Christopher D. Major

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Clinically, there is a great need for small molecule inhibitors that could control pathogenic effects of transforming growth factor (TGF-beta) and/or modulate effects of TGF-beta in normal responses. Inhibition of TGF-beta signaling would be predicted to enhance re-epithelialization of cutaneous wounds and reduce scarring fibrosis. Selective small molecule(More)
It is well appreciated that thrombin as well as other proteases can act as signaling molecules that specifically regulate cells by cleaving and activating members of a novel class of protease-activated receptors (PARs). The utility of gene knockout strategies to define and better comprehend the physiological role of specific proteins is perhaps best(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta regulates many aspects of wound repair including inflammation, chemotaxis, and deposition of extracellular matrix. We previously showed that epithelialization of incisional wounds is accelerated in mice null for Smad3, a key cytoplasmic mediator of TGF-beta signaling. Here, we investigated the effects of loss of Smad3(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory and fibrotic diseases, including radiation-induced fibrosis. We previously reported that mice null for Smad3, a key downstream mediator of TGF-beta, show accelerated healing of cutaneous incisional wounds with reduced inflammation and accumulation of matrix.(More)
It is well appreciated that thrombin as well as other proteases can act as signaling molecules that specifically regulate cells by cleaving and activating members of a novel class of protease-activated receptors (PARs). The utility of gene knockout strategies to define and better comprehend the physiological role of specific proteins is perhaps best(More)
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