Lucas C. Armstrong

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Metaxin, a novel gene located between the glucocerebrosidase and thrombospondin 3 genes in the mouse, is essential for survival of the postimplantation mouse embryo. In this study, the subcellular location, domain structure, and biochemical function of metaxin were investigated. Anti-recombinant metaxin antibodies recognized 35- and 70-kDa proteins in(More)
Thrombospondin (TSP) 2 is a close relative of TSP1 but differs in its temporal and spatial distribution in the mouse. This difference in expression undoubtedly reflects the marked disparity in the DNA sequences of the promoters in the genes encoding the two proteins. The synthesis of TSP2 occurs primarily in connective tissues of the developing and growing(More)
A recently described protein, metaxin 1, serves as a component of a preprotein import complex in the outer membrane of the mammalian mitochondrion. A yeast two-hybrid screen with metaxin 1 as bait has now identified a novel protein, which we have termed metaxin 2, as a metaxin 1-binding protein. Metaxin 2 shares 29% identity with metaxin 1 at the amino acid(More)
Thrombospondins (TSPs) 1 and 2 are matricellular proteins with the well-characterized ability to inhibit angiogenesis in vivo, and the migration and proliferation of cultured microvascular endothelial cells (ECs). Angiogenesis in developing tumors and in various models of wound healing is diminished or delayed by the presence of TSP1 or 2. Sequences within(More)
The association of Bax with mitochondria is an essential step in the implementation of apoptosis. By using a bacterial two-hybrid assay and crosslinking strategies, we have identified TOM22, a component of the translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane (TOM), as a mitochondrial receptor of Bax. Peptide mapping showed that the interaction of Bax with(More)
The gradual disorganization of collagen fibers in the stromal connective tissue of the uterine cervix is characteristic of progressive cervical softening during pregnancy. A lack of thrombospondin (TSP) 2 has been shown to be associated with altered collagen fibril morphology of connective-tissue-rich organs such as skin and tendon. The goal of this study(More)
TSPs 1 and 2 function as endogenous inhibitors of angiogenesis. Although thrombospondins (TSPs) have been shown to induce apoptosis in HMVECs, we reasoned that a homeostatic mechanism would also be needed to inhibit EC growth without causing cell death, e.g., in the maintenance of a normal vascular endothelium. HMVECs, cultured in low serum, responded to(More)
Thrombospondin 2 (TSP2)-null mice, generated by targeted disruption of the Thbs2 gene, display a complex phenotype that is characterized, in part, by a variety of connective tissue abnormalities and increased vascular density in skin and subcutaneous tissues. In this paper we summarize the evidence that TSP2 functions as a matricellular protein to influence(More)
The matricellular protein thrombospondin 2 (TSP2) regulates a variety of cell-matrix interactions. A prominent feature of TSP2-null mice is increased microvascular density, particularly in connective tissues synthesized after injury. We investigated the cellular basis for the regulation of angiogenesis by TSP2 in cultures of murine and human fibroblasts and(More)