Gregory C Sephel

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Before capillaries sprout to form new vessels in a wound, the endothelial cells are sequestered from the surrounding stromal or provisional matrix by a well organized protein envelope called the basement membrane (BM). After breaching the BM, endothelial cells are exposed to the wound provisional matrix and begin to migrate and proliferate. Endothelial(More)
Elastin synthesis is initiated in many organs during the latter part of fetal development. By birth, accumulation of elastin in elastic fibers accounts in large part for the integrity and resilience of skin, blood vessels, and lungs. Developmental studies in several connective tissues of nonhuman vertebrates indicate that elastin synthesis is rapidly(More)
Recent studies have established that cultured human skin fibroblasts secrete the soluble precursor of elastin, tropoelastin (TE). The present studies evaluate, by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, the stability of the TE phenotype and the effect of culture conditions and donor age on TE accumulation by human skin fibroblasts. Tropoelastin was maximally(More)
Atrophoderma is a rare dermal disorder characterized by a patchy distribution of areas apparently devoid of elastic fibers. Skin fibroblast cultures were established from the normal and affected dermis of a patient with this disorder. Human tropoelastin was identified in culture medium by use of electroblotting and anti-elastin antisera. An enzyme-linked(More)
We seek to improve existing methodologies for allogenic grafting of pancreatic islets. The lack of success of encapsulated transplanted islets inside the peritoneal cavity is presently attributed to poor vascularization of the implant. A thick, fibrotic capsule often surrounds the graft, limiting survival. We have tested the hypothesis that(More)
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria is a unique, rare disease with markedly accelerated aging. The average lifespan of affected individuals is 12 years. Although the biochemical basis of the syndrome is unknown, its influence appears to be primarily upon mesodermal tissues. Characteristics such as the altered appearance of the skin and the extensive and fatal(More)
OBJECTIVES To perform long-term comparison between laboratory Stago and Point-of-Care (POC) i-STAT methods for determining the international normalized ratio (INR). METHODS This was a multicenter method comparison of patient INR results and factors related to performance variance. RESULTS For 5 years, the assays demonstrated close patient correlation(More)