Damian Adams

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Wound healing disorders are a therapeutic problem of increasing clinical importance involving substantial morbidity, mortality, and rising health costs. Our studies investigating flightless I (FliI), a highly conserved actin-remodelling protein, now reveal that FliI is an important regulator of wound repair whose manipulation may lead to enhanced wound(More)
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is characterized by cafe-au-lait spots, skinfold freckling, and cutaneous neurofibromas. No obvious relationships between small mutations (<20 bp) of the NF1 gene and a specific phenotype have previously been demonstrated, which suggests that interaction with either unlinked modifying genes and/or the normal NF1 allele may be(More)
BACKGROUND The pathophysiological mechanisms involved in burn injury repair are still not fully understood but include processes involving cellular proliferation, migration and adhesion. The actin cytoskeleton is intricately involved in these key wound repair processes. Flightless I (Flii), an actin-remodelling protein and transcriptional regulator, is an(More)
The tetraspanin CD151 forms complexes in epithelial cell membranes with laminin-binding integrins alpha6beta4, alpha3beta1, and alpha6beta1, and modifies integrin-mediated cell migration in vitro. We demonstrate in this study that CD151 expression is upregulated in a distinct temporal and spatial pattern during wound healing, particularly in the migrating(More)
Impaired wound healing in the elderly presents a major clinical challenge. Understanding the cellular mechanisms behind age-related impaired healing is vital for developing new wound therapies. Here we show that the actin-remodelling protein, Flightless I (FliI) is a contributing factor to the poor healing observed in elderly skin and that gender plays a(More)
Collagen type I serves as an abundant structural and signalling component of skin. It is also an established target gene of the transcription factor, c-Myb. When c-myb-/- embryos were examined it was observed that their skin was markedly thinner than normal. Importantly, immunohistochemical investigation showed complete absence of collagen type I. Although(More)
BACKGROUND A hyaluronic acid-based nasal pack has been shown previously to have a beneficial effect on mucosal healing in a healthy sheep model. However, endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) usually is performed in the presence of infection and inflammation. The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of hyaluronic acid-based nasal packing on mucosal(More)
Donor conception practices in Australia have left thousands of donor-conceived people, their families and gamete donors bereft of information. The lack of a nationally timeline-consistent approach to information access has driven these people to seek support and information from self-help groups, online communities and even their own DNA. This article(More)
Wound healing is an important area of widely unmet medical need, with millions of procedures carried out worldwide which could potentially benefit from a product to improve the wound repair process. Our studies investigating the actin-remodeling protein Flightless I (Flii) show it to be an important regulator of wound healing. Flii-deficient mice have(More)
The gelsolin related actin binding protein, Flii, is able to regulate wound healing; mice with decreased Flii expression show improved wound healing whereas mice with elevated Flii expression exhibit impaired wound healing. In both mice and humans Flii expression increases with age and amelioration of FLII activity represents a possible therapeutic strategy(More)