Courtney E Leik

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A simple and economical technique was developed to isolate and culture human arterial smooth muscle cells from chorionic plate vessels. Placentas from healthy women were collected at the time of term delivery. Chorionic plate arteries were identified, excised, and cut into small pieces. An explant technique was used to grow cultures of placental arterial(More)
OBJECTIVE The effect of a novel small molecule plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) inhibitor on adipose tissue physiology was investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS In human preadipocyte cultures, PAI-039 inhibited both basal and glucose-stimulated increases in active PAI-1 antigen, yet had no effect on PAI-1 mRNA, suggesting a direct inactivation of(More)
We examined if there is systemic vascular inflammation and neutrophil infiltration in women with preeclampsia. Resistance-sized vessels (10 to 200 microm) of subcutaneous fat were evaluated from normal nonpregnant women, normal pregnant women, and preeclamptic women. Immunohistochemical staining was performed for: (1) interleukin-8 (IL-8), a potent(More)
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