutics targeting neutrophilic inflammation are a major unmet clinical need in acute and chronic inflammation. The timely induction of neutrophil apoptosis is critical for inflammation resolution, and it is thought that acceleration of apoptosis may facilitate resolution at inflammatory sites. We previously demonstrated that a death receptor(More)
The phenotype and outcome of severe pulmonary hypertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is described in small numbers, and predictors of survival are unknown. Data was retrieved for 101 consecutive, treatment-naïve cases of pulmonary hypertension in COPD. Mean ± SD follow-up was 2.3 ± 1.9 years. 59 patients with COPD and severe pulmonary(More)
Progress in cardiovascular gene therapy has been hampered by concerns over the safety and practicality of viral vectors and the inefficiency of current nonviral transfection techniques. We have previously reported that ultrasound exposure (USE) enhances transgene expression in vascular cells by up to 10-fold after naked DNA transfection, and enhances(More)
RATIONALE S100A4/Mts1 is implicated in motility of human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (hPASMCs), through an interaction with the RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation end products). OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that S100A4/Mts1-mediated hPASMC motility might be enhanced by loss of function of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) receptor (BMPR)II,(More)
The promise of gene therapy lies in the potential to ameliorate or cure conditions that are resistant to conventional therapeutic approaches. Progress in vascular and all other fields of gene therapy has been hampered by concerns over the safety and practicality of recombinant viral vectors and the inefficiency of current nonviral transfection techniques.(More)
Progressive saphenous vein graft (SVG) narrowing and occlusion remains a major limitation of coronary artery bypass grafting and is an important target for gene therapy. Ex vivo adenoviral gene transfer of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 3 (TIMP-3) reduces adverse SVG remodelling postarterialization, but concerns remain over the use of viral vectors(More)