Donald Petersen

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BACKGROUND Many growth factors, such as bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2, have been shown to interact with polymers of sulfated disacharrides known as heparan sulfate (HS) glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are found on matrix and cell-surface proteoglycans throughout the body. HS GAGs, and some more highly sulfated forms of chondroitin sulfate (CS),(More)
The identification and characterization of estrogen regulated genes in reproductive tissues is an important step in understanding estrogen's mechanism of action in sexual development and neoplasia. It is also important, given the clinical interest, to evaluate the molecular effects of estrogen agonists/antagonists such as tamoxifen and droloxifene in(More)
The role of the homeobox gene HOXA5 in normal human hematopoiesis was studied by constitutively expressing the HOXA5 cDNA in CD34(+) and CD34(+)CD38(-) cells from bone marrow and cord blood. By using retroviral vectors that contained both HOXA5 and a cell surface marker gene, pure populations of progenitors that expressed the transgene were obtained for(More)
The gene encoding parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP), an autocrine/paracrine inhibitor of vascular and nonvascular smooth muscle contractility, is regulated by hormonal steroids including estrogens (E2), 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D (Vit D3) and glucocorticoids. While E2 increases PTHrP gene expression, Vit D3 and glucocorticoids inhibit(More)
The molecular and cellular mechanism of estrogen action in skeletal tissue remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to understand the role of estrogen receptor-beta, (ERbeta) on cortical and cancellous bone during growth and aging by comparing the bone phenotype of 6- and 13-month-old female mice with or without ERbeta. Groups of 11-14 wild-type (WT)(More)
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