Kevin M Pumiglia

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Neural stem cells are reported to lie in a vascular niche, but there is no direct evidence for a functional relationship between the stem cells and blood vessel component cells. We show that endothelial cells but not vascular smooth muscle cells release soluble factors that stimulate the self-renewal of neural stem cells, inhibit their differentiation, and(More)
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade plays a crucial role in the transduction of extracellular signals into responses governing growth and differentiation. The effects of a specific inhibitor of the MAPK kinase (MEK)/MAPK pathway (PD98059) on nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced growth arrest and inhibition of cell cycle-dependent kinases (CDKs)(More)
Activation of Src family kinases (SFK) and the subsequent phosphorylation of VE-cadherin have been proposed as major regulatory steps leading to increases in vascular permeability in response to inflammatory mediators and growth factors. To investigate Src signaling in the absence of parallel signaling pathways initiated by growth factors or inflammatory(More)
Experimental evidence suggests that CXCR4, a Gi protein-coupled receptor for the ligand CXCL12/stromal cell-derived factor-1alpha (SDF-1alpha), plays a role in breast cancer metastasis. Transactivation of HER2-neu by G protein-coupled receptor activation has been reported as a ligand-independent mechanism of activating tyrosine kinase receptors. We found(More)
Epithelial cell migration is a crucial event in wound healing, yet little is known about mechanisms whereby integrins regulate epithelial cell polarization and migration. In the present work, we demonstrate the importance of adhesion through the alpha3beta1 integrin in promoting the stabilization of leading lamellipodia in migrating keratinocytes. We(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases facilitate cell migration and tumor invasion through their ability to proteolyse the extracellular matrix. The laminin-binding integrin alpha3beta1 is expressed at high levels in squamous cell carcinomas and in normal keratinocytes during cutaneous wound healing. We showed previously that alpha3beta1 is required for(More)
Angiogenic factors alter endothelial cell phenotype to promote the formation of new blood vessels, a process critical for a number of normal and pathological conditions. Ras is required for the induction of the angiogenic phenotype in response to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). However, VEGF generates many signals, several of which are not(More)
We investigated the role of Ras in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated signal transduction and the promotion of angiogenic changes primary endothelial cells. We find that VEGF potently induces Ras activation and that this step is essential for the stimulation by VEGF of several cellular changes associated with angiogenesis, including(More)
Endothelial cell proliferation is a critical step in angiogenesis and requires a coordinated response to soluble growth factors and the extracellular matrix. As focal adhesion kinase (FAK) integrates signals from both adhesion events and growth factor stimulation, we investigated its role in endothelial cell proliferation. Expression of a dominant-negative(More)
Upon epidermal wounding, keratinocytes at the wound edge become activated, deposit newly synthesized laminin-5 into the extracellular matrix, and migrate into the wound bed. The interaction between integrin alpha3beta1 and laminin-5 is essential for establishment of a stable, leading lamellipodium and persistent keratinocyte migration. We previously showed(More)