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We have shown that osteogenic protein-1 (OP-1) (bone morphogenetic protein-7) is responsible for the induction of nephrogenic mesenchyme during embryonic kidney development. Gene knock-out studies showed that OP-1 null mutant mice die of renal failure within the first day of postnatal life. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of recombinant human(More)
Highly purified primitive hemopoietic stem cells express BMP receptors but do not synthesize bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). However, exogenously added BMPs regulate their proliferation, differentiation, and survival. To further explore the mechanism by which BMPs might be involved in hemopoietic differentiation, we tested whether stromal cells from(More)
Mechanical signaling and BMP expression appear to be involved in controlling the differentiation of cartilage in fracture repair, but the connection between mechanics and BMP signaling is not known. In this study of rats, we used a bone chamber to see how BMP gene expression was changed by a mechanical loading regime that induces cartilage formation in this(More)
Primary cultures of fetal rat calvarial cells contain a spectrum of osteogenic phenotypes including undifferentiated mesenchymal cells, osteoprogenitor cells, and osteoblasts. We recently demonstrated that rat calvarial osteoblast-like cells grown on basement membrane undergo profound morphological changes resembling a canalicular network in bone. In the(More)
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