Lauren Synenki

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TGF-β signaling is required for normal tissue repair; however, excessive TGF-β signaling can lead to robust profibrotic gene expression in fibroblasts, resulting in tissue fibrosis. TGF-β binds to cell-surface receptors, resulting in the phosphorylation of the Smad family of transcription factors to initiate gene expression. TGF-β also initiates(More)
OBJECTIVE Myofibroblasts express alpha-smooth muscle actin (alphaSMA), are important in tissue repair, and are present in the early phase of acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS). We wished to determine whether bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from ALI/ARDS patients can induce myofibroblast differentiation and if this induction(More)
OBJECTIVE Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) is expressed primarily by fibroblasts, is important for alveolar epithelial proliferation/function, and protects against lung injury in multiple animal models. We wished to determine whether acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) alveolar fluid induces KGF and fibroblast genes important(More)
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