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PURPOSE Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), a key regulator of immune and inflammatory responses, plays important roles in diabetes-induced microvascular complications including diabetic retinopathy (DR). Thrombin activates NF-κB through protease-activated receptor (PAR)-1, a member of the G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily, and contributes to DR. The(More)
Increased vascular permeability causes pulmonary edema that impairs arterial oxygenation and thus contributes to morbidity and mortality associated with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and sepsis. Although components of intercellular adhesive and tight junctions are critical for maintaining the endothelial barrier, there has been limited study of the(More)
Excessive mechanical ventilation exerts pathologic mechanical strain on lung vascular endothelium and promotes endothelial cell (EC) inflammatory activation; however, the specific mechanisms underlying EC inflammatory response caused by mechanical ventilation related cyclic stretch (CS) remain unclear. This study investigated the effects of chronic exposure(More)
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