Jamie P. Levine

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BACKGROUND The recent discovery of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) has altered our understanding of new blood vessel growth such as occurs during collateral formation. Because diabetic complications occur in conditions in which EPC contributions have been demonstrated, EPC dysfunction may be important in their pathophysiology. METHODS AND(More)
The complete healing of wounds is the final step in a highly regulated response to injury. Although many of the molecular mediators and cellular events of healing are known, their manipulation for the enhancement and acceleration of wound closure has not proven practical as yet. We and others have established that adenosine is a potent regulator of the(More)
The biology underlying craniosynostosis remains unknown. Previous studies have shown that the underlying dura mater, not the suture itself, signals a suture to fuse. The purpose of this study was to develop an in vitro model for cranial-suture fusion that would still allow for suture-dura interaction, but without the influence of tensional forces(More)
The influence of dura mater on adjacent cranial sutures is significant. By better understanding the mechanisms of normal suture fusion and the role of the dura mater, it may be possible to delineate the events responsible for the premature suture fusion seen in craniosynostosis. In the Sprague-Dawley rat, the posterior frontal suture normally fuses between(More)
The biology underlying normal and premature cranial suture fusion remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of the dura mater in cranial suture fusion. In the Sprague Dawley rat model, the posterior frontal cranial suture fuses between 10 and 20 days of postnatal life. The effect of separating the posterior frontal cranial(More)
OBJECTIVE Progenitor cells (PCs) contribute to postnatal neovascularization and tissue repair. Here, we explore the mechanism contributing to decreased diabetic circulating PC number and propose a novel treatment to restore circulating PC number, peripheral neovascularization, and tissue healing. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Cutaneous wounds were created(More)
The biology underlying normal and premature cranial suture fusion remains unknown. To develop a model for normal cranial suture fusion, the temporal sequence of the posterior frontal cranial suture fusion in the mouse was determined. To do this, all the cranial sutures of three distinct strains of mice (CD-1, CF-1, and C57bl-6) were studied histologically(More)
Craniosynostosis results in alterations in craniofacial growth that create cosmetic abnormalities and functional deficits, yet the biology underlying cranial suture fusion remains unknown. The purpose of the present study was to show that regional dura mater can induce suture fusion while in an organ culture system in cranial sutures programmed to remain(More)
Plagiocephaly is a term commonly used to describe congenital forehead asymmetry. Previous classification systems based on the various etiologies of dysmorphic crania have been used in an effort to categorize the patients into groups and to assist in treatment planning. The system most commonly used today was described by Bruneteau and Mulliken in 1992. The(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are potent antigen-presenting cells that are essential for the initiation of T cell-mediated immunity. DCs develop from myeloid progenitor populations under the influence of granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and pass through an intermediate stage of maturation that is characterized by CD14 expression. Interest(More)