P. Oettgen

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BACKGROUND The molecular mechanisms that govern stem cell differentiation along the endothelial lineage remain largely unknown. Ets related gene (ERG) has recently been shown to participate in the transcriptional regulation of a number of endothelial specific genes including VE-cadherin (CD144), endoglin, and von Willebrand's Factor (vWF). The specific role(More)
The therapeutic potential of administering stem cells to promote angiogenesis and myocardial tissue regeneration after infarction has recently been demonstrated. Given the advantages of using embryonic stem cells and mouse models of myocardial infarction for furthering the development of this therapeutic approach, the purpose of this study was to determine(More)
Aberrant cell survival and resistance to apoptosis are hallmarks of tumor invasion and progression to metastatic disease, but the mechanisms involved are poorly understood. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process that facilitates progression to invasive cancer, provides a superb model for studying such survival mechanisms. Here, we used a(More)
The Tie2 gene encodes a vascular endothelium-specific receptor tyrosine kinase that is required for normal vascular development and is also upregulated during angiogenesis. The regulatory regions of the Tie2 gene that are required for endothelium-specific gene expression in vivo have been identified. However, the transcription factors required for Tie2 gene(More)
The Tie gene encodes an endothelial cell receptor tyrosine kinase necessary for normal vascular development. The Tie gene promoter targets expression of heterologous genes specifically to endothelial cells in transgenic mice. Here we have characterized the promoter sequences critical for endothelial cell-specific activity in cultured cells and transgenic(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, we used a systematic bioinformatics analysis approach to elucidate genes that exhibit an endothelial cell (EC) restricted expression pattern, and began to define their regulation, tissue distribution, and potential biological role. RESULTS Using a high throughput microarray platform, a primary set of 1,191 transcripts that are(More)
The ETS (E26 Transformation-specific Sequence) factors are comprised of a family of transcription factors that share a highly conserved DNA binding domain. Although originally described for their role as protooncogenes in the development of several types of human cancer, they have subsequently been shown to regulate a wide variety of biological processes(More)
The Ets transcription factors regulate a wide variety of biologic processes. Several members have been shown to play a role in regulating angiogenesis and vascular development. For example, the Ets factor ELF-1 is enriched in the developing vasculature of the embryo, where it regulates the expression of the Tie2 gene. We have determined that ELF-1 and Tie2(More)