Mary A. Forget

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Ethanol exposure in airway epithelium increases cyclic AMP (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase (PKA) activity. Activation of PKA and cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-dependent protein kinase (PKG) has been shown to increase ciliary beat frequency (CBF) in bovine bronchial epithelial cells (BBECs). We have shown that biologically relevant concentrations of(More)
Previously, we have shown that the ATPase-dependent motion of cilia in bovine bronchial epithelial cells (BBEC) can be regulated through the cyclic nucleotides, cAMP via the cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) and cGMP via the cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG). Both cyclic nucleotides cause an increase in cilia beat frequency (CBF). We hypothesized that(More)
Previously, we have shown that ethanol (EtOH) stimulates a rapid increase in the ciliary beat frequency (CBF) of bovine bronchial epithelial cells (BBECs) via the activation of PKA. We have also shown that inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase block EtOH-stimulated increases in CBF. We hypothesize that EtOH acutely stimulates CBF via the activation of both(More)
Mucociliary clearance is a critical host defense that protects the lung. The mechanisms by which mucociliary function is altered by inflammation are poorly defined. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke decreases ciliary beating and interferes with proper airway clearance. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from smokers and ex-smokers has increased amounts of(More)
Relaxin is an insulin-like serum protein secreted during pregnancy and found in many tissues, including the lung. Relaxin is reported to stimulate epithelial cell proliferation, but the effects of relaxin on airway epithelium are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that relaxin would stimulate the increased migration of bronchial epithelial cells (BEC) in(More)
Reports demonstrate the role of M-CSF (CSF1) in tumor progression in mouse models as well as the prognostic value of macrophage numbers in breast cancer patients. Recently, a subset of CD14+ monocytes expressing the Tie2 receptor, once thought to be predominantly expressed on endothelial cells, has been characterized. We hypothesized that increased levels(More)
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