Sepi Mahooti

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Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, occurs during development, wound healing and cancer and involves stages that orchestrate a network of cooperative interactions. Peptide growth factors and extracellular matrix (ECM) components are two major groups of angiogenesis mediators. Among the different ECM proteins, collagens(More)
Expression of alpha4 integrin by auto-reactive T cells is critical for their ability to induce EAE, an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in mice, used as a model to study human multiple sclerosis. Having previously identified one role for alpha4 integrin in adhesion-mediated induction of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), an enzyme that(More)
Maternal diabetes mellitus is associated with an increased incidence of congenital abnormalities as well as embryonic and perinatal lethality. In particular, a wide range of cardiovascular abnormalities have been noted in children of diabetic mothers and in the offspring of diabetic animals. The vascular system is the first organ system to develop in the(More)
Catenins function as regulators of cellular signaling events in addition to their previously documented roles in adherens junction formation and function. Evidence to date suggests that beta and gamma catenins can act as signaling molecules, bind transcriptional factors and translocate to the nucleus. Beta- and gamma-catenin are also major substrates for(More)
Previous studies have suggested that surface expression of alpha4 integrin by autoreactive T-cell clones is necessary for the clones to induce experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model for human multiple sclerosis. To provide direct evidence for this phenomenon, we have transfected alpha4 integrin into C19alpha4-LO, a myelin basic(More)
PECAM-1 is a 130-kd member of the Ig superfamily present on endothelial cells, platelets, polymorphonuclear leukocytes, monocytes, and lymphocytes. Its expression begins early in development and persists through adulthood. PECAM-1 functions as an adhesion and signaling molecule between adjacent endothelial cells and between endothelial cells and circulating(More)
Pancreatic plasmacytoma is a rare disorder which may present with obstructive jaundice. Only eighteen cases have been reported in the English language literature. We present the first case of pancreatic plasmacytoma and gastric plasmacytoma diagnosed with endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA). A 75-year-old male with a known history(More)
Our goal was to evaluate the Bethesda system (TBS) in comparison to the previously used system at our institution. One hundred consecutive thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) and 45 consecutive indeterminate FNAs were reviewed by two cytopathology-boarded pathologists, diagnosed based on TBS and correlated with management and follow-up. Re-evaluation led(More)
Although chronic sublethal hypoxia has been shown to promote angiogenesis in the developing brain, the pathogenesis of this response is unknown. We hypothesized that this response may be mediated in part by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). We reared newborn rats (P3) in a chamber with FIO2 of 9.5 +/- 1% (exposed, E). At P33, the animals were(More)