Portia B. Gordon

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Confluent cultures of human endothelial cells deposit into extracellular matrix (ECM) distinct heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG) which modulate acidic fibroblast growth factor's (aFGF) ability to stimulate human endothelial cell mitogenic capacity. Extracellular matrix 35S-HSPG were isolated from cultures metabolically labelled with Na235SO4 by(More)
Human umbilical vein endothelial cells can be grown in vitro for 28 passages (CPDL 58) in Medium 199 supplemented with newborn bovine serum and a partially purified growth factor derived from bovine brain. Newborn bovine serum is superior to fetal bovine serum for the proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells seeded at low density in the(More)
Human endothelial cells release components into the growth medium that stimulate cell-substratum adhesion. Several macromolecular components were isolated by ultracentrifugation of the endothelial cell conditioned medium. The components were heterogeneous, consisting of several sizes when examined by sedimentation velocity and gel filtration. When the(More)
The influence of methyl beta-D-xylopyranoside on human endothelial cell proteoglycans isolated from the medium and extracellular matrix was investigated. Confluent cultures of human endothelial cells incorporate significant amounts of heparan sulfate (78%), chondroitin sulfate (10%), and dermatan sulfate (12%) into the extracellular matrix. Chondroitin(More)
Transport, unidirectional flux, of a monosaccharide, a nucleoside and three amino acids, all of which enter cells by independent, discrete carriers, was compared at three stages of erythroid maturation, the normal (anucleate) mouse erythrocyte, and in differentiated and undifferentiated Friend erythroleukemia cells. We found specific transport alterations(More)
Platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) is a mitogen capable of stimulating the proliferation of both vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC) and fibroblasts in tissue culture. Recently, it was reported that this in vitro stimulatory effect is significantly reduced by Trapidil, a triazolopyrimidine. We confirm this, and also that similar inhibition occurs in vivo,(More)
Infection of confluent human umbilical vein endothelial cells by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi results in the appearance of an altered heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) isolated from the extracellular matrix of infected endothelial cells (ECMi). HSPG from ECMi differed from HSPG obtained from the extracellular matrix of uninfected endothelial cells(More)
An endothelial cell (EC) growth factor isolated from bovine brain stimulates in vitro growth of human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and permits long term serial propagation. In the presence of increasing concentrations of EC growth factor, confluent cultures of early (CPDL less than or equal to 20) and late (CPDL greater than 20) passage human(More)
Human umbilical vein endothelial cells can be serially passaged by supplementing medium with a partially purified growth factor. Cell-substratum detachment of early and late passage endothelial cells was examined using trypsin, collagenase, or homocysteine. Late-passage cells detached more rapidly than early passage cells under all conditions tested. The(More)
Altered proteoglycan metabolism may play a role in the development of diabetic glomerulopathy. This study was conducted to examine the effects of glucose on the production and physical characteristics of proteoglycans generated by rat mesangial cells in culture. Rat mesangial cells were exposed to elevated glucose media (500 mg/dl) or standard glucose media(More)
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