Erin Yund Harmon

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BACKGROUND Stroke, caused by carotid plaque rupture, is a major cause of death in the United States. Whereas vulnerable human plaques have higher Fc receptor (FcγR) expression than their stable counterparts, how FcγR expression impacts plaque histology is unknown. We investigated the role of FcγRIIb in carotid plaque development and stability in(More)
BACKGROUND Missense mutations in AHI1 result in the neurodevelopmental ciliopathy called Joubert syndrome. RESULTS Mutations in AHI1 decrease cilia formation, alter its localization and stability, and change its binding to HAP1 and NPHP1. CONCLUSION Mutations in AHI1 affect ciliogenesis, AHI1 protein localization, and AHI1-protein interactions. (More)
OBJECTIVE Abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) are the key events in the progression of neointima formation in response to vascular injury. The goal of this study is to investigate the functional role of a potent oncogene yes-associated protein (YAP) in SM phenotypic modulation in vitro and in vivo. METHODS AND(More)
Serum response factor (SRF) plays a central role in regulating expression of smooth muscle-specific genes partly by associating with the potent tissue-specific cofactor myocardin. Previous studies have shown that transforming growth factor-β1-induced transcript 1 (TGFB1I1, also known as Hic-5) is a TGF-β-responsive gene and is involved in the cellular(More)
OBJECTIVE Fcγ receptors (FcγRs) are classified as activating (FcγRI, III, and IV) and inhibitory (FcγRII) receptors. We have reported that deletion of activating FcγRs in apolipoprotein E (apoE) single knockout mice attenuated atherosclerosis. In this report, we investigated the hypothesis that deficiency of inhibitory FcγRIIb exacerbates atherosclerosis.(More)
Atherosclerosis is responsible for the death of thousands of Americans each year. The carotid constriction model of plaque development has recently been presented as a model for unstable plaque formation in mice. In this study we 1) validate ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) for the determination of carotid plaque size, percent stenosis, and plaque development(More)
Currently, it is unknown how the mechanical properties of electrospun fibers, and the presentation of surface nanotopography influence macrophage gene expression and protein production. By further elucidating how specific fiber properties (mechanical properties or surface properties) alter macrophage behavior, it may be possible to create electrospun fiber(More)
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