Peter A. Cattini

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Fibroblast growth factor 16 (FGF-16) expression has previously been detected in mouse heart at mid-gestation in the endocardium and epicardium, suggesting a role in embryonic heart development. More specifically, exogenously applied FGF-16 has been shown to stimulate growth of embryonic myocardial cells in tissue explants. We have generated mice lacking(More)
Mitogenic stimulation of cardiomyocytes is associated with decreased gap junction coupling and protein kinase C (PKC)-mediated phosphorylation of the gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43). Identification of and interference with the amino acid(s) that becomes phosphorylated in response to stimulation are important steps towards defining the relationship(More)
We generated transgenic (TG) mice overexpressing fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-2 protein (22- to 34-fold) in the heart. Chronic FGF-2 overexpression revealed no significant effect on heart weight-to-body weight ratio or expression of cardiac differentiation markers. There was, however, a significant 20% increase in capillary density. Although there was no(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) plays a vital role in the growth and differentiation of cardiac myocytes. It exists in high and low molecular weight forms because of the use of alternative initiation codons in the same mRNA. Higher levels of high molecular weight forms (molecular mass of 22 and 21.5 kD) are present in the rat heart during the(More)
We have used adenoviral vectors to express dominant negative variants of protein kinase C epsilon (PKCepsilon) or mitogen kinase kinase 1 (MKK1) to investigate their involvement in phorbol ester-induced connexin-43 (Cx43) phosphorylation in cardiomyocytes. Stimulation of cardiomyocytes with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) increased the fraction of the(More)
The heart expresses high and low molecular weight (hmw, lmw) fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2) isoforms. While the injury-repair-related activities of lmw-FGF-2 have been studied extensively, those of hmw-FGF-2 have not. Thus, we investigated the effects of hmw-FGF-2 on acute as well as chronic responses to myocardial infarction (MI) induced by(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) is abundant in the developing and adult brain and has been linked with the origin and growth of neuronal and glial cells. Glial cells produce high levels of FGF-2, stimulating autocrine growth as well as the survival and function of neurons in a paracrine manner. Abnormal levels of FGF-2 have been linked with(More)
Expression of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) in Schwann cells is modulated by external stimuli. To study possible interactions of both factors we have analyzed mutual effects of exogenous IL-6 and FGF-2 on the expression of each other and the corresponding receptor (R) molecules IL-6R and FGFR1 after peripheral nerve lesion in(More)
Human (h) placenta-derived choriocarcinoma cell lines (BeWo, JAR, and JEG-3) were examined for expression of pituitary GH (hGH-N) as well as placental GH variant (hGH-V) and chorionic somatomammotropin (hCS, encoded by the hCS-A or hCS-B gene). RNA was isolated and assessed using hGH-N complementary DNA since hGH and hCS genes share more than 90% sequences(More)
Disruption of the X-chromosome fibroblast growth factor 16 (Fgf-16) gene, a member of the FGF-9 subfamily with FGF-20, was linked with an effect on cardiac development in two independent studies. However, poor trabeculation with lethality by embryonic day (E) 11.5 was associated with only one, involving maintenance in Black Swiss (Bsw) versus C57BL/6 mice.(More)