Vijayendra Agrawal

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Angiogenesis is regulated by the dynamic interaction between endothelial cells (ECs). Hippo-Yes-associated protein (YAP) signalling has emerged as a key pathway that controls organ size and tissue growth by mediating cell contact inhibition. However, the role of YAP in EC has not been defined yet. Here, we show expression of YAP in the developing front of(More)
Neovessel formation is a complex process governed by the orchestrated action of multiple factors that regulate EC specification and dynamics within a growing vascular tree. These factors have been widely exploited to develop therapies for angiogenesis-related diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and tumor growth and metastasis. WNT signaling has been(More)
The maintenance of endothelial barrier is critical for the vascular homeostasis and is maintained by the interaction of adherens junction (AJ) and tight junction (TJ) proteins between adjacent cells. This interaction is stabilized by actin cytoskeleton forming cortical actin ring. Here, we developed a novel vascular leakage blocker, Sac-1004 and(More)
Tumor blood vessels are leaky and immature, which causes inadequate blood supply to tumor tissues resulting in hypoxic microenvironment and promotes metastasis. Here we have explored tumor vessel modulating activity of Sac-1004, a recently developed molecule in our lab, which directly potentiates VE-cadherin-mediated endothelial cell junction. Sac-1004(More)
Endothelium integrity is important for the normal functioning of vessels, the disruption of which can lead to disease. The blood-retinal barrier required for normal retinal function is compromised in diabetic retinopathy, causing retinal vascular leakage. Previously, we demonstrated the ability of(More)
Tumor blood vessels are often leaky because of poor covering by mural cells and loose cell-to-cell contacts. Leaky vessels result in hemorrhage and limited vascular perfusion, which lead to hypoxic tumor microenvironment. Antiangiogenic agents have been shown to normalize the tumor blood vessels, albeit temporarily. Continued administration has been found(More)
A series of glucal-conjugated sterols as novel vascular leakage blocker were identified through design, synthesis and biologically evaluation. In addition, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of the glucal-conjugated sterols focusing on the C17-side chain was also established. The sterol analogs linked with the rigid C17-side chain side chains(More)
Tumor growth is governed by the coordinated action of various types of cells that are present in the tumor environment. Fibroblasts, which constitute a major fraction of the stroma, participate actively in various signaling events and regulate tumor development and metastasis. The Hedgehog (Hh) pathway plays an important role in promoting tumor malignancy(More)
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