Rebecca Foster

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Growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis), required for all tumor growth, is stimulated by the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). VEGF is up-regulated in all known solid tumors but also in atherosclerosis, diabetic retinopathy, arthritis, and many other conditions. Conventional VEGF isoforms have been universally described as(More)
The protein-kinase family is the most frequently mutated gene family found in human cancer and faulty kinase enzymes are being investigated as promising targets for the design of antitumour therapies. We have sequenced the gene encoding the transmembrane protein tyrosine kinase ERBB2 (also known as HER2 or Neu) from 120 primary lung tumours and identified(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To explore how nurses use computerised clinical decision support systems in clinical practice and the factors that influence use. BACKGROUND There is limited evidence for the benefits of computerised clinical decision support systems in nursing, with the majority of existing research focusing on nurses' use of decision support for(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) increases vascular permeability by stimulating endothelial Ca(2+) influx. Here we provide evidence that links VEGF-mediated increased permeability and endothelial intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) with diacylglycerol (DAG)-mediated activation of the transient receptor potential channels (TRPCs). We(More)
OBJECTIVE Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) exerts many of its effects by stimulating endothelial calcium influx, but little is known about channels mediating VEGF-induced cation entry. The aim of this study was to measure and characterize for the first time the VEGF-activated cation current in human microvascular endothelial cells (HMVECs). (More)
The endothelial glycocalyx is a gel-like layer which covers the luminal side of blood vessels. The glomerular endothelial cell (GEnC) glycocalyx is composed of proteoglycan core proteins, glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains, and sialoglycoproteins and has been shown to contribute to the selective sieving action of the glomerular capillary wall. Damage to the(More)
The expression of three human metallothionein genes, MT-IIA, MT-IF, and MT-IG was studied in the human hepatoblastoma (HepG2), the hepatocarcinoma (Hep3B2), the embryonic kidney (Hek 293), and the lymphoblastoid-derived (Wi-L2) cell lines. The pattern of expression of each specific MT gene in response to various heavy metals was different among the four(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is expressed by renal glomerular epithelial cells (podocytes) and is thought to be protective against nephrotoxic agents. VEGF has been shown to be an autocrine survival factor in neuropilin-1-positive, VEGF receptor-negative breast carcinoma cells. Normal human podocytes are also known to express neuropilin-1,(More)
Podocytes are critical in maintaining the filtration barrier of the glomerulus and are dependent on the slit diaphragm (SD) proteins nephrin, podocin, and CD2-associated protein (CD2AP) to function optimally. The effects of normal human plasma and nephrotic plasma on podocytes were tested, focusing particularly on the SD complex. With the use of a(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A is an autocrine survival factor for podocytes, which express two VEGF receptors, VEGF-R1 and VEGF-R3. As VEGF-A is not a known ligand for VEGF-R3, the aim of this investigation was to examine whether VEGF-C, a known ligand for VEGF-R3, served a function in podocyte biology and whether this was VEGF-R3 dependent.(More)