Nadia Abdel-Wahab

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Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is now considered to be one of the important driver molecules for the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN) and possibly many other fibrotic disorders. However, the molecular mechanisms by which CTGF functions remain to be established. In an attempt to define these mechanisms, this study was designed to investigate(More)
Members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) family transduce signals through Smad proteins. Smad signaling can be regulated by the Ras/Erk/mitogen-activated protein pathway in response to receptor tyrosine kinase activation and the gamma interferon pathway and also by the functional interaction of Smad2 with Ca(2+)-calmodulin. Here we report(More)
Benzene dioxygenase, catalyzing the oxidation of benzene to cis-1,2-dihydroxy-cyclohexa-3,5-diene, comprises four polypeptides that are encoded by plasmid pHMT112 of Pseudomonas putida ML2. In this study, the nucleotide (nt) sequences of four genes encoding this enzyme (bedC1C2BA) were determined, and the amino acid (aa) sequences were deduced. The sequence(More)
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta) is a key mediator of extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation in sclerotic kidney diseases such as diabetic nephropathy. One of the main target cells for TGFbeta in the kidney are glomerular mesangial cells, which respond by increasing expression of ECM proteins, such as collagens, laminin and fibronectin, while(More)
OvB20 is an antigen of Onchocerca volvulus preferentially recognized by sera from cattle vaccinated with irradiated infective larvae of Onchocerca lienalis. Antibodies raised against the recombinant protein were used to characterize the expression of the native protein in different developmental stages of O. volvulus and the rodent filaria Acanthocheilonema(More)
A cDNA of Onchocerca volvulus has been isolated by differential immunoscreening of an adult worm expression library using sera raised in cattle against the related species, O. lienalis. It was selected because of its recognition by antibodies from cattle immunized with irradiated third-stage (L3) larvae and not by antibodies from animals infected with(More)
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