Ofelia María Martínez-Estrada

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The epicardial epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is hypothesized to generate cardiovascular progenitor cells that differentiate into various cell types, including coronary smooth muscle and endothelial cells, perivascular and cardiac interstitial fibroblasts and cardiomyocytes. Here we show that an epicardial-specific knockout of the gene encoding(More)
Junctional adhesion molecule (JAM) is an integral membrane protein that has been reported to colocalize with the tight junction molecules occludin, ZO-1, and cingulin. However, evidence for the association of JAM with these molecules is missing. Transfection of Chinese hamster ovary cells with JAM (either alone or in combination with occludin) resulted in(More)
Junctional adhesion molecule (JAM) is an integral membrane protein that belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily, localizes at tight junctions, and regulates both paracellular permeability and leukocyte transmigration. To investigate molecular determinants of JAM function, the extracellular domain of murine JAM was produced as a recombinant soluble protein(More)
Wt1 regulates the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the epicardium and the reverse process (MET) in kidney mesenchyme. The mechanisms underlying these reciprocal functions are unknown. Here, we show in both embryos and cultured cells that Wt1 regulates Wnt4 expression dichotomously. In kidney cells, Wt1 recruits Cbp and p300 as coactivators; in(More)
We report here that junctional adhesion molecule (JAM) interacts with calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine protein kinase (CASK), a protein related to membrane-associated guanylate kinases. In Caco-2 cells, JAM and CASK were coprecipitated and found to colocalize at intercellular contacts along the lateral surface of the plasma membrane. Association of JAM(More)
Fuelled by the obesity epidemic, there is considerable interest in the developmental origins of white adipose tissue (WAT) and the stem and progenitor cells from which it arises. Whereas increased visceral fat mass is associated with metabolic dysfunction, increased subcutaneous WAT is protective. There are six visceral fat depots: perirenal, gonadal,(More)
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) ensures the homeostasis of the brain microenvironment, mostly through complex tight junctions between brain endothelial cells that prevent the passage of hydrophilic molecules from blood to brain and vice versa. A recent study has shown in vivo that systemic administration of erythropoietin (Epo) protects against brain injury.(More)
Claudin-1 is an integral membrane protein component of tight junctions. The Snail family of transcription factors are repressors that play a central role in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, a process that occurs during cancer progression. Snail and Slug members are direct repressors of E-cadherin and act by binding to the specific E-boxes of its(More)
Junctional adhesion molecule-A (JAM-A) regulates key inflammatory responses, such as edema formation and leukocyte transmigration. Although it has been reported that the inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) causes the disassembly of JAM-A from the intercellular junctions, the mechanism has not been elucidated fully. Here, we report that TNF(More)
We review here our work on the molecular and functional organization of endothelial cell-to-cell junctions. The first part of the review is dedicated to VE-cadherin, characterized by our group few years ago. This protein is a member of the large family of transmembrane adhesion proteins called cadherins. It is endothelial cell specific and plays a major(More)