Edward Ostad

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Methotrexate, a folate antagonist, is a potent antiinflammatory agent when used weekly in low concentrations. We examined the hypothesis that the antiphlogistic effects of methotrexate result from its capacity to promote intracellular accumulation of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide (AICAR) that, under conditions of cell injury, increases local(More)
The complete healing of wounds is the final step in a highly regulated response to injury. Although many of the molecular mediators and cellular events of healing are known, their manipulation for the enhancement and acceleration of wound closure has not proven practical as yet. We and others have established that adenosine is a potent regulator of the(More)
The complete healing of wounds is the final step in a highly regulated response to injury. Although many of the molecular mediators and cellular events of healing are known, their manipulation for the enhancement and acceleration of wound closure has not proven practical as yet. We and others have established that adenosine is a potent regulator of the(More)
In summary, intermittent, low dose methotrexate treatment is: 1.) antiinflammatory in the murine air pouch model of inflammation; 2.) selectively increases intracellular AICAR concentration; 3.) increases adenosine concentration in an inflammatory exudate; and, 4.) inhibits leukocyte accumulation at an inflamed site by a mechanism that is specifically(More)
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