Carol Horzempa

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Previous studies have demonstrated that the alpha v beta 5 integrin receptor functions in the endocytosis and degradation of matrix-bound vitronectin by human skin fibroblasts (Panetti, T. S., and McKeown-Longo, P. J. (1993) J. Biol. Chem. 268, 11988-11993; Panetti, T. S., and McKeown-Longo, P. J. (1993) J. Biol. Chem. 268, 11492-11495). These earlier(More)
Fibronectin is a critical component of the extracellular matrix and alterations to its structure will influence cellular behavior. Matrix fibronectin is subjected to both mechanical and biochemical regulation. The Type III domains of fibronectin can be unfolded in response to increased cellular contractility, included or excluded from the molecule by(More)
Recent studies have pointed to changes in tissue mechanics as a contributory element to the development of malignancies. Increased tissue rigidity is associated with the unfolding of the Type III domains of fibronectin within the extracellular matrix. The consequences of this unfolding on cellular functions within the lung are not well understood. In the(More)
Fibronectin is a mechanically sensitive protein which is organized in the extracellular matrix as a network of interacting fibrils. The lung tumor stroma is enriched for fibronectin which is thought to contribute to metastasis and drug resistance. Fibronectin is an elastic, multi-modular protein made up of individually folded domains, some of which can(More)
Objective: Dysfunctional remodeling of the extracellular matrix contributes to the formation of TLR-dependent feed forward loops that drive chronic inflammation. We have previously shown that two Type III domains of Fibronectin, FnEDA and FnIII-1c, cooperate to induce the synergistic release of interleukin 8 (IL-8) from dermal fibroblasts. We now identify(More)
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