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During the past 20 years, it has become generally accepted that the modulation of fibroblastic cells towards the myofibroblastic phenotype, with acquisition of specialized contractile features, is essential for connective-tissue remodelling during normal and pathological wound healing. Yet the myofibroblast still remains one of the most enigmatic of cells,(More)
A monoclonal antibody (anti-alpha sm-1) recognizing exclusively alpha-smooth muscle actin was selected and characterized after immunization of BALB/c mice with the NH2-terminal synthetic decapeptide of alpha-smooth muscle actin coupled to keyhole limpet hemocyanin. Anti-alpha sm-1 helped in distinguishing smooth muscle cells from fibroblasts in mixed(More)
Myofibroblasts are specialized fibroblasts responsible for granulation tissue contraction and the soft tissue retractions occurring during fibrocontractive diseases. The marker of fibroblast-myofibroblast modulation is the neo expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA), the actin isoform typical of vascular smooth muscle cells that has been(More)
During the healing of an experimental skin wound, epidermal cells and granulation tissue fibroblasts (myofibroblasts) develop an extensive cytoplasmic contactile apparatus. Concurrently, the proportion of epidermal cell surface occupied by gap junctions increases when compared to normal skin, and newly formed gap junctions appear between myofibroblasts;(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGFbeta1), a major promoter of myofibroblast differentiation, induces alpha-smooth muscle (sn) actin, modulates the expression of adhesive receptors, and enhances the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules including ED-A fibronectin (FN), an isoform de novo expressed during wound healing and fibrotic changes. We(More)
The blocking effect of the NH2-terminal decapeptide of alpha-smooth muscle (SM) actin AcEEED-STALVC on the binding of the specific monoclonal antibody anti-alpha SM-1 (Skalli, O., P. Ropraz, A. Trzeviak, G. Benzonana, D. Gillessen, and G. Gabbiani. 1986. J. Cell Biol. 103:2787-2796) was compared with that of synthetic peptides modified by changing the(More)
Emerging evidence suggests that both adult cardiac cell and the cardiac stem/progenitor cell (CSPC) compartments are involved in the patho-physiology of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). We evaluated whether early administration of Resveratrol, a natural antioxidant polyphenolic compound, in addition to improving cardiomyocyte function, exerts a protective(More)
OBJECTIVE Heterogeneous smooth muscle cell (SMC) populations have been described in the arteries of several species. We have investigated whether SMC heterogeneity is present in the porcine coronary artery, which is widely used as a model of restenosis. METHODS AND RESULTS By using 2 isolation methods, distinct medial populations were identified:(More)
Arterial intimal thickening after endothelial injury induced in rodents has proven to be a relatively unreliable model of restenosis for testing clinically useful compounds. The same has been found for cultured rat or rabbit vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs). To test alternative possibilities, we have studied several differentiation features of porcine(More)