Lucas C. Armstrong

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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)
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)
Nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco products, is an agonist at nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in the brain. The subtypes of nAChR are defined by their α- and β-subunit composition. The α6β2β3 nAChR subtype is expressed in terminals of dopaminergic neurons that project to the nucleus accumbens and striatum and modulate dopamine release(More)
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-31) gave the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the responsibility for regulating tobacco products. Nicotine is the primary addictive component of tobacco and its effects can be modulated by additional ingredients in manufactured products. Nicotine acts by mimicking the(More)
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