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It has been demonstrated that restoration of function to compromised tissue can be accomplished by transplantation of bone marrow stem cells and/or embryonic stem cells (ESCs). One limitation to this approach has been the lack of noninvasive techniques to longitudinally monitor stem cell attachment and proliferation. Recently, murine ESC lines that express(More)
Initial injury from smoke inhalation is mainly to the trachea and bronchi and is characterized by mucosal hyperemia and increased microvascular permeability, exfoliation of epithelial lining, mucous secretion, mucous plugging, and an acute inflammatory cell influx. In this study, we explore the role of the c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK) pathway in(More)
AIMS Cold stress has been shown to produce dramatic increases in 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-Glucose ((18)FDG) accumulation by brown adipose tissue (BAT) in rodents. However, neither the effects of other types of stress on (18)FDG accumulation nor the effects of stressors on the accumulation of tracers of other aspects of energy metabolism have been evaluated. In(More)
Burn trauma to the extremities can produce marked systemic effects in mice. Burn injury to the dorsal surface of mice is also associated with changes in glucose metabolism ([18F] 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose [18FDG] uptake) by brown adipose tissue (BAT) and nuclear factor (NF)-κB activity in several tissues including skeletal muscle. This study examined the(More)
Sepsis remains the major cause of death in patients with major burn injuries. In the present investigation we evaluated the interaction between burn injuries of varying severity and preexisting distant infection. We used Gram-negative bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus mirabilis) that were genetically engineered to be bioluminescent, which allowed(More)
Many inflammatory responses are mediated by activation of the transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), and a wide variety of human diseases involve abnormal regulation of its expression. In this investigation, we evaluated the effect of smoke inhalation injury on NF-κB expression in lung using two strains of NF-κB reporter mice. Groups of(More)
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. Sepsis remains the major cause of death in patients with major burn injuries. In the present investigation we evaluated the interaction between burn injuries of varying severity and preexisting distant infection. We used Gram-negative(More)
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