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FGF-16 has been reported to be preferentially expressed in the adult rat heart. We have investigated the expression of FGF-16 in the perinatal and postnatal heart and its functional significance in neonatal rat cardiac myocytes. FGF-16 mRNA accumulation was observed by quantitative RT-PCR between neonatal days 1 and 7, with this increased expression(More)
Diabetes is a common complication encountered during pregnancy. Earlier studies indicated that diabetic placentas bear morphological alterations consistent with modified placental differentiation, including alterations in the villous cellular content, structure, and total surface. Limited data associating the diabetic status with the expression of terminal(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)
The protein RHAMM (for "receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility"; CD168) is a member of the hyaladherin family of hyaluronan-binding proteins. RHAMM has a role in cell signaling, migration, and adhesion via interactions with hyaluronan, microtubules, actin, calmodulin, and components of the extracellular regulated kinase (erk) signaling pathway. Based on(More)
We examined the effect of fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-2 on myocardial resistance to injury when administered after the onset of ischemia, in vivo and ex vivo, and the role of FGF-2 receptors and protein kinase C (PKC). FGF-2 was injected into the left ventricle of rats undergoing permanent surgical coronary occlusion leading to myocardial infarction(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) occurs in different isoforms which represent alternative translation products from a single mRNA. The question of whether the presence of multiple FGF-2 isoforms has physiological implications is compelling but unresolved so far. However, it has been shown recently that the FGF-2 isoforms are differentially regulated(More)
Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2), a multifunctional polypeptide that affects cell growth and differentiation and becomes upregulated by stress, is expressed as AUG-initiated 18 kDa FGF-2 or CUG-initiated 21-34 kDa (hi-FGF-2) isoforms. Animal models have provided strong evidence that FGF-2 is essential for the manifestation of overload- and(More)
Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2), a mitogenic, angiogenic, and cardioprotective agent, is released from the postnatal heart by a mechanism of transient remodelling of the sarcolemma during contraction. Both release of FGF-2 and its synthesis can be increased with adrenergic stimulation. We reported previously that FGF-2 synthesis can be regulated at the(More)
An adult heart injured by an ischemic episode has a limited capacity to regenerate. We administered three types of adult guinea pig cells [cardiomyocytes (CMs), cardiac fibroblasts (CFs), and skeletal myoblasts (Mbs)] to compare their suitability for repair of acute myocardial infarction. We used confocal fluorescent microscopy and a variety of specific(More)
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