Blake Nichols

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Phosphorylation-dependent modulation of the vanilloid receptor TRPV1 is one of the key mechanisms mediating the hyperalgesic effects of inflammatory mediators, such as prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)). However, little is known about the molecular organization of the TRPV1 phosphorylation complex and specifically about scaffolding proteins that position the(More)
BACKGROUND Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is widely thought to promote the development of fibrosis in collaboration with transforming growth factor (TGF)-β; however, most of the evidence for its involvement comes from correlative and culture-based studies. In this study, the importance of CTGF in tissue fibrosis was directly examined in three murine(More)
The SMAD-mediated induction of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a fibroproliferative cytokine, by transforming growth factor (TGF)beta is required for the development of sustained fibrosis in humans. Here, we show that in fibroblasts, activation of the Ras/MEK/ERK pathway is required for the SMAD-mediated induction of CTGF by TGFbeta2. We then show(More)
Background: Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is widely thought to promote the development of fibrosis in collaboration with transforming growth factor (TGF)-b; however, most of the evidence for its involvement comes from correlative and culture-based studies. In this study, the importance of CTGF in tissue fibrosis was directly examined in three(More)
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