Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Manzaneque

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METH-1/ADAMTS1 is a member of a newly described family of genes that contain metalloprotease, disintegrin, and thrombospondin-like motifs. We have recently shown that METH-1 protein is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis. Here, we demonstrate that secreted human pro-METH-1 is processed in two consecutive steps to release both p87 and p65 active forms. The(More)
Growth of tumors and metastasis are processes known to require neovascularization. To ascertain the participation of the endogenous angiogenic inhibitor thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) in tumor progression, we generated mammary tumor-prone mice that either lack, or specifically overexpress, TSP1 in the mammary gland. Tumor burden and vasculature were significantly(More)
Down's syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder caused by full or partial trisomy of human chromosome 21 and presents with many clinical phenotypes including a reduced incidence of solid tumours. Recent work with the Ts65Dn model of DS, which has orthologues of about 50% of the genes on chromosome 21 (Hsa21), has indicated that three copies of the ETS2 (ref. 3)(More)
Metastasis is a sequential process that allows cells to move from the primary tumor and grow elsewhere. Because of their ability to cleave a variety of extracellular signaling and adhesion molecules, metalloproteases have been long considered key components of the metastatic program. However, the function of certain metalloproteases, such as ADAMTS1, is not(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a reliable method for the isolation and longterm culture of microvessel endothelial cells from human endometrium and to evaluate their response to angiogenic growth factors and steroid hormones in comparison to endothelial cells derived from other organs. METHODS Endometrial tissue from hysterectomy specimens were digested(More)
The use of steroid hormones in postmenopausal replacement therapy has been associated with prevention of cardiovascular disease. Although the contribution of estradiol to endothelial cell function has been addressed, little information is available on the effect of progestins on this cell type. Here, we provide direct evidence for the presence of functional(More)
ADAMTS1 is an extracellular metalloproteinase known to participate in a variety of biological processes that includes inflammation, angiogenesis, and development of the urogenital system. Many of its functions rely on its catalytic activity, which thus far has been limited to the cleavage of the matrix proteoglycans aggrecan and versican. However, it is(More)
The MLL-AF4 fusion gene is a hallmark genomic aberration in high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in infants. Although it is well established that MLL-AF4 arises prenatally during human development, its effects on hematopoietic development in utero remain unexplored. We have created a human-specific cellular system to study early hemato-endothelial(More)
ADAMTS1 is a secreted protein that belongs to the recently described ADAMTS (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin repeats) family of proteases. Evaluation of ADAMTS1 catalytic activity on a panel of extracellular matrix proteins showed a restrictive substrate specificity which includes some proteoglycans. Our results demonstrated that human(More)
GLUT1 and GLUT4 glucose transporter expression is highly regulated in muscle and adipose tissue during perinatal life. Here we have investigated the role of thyroid hormones in the regulation of GLUT4 induction and GLUT1 repression associated to neonatal development. Perinatal hypothyroidism markedly impaired GLUT4 protein induction in heart. This effect(More)