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Epas1 Promotes Endothelial Cell Migration In An Irx3-Dependent Manner, Petrina K. Barnett May 2016

Epas1 Promotes Endothelial Cell Migration In An Irx3-Dependent Manner, Petrina K. Barnett

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

Iroquois homeobox gene 3 (Irx3) is a transcription factor belonging to the Iroquois family of homeobox genes that is expressed in the embryonic organs of multiple organisms. Although much is known about Irx3 during embryogenesis, the cross talk of expression and function of Irx3 in peripheral vascular disease (PVD) remains to be investigated. Herein, we demonstrate that Endothelial PAS Domain 1 (EPAS1), which is involved in vasculogenesis and diseases associated with hypoxia, is an upstream regulator of Irx3, and this interaction contributes to the cellular movement of human microvascular endothelial cells (HMVECs). Genetic EPAS1 loss-of-function (LOF) studies in HMVECs resulted ...


Decorin As A Multivalent Therapeutic Agent Against Cancer., Thomas Neill, Liliana Schaefer, Renato V. Iozzo Feb 2016

Decorin As A Multivalent Therapeutic Agent Against Cancer., Thomas Neill, Liliana Schaefer, Renato V. Iozzo

Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology Faculty Papers

Decorin is a prototypical small leucine-rich proteoglycan that epitomizes the multifunctional nature of this critical gene family. Soluble decorin engages multiple receptor tyrosine kinases within the target-rich environment of the tumor stroma and tumor parenchyma. Upon receptor binding, decorin initiates signaling pathways within endothelial cells downstream of VEGFR2 that ultimately culminate in a Peg3/Beclin 1/LC3-dependent autophagic program. Concomitant with autophagic induction, decorin blunts capillary morphogenesis and endothelial cell migration, thereby significantly compromising tumor angiogenesis. In parallel within the tumor proper, decorin binds multiple RTKs with high affinity, including Met, for a multitude of oncosuppressive functions including growth inhibition ...


Mapping The Human Vasculature By In Vivo Phage Display, Julianna Bronk Aug 2014

Mapping The Human Vasculature By In Vivo Phage Display, Julianna Bronk

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

In vivo phage display screenings by intravenous injection of a random phage-displayed peptide library allow for the selection of peptides that localize to specific vascular beds. At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, we have had the opportunity to perform phage display screenings in cancer patients in order to select for cancer specific targets directly in humans. These targets serve to define biochemical diversity of endothelial cell surfaces and can be validated and explored towards the design of vascular-targeted pharmacology. In the most recent patient screen, samples were recovered from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) as well as 26 additional ...