Brooke Barrick

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Leukocytes express a number of proteinases which play critical roles in physiologic processes during wound healing. However, if the activity of these proteinases is uncontrolled, they can contribute to devastating tissue injury that can affect most organ systems. Until recently, little was known about the mechanisms by which leukocytes retain the activity(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 secreted by activated polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) may play roles in mediating lung injury by degrading extracellular matrix proteins. However, the mechanisms by which MMP-9 retains activity in the presence of tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) are not known. We show that MMP-9 is also expressed on the(More)
We determined whether: (1) an acute lipid infusion impairs skeletal muscle AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)α2 activity, increases inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and causes peripheral insulin resistance in conscious, unstressed, lean mice; and (2) restoration of AMPKα2 activity during the lipid infusion attenuates the increase in iNOS and reverses(More)
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