Kimberly M. Lutu-Fuga

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Integrin alphanubeta3 is found on a subset of tumor blood vessels where it is associated with angiogenesis and malignant tumor growth. We designed an alphanubeta3-targeted nanoparticle (NP) encapsulating the cytotoxic drug doxorubicin (Dox) for targeted drug delivery to the alphanubeta3-expressing tumor vasculature. We observed real-time targeting of this(More)
Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) plays a critical role during vascular development because knockout of FAK in endothelial cells (ECs) is embryonic lethal. Surprisingly, tamoxifen-inducible conditional knockout of FAK in adult blood vessels (inducible EC-specific FAK knockout [i-EC-FAK-KO]) produces no vascular phenotype, and these animals are capable of(More)
In the developing myocardium, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-dependent neovascularization occurs by division of existing vessels, a process that persists for several weeks following birth. During this remodeling phase, mRNA expression of beta3 integrin in the heart decreases significantly as vessel maturation progresses. However, in male mice(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Acute liver failure (ALF) is frequently complicated by cerebral oedema, systemic inflammation and multiorgan dysfunction. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) may stimulate liver regeneration but it can also be pro-inflammatory, activating endothelial cells and increasing permeability, actions mediated through Src kinase signalling.(More)
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