Elena Swartz

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Despite intense interest in understanding the differentiation of vascular smooth muscle, very little is known about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that control differentiation of this cell type. Progress in this field has been hampered by the lack of an inducible in vitro system for study of the early steps of smooth muscle differentiation. In this(More)
The objective of the present study was to examine the molecular mechanisms whereby angiotensin II (Ang II) stimulates smooth muscle (SM) alpha-actin expression in rat aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Nuclear run-on analysis and transfection studies indicated that the effects of Ang II on SM alpha-actin were mediated at least in part at the transcriptional(More)
The psychological autopsy is an important assessment tool used to identify aspects of a person's life that explain any lingering mystery that shrouds their death. In addition to answering questions of the past, the psychological autopsy has significant implications for the future. Statistics obtained from mortality data affect the course of health care(More)
Transcriptional activity of the smooth muscle (SM) alpha-actin gene is differentially regulated in SM vs. non-SM cells. Contained within the rat SM alpha-actin promoter are two MCAT motifs, binding sites for transcription enhancer factor 1 (TEF-1) transcriptional factors implicated in the regulation of many muscle-specific genes. Transfections of SM(More)
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