Marie-Hélène Prandini

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BACKGROUND Angiogenesis assays are important tools for the identification of regulatory molecules and the potential development of therapeutic strategies to modulate neovascularization. Although numerous in vitro angiogenesis models have been developed in the past, they exhibit limitations since they do not recapitulate the entire angiogenic process or(More)
Protocadherin 12 protein (PCDH12, VE-cadherin 2) is a cell adhesion molecule that has been isolated from endothelial cells. Here, we have used Northern and Western blots, immunohistology, and flow cytometry to examine the distribution of PCDH12 in mouse tissues. It is an N-glycosylated protein of 150-kDa mass. In the endothelium, PCDH12 immunoreactivity was(More)
Adherens junctions are required for vascular endothelium integrity. These structures are formed by the clustering of the homophilic adhesive protein VE-cadherin, which recruits intracellular partners, such as β- and α-catenins, vinculin, and actin filaments. The dogma according to which α-catenin bridges cadherin·β-catenin complexes to the actin(More)
Vascular endothelial (VE)-cadherin is exclusively expressed at interendothelial junctions of normal and tumour vessels. In this report, we characterized the transcriptional activity of the human VE-cadherin promoter. Transient transfection assays revealed that sequences at positions --1135/-744 and -166/-5 base pairs are critical for promoter activity in(More)
Protocadherins are a group of transmembrane proteins with homophilic binding activity, members of the cadherin superfamily. Apart from their role in adhesion, the cellular functions of protocadherins are essentially unknown. Protocadherin (PCDH)12 was previously identified in invasive trophoblasts and endothelial and mesangial cells in the mouse.(More)
Protocadherins are transmembrane proteins exhibiting homophilic adhesive activities through their extracellular domain. Protocadherin 12 (Pcdh12) is expressed in angiogenic endothelial cells, mesangial cells of kidney glomeruli, and glycogen cells of the mouse placenta. To get insight into the role of this protein in vivo, we analyzed PCDH12-deficient mice(More)
The lymphatic vasculature is essential for the maintenance of tissue fluid, immune surveillance, and dissemination of metastasis. Recently, several models for lymphatic vascular research and markers specific for lymphatic endothelium have been characterized. Despite these significant achievements, our understanding of the early lymphatic development is(More)
During embryogenesis, the formation of blood vessels proceeds by both vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. Both processes appear to be finely regulated. To date, factors and genes involved in the negative regulation of embryonic vasculogenesis remain largely unknown. Angiostatin is a proteolytic fragment of plasminogen that acts as an inhibitor of angiogenesis.(More)
Protocadherins are transmembrane proteins exhibiting homophilic adhesive activities through their extracellular domain. Pcdh12 is expressed in angiogenic endothelial cells, mesangial cells of kidney glomeruli and glycogen cells of the mouse placenta. To get insights into the role of this protein in vivo, we analyzed PCDH12-deficient mice and investigated(More)