Tai Lan Tuan

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Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-(alpha)) is an important mediator during the inflammatory phase of wound healing. Excessive amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-(alpha) are associated with inflammatory diseases including chronic wounds. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in matrix re-modeling during wound healing, angiogenesis and(More)
Both cytokines and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are active during physiologic and pathologic processes such as cancer metastasis and wound repair. We have systematically studied cytokine-mediated MMP regulation. Cytokine-mediated proteinase induction and activation were initially investigated in organ-cultured human skin followed by determination of(More)
Angiotensin II (AII) is a critical factor in cardiac remodeling which involves hypertrophy, fibroblast proliferation, and extracellular matrix production. However, little is known about the mechanism by which AII accelerates these responses. Osteopontin is an acidic phosphoprotein with RGD (arginine-glycine-aspartate) sequences that are involved in the(More)
We compared the wheat-germ agglutinin (WGA) and Ricinus communis agglutinin (RCA) binding sites of baby-hamster kidney (BHK) cells. There were 1.01 X 10(8) WGA-binding sites per cell (Kd = 0.027 nM) and 6 X 10(6) RCA-binding sites per cell (Kd = 0.014 nM). Binding of WGA or RCA to BHK cells resulted in more than 75% of the cell-surface binding sites(More)
Keratinocyte attachment to fibronectin (FN) substrata was inhibited by the peptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser-Pro-Cys, but not by the variant peptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Glu-Ser-Pro. The RGDS-containing peptide did not inhibit keratinocyte adhesion to collagen. Keratinocyte adhesion to FN substrata also was inhibited by polyclonal anti-FN receptor antibodies originally(More)
The early fetus responds to cutaneous wounds in a fundamentally different way from the adult; fetal wounds heal without scars. Wound contraction is a vital component of wound healing. The cytokine transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta promotes wound contraction and can be activated by the serine protease plasmin. Herein, we explored whether murine skin(More)
Organogenesis involves a series of dynamic morphogenesis and remodeling processes. Since feathers exhibit complex forms, we have been using the feather as a model to analyze how molecular pathways and cellular events are used. While several major molecular pathways have been studied, the roles of matrix degrading proteases and inhibitors in feather(More)
Human skin fibroblasts contracted fibrin gels in a time- and cell-dependent manner. Under optimal conditions, gel contraction amounted to more than 50% in 2 hr. Fibronectin did not promote contraction, and fibrinolysis was not required for contraction, although gels contracted without serum or aprotinin were lysed. Before contraction, fibrin was present in(More)
To investigate developmental differences in the wound repair process between fetal and adult skin fibroblasts, we studied the expression of plasminogen activator, plasminogen activator inhibitor, matrix metalloproteinase, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase in E-15, E-17, newborn and adult mouse skin fibroblasts cultured within three dimensional(More)
In this report we describe cell adhesion and phagocytosis promoted by two monoclonal antibodies that were selected for immunofluorescence staining of non-permeabilized baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells. Anti-BHK1 staining was heaviest along cell margins, whereas anti-BHK2 staining was continuous along cell margins. Neither antibody stained elongated plaque(More)