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Graft arteriopathy, a leading cause of cardiac allograft failure, is associated with increased intimal smooth muscle cells, inflammatory cells, and accumulation of extracellular matrix. We hypothesized that cellular fibronectin plays a pivotal role in the progression of the allograft arteriopathy by directing the transendothelial trafficking of inflammatory(More)
We previously established that increased hyaluronan synthesis in ductus arteriosus (DA) compared with aorta (Ao) endothelial cells (EC) from early gestation fetal lambs (100-d, term = 145 d) is transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta)-dependent. We now address whether this is associated with tissue-specific and developmentally up-regulated expression of(More)
We have related experimentally induced post-cardiac transplant coronary arteriopathy to increased elastolytic activity, IL-1beta, fibronectin-mediated inflammatory and smooth muscle cell (SMC) migration, and SMC proliferation. Since our in vitro studies show that a serine elastase releases SMC mitogens and facilitates IL-lbeta induction of fibronectin, we(More)
Intimal cushions form in the fetal ductus arteriosus by fibronectin-dependent smooth muscle cell migration which is associated with greater efficiency of fibronectin mRNA translation. We investigated whether the AU-rich element (ARE), UUAUUUAU, in the 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of fibronectin mRNA is involved in this mechanism by transfecting smooth(More)
In previous studies, we showed that induction of pulmonary artery (PA) smooth muscle cell (SMC) elastase activity by serum-treated elastin (STE) requires DNA transcription. We therefore used differential mRNA display to identify transcripts expressed coincident with elastase induction. Twenty-four individual transcripts were differentially expressed from a(More)
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