Natasha Case

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The ability of exercise to decrease fat mass and increase bone mass may occur through mechanical biasing of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) away from adipogenesis and toward osteoblastogenesis. C3H10T1/2 MSCs cultured in highly adipogenic medium express peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and adiponectin mRNA and protein, and accumulate(More)
Marrow adipose tissue (MAT), associated with skeletal fragility and hematologic insufficiency, remains poorly understood and difficult to quantify. We tested the response of MAT to high fat diet (HFD) and exercise using a novel volumetric analysis, and compared it to measures of bone quantity. We hypothesized that HFD would increase MAT and diminish bone(More)
Mechanical loading of bone initiates an anabolic, anticatabolic pattern of response, yet the molecular events involved in mechanical signal transduction are not well understood. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling has been recognized in promoting bone anabolism, and application of strain has been shown to induce beta-catenin activation. In this work, we have used a(More)
Regulation of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) lineage selection is important for the generation of bone mass. Inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) may increase adipogenesis at the cost of decreasing osteoprogenitor output. Here we investigated the role of COX2 and its products during MSC differentiation. Indomethacin stimulated adipogenesis (increased aP2,(More)
Mechanical signals can inactivate glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β), resulting in stabilization of β-catenin. This signaling cascade is necessary for the inhibition of adipogenesis in mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) that is produced by a daily strain regimen. We investigated whether Akt is the mechanically activated kinase responsible for phosphorylation and(More)
Mechanical loading induces positive changes in the skeleton due to direct effects on bone cells, which may include regulation of transcription factors that support osteoblast differentiation and function. Flow effects on osteoblast transcription factors have generally been evaluated after short exposures. In this work, we assayed flow effects on osteogenic(More)
We studied the intracellular distribution of drugs within anthracycline-sensitive and -resistant cells by computer-assisted digitized video fluorescence microscopy. We found that the antitumor antibiotic, daunorubicin, distributes differently in anthracycline-sensitive and -resistant human leukemia cells (HL-60). Verapamil and other agents known to(More)
UNLABELLED The skeletal phenotype of the cav-1(-/-) mouse, which lacks caveolae, was examined. muCT and histology showed increased trabecular and cortical bone caused by the gene deletion. Structural changes were accompanied by increased mechanical properties. Cell studies showed that cav-1 deficiency leads to increased osteoblast differentiation. These(More)
Mechanical stimulation can prevent adipogenic and improve osteogenic lineage allocation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), an effect associated with the preservation of beta-catenin levels. We asked whether mechanical up-regulation of beta-catenin was critical to reduction in adipogenesis as well as other mechanical events inducing alternate MSC lineage(More)
Pirfenidone, a putative tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitor, has recently gained recognition for its therapeutic use in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. As pulmonary fibrosis may be the result of lung inflammatory processes, we examined the anti-inflammatory potential of pirfenidone in several models of acute pulmonary(More)