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Extracellular matrix (ECM) and growth factors are potent regulators of cell phenotype. These biological mediators of cellular responses are potentially interactive and as such could drive cells through progressive phenotypes to create new tissue as in morphogenesis and wound repair. In fact, ECM composition changes during tissue formation accompanied by(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) stimulates fibroblasts to move over collagen and contract three-dimensional collagen gels, processes important in wound repair and fibrocontractive diseases. These processes depend on alpha 2 beta 1 integrin ligation of collagen and PDGF induces the expression of this integrin. Several lines of evidence presented here(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cells lacking the ATM (ataxia telangectasia mutated) gene are hypersensitive to DNA damage caused by a variety of insults. ATM may regulate oxidative stress-induced signaling cascades involving nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB), a transcription factor that is upstream of a wide variety of stress-responsive genes. We investigated the(More)
The pathological hallmark of Alzheimer disease is the senile plaque principally composed of tightly aggregated amyloid-beta fibrils (fAbeta), which are thought to be resistant to degradation and clearance. In this study, we explored whether proteases capable of degrading soluble Abeta (sAbeta) could degrade fAbeta as well. We demonstrate that matrix(More)
It has been postulated that the development of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease (AD) may result from an imbalance between the generation and clearance of the amyloid-beta peptide (Abeta). Although familial AD appears to be caused by Abeta overproduction, sporadic AD (the most prevalent form) may result from impairment in clearance. Recent evidence(More)
Although mRNA expression of group IIA secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2-IIA) has been implicated in responses to injury in the CNS, information on protein expression remains unclear. In this study, we investigated temporal and spatial expression of sPLA2-IIA mRNA and immunoreactivity in transient focal cerebral ischemia induced in rats by occlusion of the(More)
A three-dimensional collagen lattice can provide skin fibroblasts with a cell culture environment that simulates normal dermis. Such a collagen matrix environment regulates interstitial collagenase (type I metalloproteinase [MMP-1], collagenase-1) and collagen receptor alpha2 subunit mRNA expression in both unstimulated or platelet-derived growth(More)
Amyloid-beta peptide (Abeta)-induced death in cerebral endothelial cells (CECs) is preceded by mitochondrial dysfunction and signaling events characteristic of apoptosis. Mitochondria-dependent apoptosis engages Bcl-2 family proteins, especially the BH3-only homologues, which play a key role in initiating the apoptotic cascade. Here, we report that the(More)
Growing evidence suggests that cells undergo apoptosis after spinal cord injury (SCI). However, little is known about the early events that trigger apoptosis in the contused cord. The BH3-only subfamily of pro-apoptotic regulators (e.g., bim, bad, and dp5) is recognized as initiators of the apoptotic cascade, and is subject to stringent control, both at the(More)
Dexamethasone (DX) induces apoptosis resistance in most solid malignant tumors during co-treatment with chemotherapy agents, such as camptothecin (CAM). In this study, we investigated the mechanism by which DX reduces chemotherapy efficiency in C6-glioma. DX reduced CAM-increased DNA fragmentation and caspase-3 activation. The DX's protection was negated by(More)