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Lipid accumulation by vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) is a feature of atherosclerotic plaques. In this study we describe two mechanisms whereby human VSMC foam cell formation is driven by de novo synthesis of fatty acids leading to triacylglycerol accumulation in intracellular vacuoles, a process distinct from serum lipoprotein uptake. VSMC cultured in(More)
Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder with a range of cardiovascular, skeletal, craniofacial and cutaneous manifestations. LDS type 4 is caused by mutations in TGFβ ligand 2 (TGFB2) and based on the family pedigrees described to date, appears to have a milder clinical phenotype, often presenting with isolated aortic(More)
Cation transport in the distal mammalian nephron relies on the SLC12 family of membrane cotransporters that include the thiazide-sensitive Na(+)-Cl⁻ cotransporter (NCC). NCC is regulated through a scaffold of interacting proteins, including the WNK kinases, WNK 1 and WNK 4, which are mutated in the hypertensive Gordon's syndrome. Dynamic regulation of NCC(More)
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