Slobodan Vukičević

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In this 3-yr, randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled study, healthy postmenopausal women with osteoporosis (55-85 yr of age) were treated with bazedoxifene 20 or 40 mg/d, raloxifene 60 mg/d, or placebo. The primary endpoint was incidence of new vertebral fractures after 36 mo; secondary endpoints included nonvertebral fractures, BMD, and(More)
Partially purified extracts from newborn calf articular cartilage were found to induce cartilage and bone when subcutaneously implanted in rats. This activity showed characteristics of bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). Degenerate oligonucleotide primer sets derived from the highly conserved carboxyl-terminal region of the BMP family were designed and used(More)
Juvenile hemochromatosis is an iron-overload disorder caused by mutations in the genes encoding the major iron regulatory hormone hepcidin (HAMP) and hemojuvelin (HFE2). We have previously shown that hemojuvelin is a co-receptor for bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and that BMP signals regulate hepcidin expression and iron metabolism. However, the(More)
BACKGROUND The effects of lasofoxifene on the risk of fractures, breast cancer, and cardiovascular disease are uncertain. METHODS In this randomized trial, we assigned 8556 women who were between the ages of 59 and 80 years and had a bone mineral density T score of -2.5 or less at the femoral neck or spine to receive once-daily lasofoxifene (at a dose of(More)
We have shown that osteogenic protein-1 (OP-1) (bone morphogenetic protein-7) is responsible for the induction of nephrogenic mesenchyme during embryonic kidney development. Gene knock-out studies showed that OP-1 null mutant mice die of renal failure within the first day of postnatal life. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of recombinant human(More)
Members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of growth and differentiation factors have been identified in a wide variety of organisms, ranging from invertebrates to mammals. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) constitute a subgroup of proteins belonging to the TGF-beta superfamily. BMPs were initially identified by their ability to(More)
Articular cartilage extracts were prepared to characterize protein fractions with in vivo chondrogenic activity (Chang, S., Hoang, B., Thomas, J. T., Vukicevic, S., Luyten, F. P., Ryba, N. J. P., Kozak, C. A., Reddi, A. H., and Moos, M. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 28227-28234). Trypsin digestion of highly purified chondrogenic protein fractions allowed the(More)
Osteogenin was recently purified and the amino acid sequences of tryptic peptides were determined. Osteogenin in conjunction with insoluble collagenous bone matrix induces cartilage and bone formation in vivo. To understand the mechanism of action of osteogenin, we examined its influence on periosteal cells, osteoblasts, fibroblasts, chondrocytes, and bone(More)
The interaction of transforming growth factor beta (TGF beta) with extracellular matrix macromolecules was examined by using radiolabeled TGF beta and various matrix macromolecules immobilized on nitrocellulose. TGF beta bound to collagen IV with greater affinity than to other extracellular matrix macromolecules tested. Neither laminin nor fibronectin, both(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are used clinically to induce new bone formation in spinal fusions and long bone non-union fractures. However, large amounts of BMPs are needed to achieve these effects. BMPs were found to increase the expression of antagonists, which potentially limit their therapeutic efficacy. However, the relative susceptibility of(More)