Stephen Lee Rego

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Gastroparesis leads to inadequate emptying of the stomach resulting in severe negative health impacts. Appropriate long-term treatments for these diseases may require pyloric sphincter tissue replacements that possess functional smooth muscle cell (SMC) and neural components. This study aims to bioengineer, for the first time, innervated human pylorus(More)
The enteric nervous system (ENS) controls gastrointestinal (GI) functions, including motility and digestion, which are impaired in ENS disorders. Differentiation of enteric neurons is mediated by factors released by the gut mesenchyme, including smooth muscle cells (SMCs). SMC-derived factors involved in adult enteric neural progenitor cells (NPCs)(More)
Digestion and motility of luminal content through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are achieved by cooperation between distinct cell types. Much of the 3 dimensional (3D) in vitro modeling used to study the GI physiology and disease focus solely on epithelial cells and not smooth muscle cells (SMCs). SMCs of the gut function either to propel and mix luminal(More)
Breast tumor cells alter their microenvironment in part through the expression of protumor molecules that influence macrophages during tumor progression and metastasis. Macrophage recruitment is stimulated by chemotactic factors, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), which also stimulates the cytotoxic/tumor cell killing macrophage phenotype.(More)
Stromal chemokine gradients within the breast tissue microenvironment play a critical role in breast cancer cell invasion, a prerequisite to metastasis. To elucidate which chemokines and mechanisms are involved in mammary cell migration we determined whether mesenchymal D1 stem cells secreted specific chemokines that differentially promoted the invasion of(More)
UNLABELLED Appendix-derived neural progenitor cells (NPCs) have both neurogenic and gliogenic potential, but use of these cells for enteric neural cell therapy has not been addressed. The objective of this study was to determine whether NPCs obtained from the appendix would differentiate into enteric neural subsets capable of inducing(More)
The role of the tumor microenvironment especially of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in the progression and metastatic spread of breast cancer is well established. TAMs have primarily a M2 (wound-healing) phenotype with minimal cytotoxic activities. The mechanisms by which tumor cells influence TAMs to display a pro-tumor phenotype are still debated(More)
Most deaths associated with breast cancer, the most common malignancy in women, are caused by metastasis. Tumor associated macrophages significantly contribute to breast cancer progression and development of metastasis through the promotion of angiogenesis which involves a central regulator of macrophage functions: nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer(More)
Mucin 1 (MUC1) is a transmembrane mucin glycoprotein that is over-expressed and aberrantly glycosylated in >80% of human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) and is associated with poor prognosis. To understand the role of MUC1 in PDA, we have recently developed two mouse models of spontaneous PDA, one that expresses full-length human MUC1 transgene (KCM(More)
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