Katherine Sprugel

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To examine the effects of recombinant growth factors in vivo, impaired wound healing was studied in genetically diabetic C57BL/KsJ-db/db mice. Large full-thickness skin wounds made on the backs of these mice exhibited significant delays in the entry of inflammatory cells into the wound, the formation of granulation tissue, and in wound closure when compared(More)
Approximately 30 to 40 percent of atherosclerotic coronary arteries treated by angioplasty or by bypass surgery occlude as a result of restenosis. This restenosis is due principally to the accumulation of neointimal smooth muscle cells, which is also a prominent feature of the advanced lesions of atherosclerosis. The factors responsible for the accumulation(More)
Growth factors secreted by platelets and macrophages may play roles in atherogenesis and in wound repair. The multiple biologic effects of these factors are being studied extensively in vitro, but their roles in vivo are relatively unexplored. The cellular responses to platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF beta), basic(More)
The activity of the c-Mpl ligand hematopoietic progenitors meets criteria expected for thrombopoietin (TPO). Bio-assays have shown that blood TPO levels are inversely related to platelet mass. We sought to identify the molecular basis for this regulation. To determine if TPO mRNA levels respond to platelet demand, RNA from selected organs of mice with high,(More)
Thrombopoietin (TPO), the ligand for the receptor protooncogene c-mpl, has been cloned and shown to be the critical regulator of platelet production. Several features of c-Mpl expression, including its presence on erythroid cell lines, and the panmyeloid transformation characteristic of myeloproliferative leukemia (MPL) viral disease led us to investigate(More)
Thrombopoietin (Tpo), the ligand for the proto-oncogene receptor c-Mpl, increases megakaryocyte size, ploidy, and surface expression of platelet-specific glycoproteins, is inversely related to platelet mass, and is a potent in vivo stimulus of platelet production. However, several features of c-mpl biology, and that of its viral counterpart v-mpl, suggest(More)
To elucidate further the role of the platelet in the development of monocrotaline pyrrole (MCTP)-induced lung injury and pulmonary hypertension, MCTP-treated rats were made thrombocytopenic by cotreatment with an anti-rat platelet serum (PAS). Lung injury was assessed from increases in lung weight, lavage fluid protein concentration, and lactate(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor transfectants of a fibroblastoid cell line (BHK) have been used to investigate the ability of the three dimeric forms of PDGF to elicit a chemotactic response. Cells transfected with the beta receptor subunit were only responsive to PDGF-BB, whereas cells expressing the alpha-receptor subunit were equally(More)
Severe suppression of the hematopoietic system is a major factor in limiting chemotherapy dose escalation. To determine whether a combination of human recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and thrombopoietin (TPO) would alter recovery of platelets, red blood cells (RBCs), or neutrophils after myeloablative therapy, myelosuppressed mice(More)
The recent cloning of thrombopoietin (TPO) has allowed us to study its in vivo effects in normal and myelosuppressed mice. Normal Balb/c mice were treated with recombinant human TPO (hTPO) at doses ranging from 1 to 20 kU for 7 days, and complete blood counts (CBCs) and the number of megakaryocytes in the bone marrow were determined. Platelet counts were(More)