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Pharmacologic And Genetic Manipulations Of Angiotensin Signaling In Thoracic Aortic Disease Models, Andrew M. Peters Aug 2017

Pharmacologic And Genetic Manipulations Of Angiotensin Signaling In Thoracic Aortic Disease Models, Andrew M. Peters

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (TAAD) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients. Many different risk factors have been associated TAAD, but hypertension is the largest risk factor. Subsets of TAAD patients have identifiable syndromic genetic diseases, yet a number of genetic non-syndromic patients have been identified. Infusion of angiotensin II into mouse models causes aortic disease through inflammation and fibrosis. An angiotensin type I receptor (AT1R) blocker (ARB) or an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (ACEi) can reverse aortic pathology in some mouse models. I set out to better understand the relationship between angiotensin and TAAD ...


Applied Drug Development And Combinatorial Strategies For Antimicrobial Treatment, Steven K. Lai Hing May 2017

Applied Drug Development And Combinatorial Strategies For Antimicrobial Treatment, Steven K. Lai Hing

Andrews Research Conference

Streptococcus mutans JH1140 is a strain of bacteria which produces a lantibiotic product, named mutacin 1140. Mutacin 1140 has been shown to be effective at inhibiting Gram-positive bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mutacin 1140 is a ribosomally synthesized peptide antibiotic that undergoes extensive posttranslational modifications (PTM). We have found that Mutacin 1140 and an aminoglycoside, Kanamycin, when combined together, act synergistically against Staphylococcus aureus. This was determined by performing serial kill curve dilution overlays on solid media, followed up with kill curve by microdilution plate, and most recently confirmed with kill curve CFU count plates on ...


Pulmonary Surfactant Fortified With Cath-2 As A Novel Therapy For Bacterial Pneumonia, Brandon J. Baer Mar 2017

Pulmonary Surfactant Fortified With Cath-2 As A Novel Therapy For Bacterial Pneumonia, Brandon J. Baer

Western Research Forum

Background: Bacterial pneumonia is a leading cause of death worldwide, with high mortality rates persisting even after antibiotic treatment. Current treatments for pneumonia involve administration of antibiotics, however after the bacteria are killed they release toxic substances that induce inflammation and lung dysfunction. Host defense peptides represent a potential solution to this problem through their ability to down regulate inflammation. However, effective delivery to the lung is difficult because of the complex branching structure of the airways. My study addresses this delivery problem by using exogenous surfactant, a pulmonary delivery vehicle capable of improving spreading of these peptides throughout the ...


Defining Sites Of Replication Fork Collapse Caused By Atr Inhibition, Nishita Kalpendu Shastri Jan 2017

Defining Sites Of Replication Fork Collapse Caused By Atr Inhibition, Nishita Kalpendu Shastri

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

DEFINING SITES OF REPLICATION FORK COLLAPSE CAUSED BY ATR INHIBITION

Nishita K. Shastri

Eric J. Brown

Replication stress, characterized by stalling of DNA replication and the accumulation of abnormal replication intermediates, has been linked to the genomic instability observed in cancer. Previous studies have defined specific genomic sequences that are difficult to replicate to be more vulnerable to replication-associated breaks and rearrangements. However, many of these sequences have been identified through indirect and potentially biased approaches. To identify DNA sequences that contribute to replication-associated genomic instability, I will describe genome-wide screens I have performed to determine the location, sequence, and ...


Extracellular Matrix Regulates Fibroblast Heterogeneity And Tumorigenesis, Diana Leigh Avery Jan 2017

Extracellular Matrix Regulates Fibroblast Heterogeneity And Tumorigenesis, Diana Leigh Avery

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Heterogeneous activated fibroblasts that deposit and remodel extracellular matrix (ECM) comprise desmoplasia, a key regulator of tumor development. The divergent outcomes in response to varied therapies targeting intratumoral desmoplasia underscore the pressing need to delineate the intricate role of a heterogeneous stroma in tumorigenesis. Fibroblast activation protein (FAP) and alpha-smooth muscle actin (αSMA) identify distinct, yet overlapping, activated fibroblast subsets in myriad tumor types, fibrosis, and wound healing. FAPHi reactive fibroblasts and αSMAHi myofibroblasts can exert divergent influences on tumor progression. However, the factors that drive this phenotypic heterogeneity and the unique functional roles of these distinct phenotypes are not ...


Salvianolic Acid B For Pulmonary Delivery Towards Reversal Of Emphysema, Sneha Dhapare Jan 2017

Salvianolic Acid B For Pulmonary Delivery Towards Reversal Of Emphysema, Sneha Dhapare

Theses and Dissertations

A new pathobiologic hypothesis has recently emerged that the alveolar structural destruction and loss in emphysema are caused by the deficiency of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Therefore, this project hypothesized that such pathobiologic VEGF deficiency of emphysematous lungs can be recovered with a natural caffeic acid tetramer, salvianolic acid B (SalB), through activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), so that emphysema can be reversed as a result of inhibition of induced cell death, stimulation of cell proliferation and migration, and promotion of stem cell recruitment to the lungs.

SalB was first shown to be potently ...


Changes In Threonyl-Trna Synthetase Expression And Secretion In Response To Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress By Monensin In Ovarian Cancer Cells, Jared Louis Hammer Jan 2017

Changes In Threonyl-Trna Synthetase Expression And Secretion In Response To Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress By Monensin In Ovarian Cancer Cells, Jared Louis Hammer

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARS) are a family of enzymes that catalyze the charging of amino acids to their cognate tRNA in an aminoacylation reaction. Many members of this family have been found to have secondary functions independent of their primary aminoacylation function. Threonyl-tRNA synthetase (TARS), the ARS responsible for charging tRNA with threonine, is secreted from endothelial cells in response to both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and stimulates angiogenesis and cell migration. Here we show a novel experimental approach for studying TARS secretion, and for observing the role of intracellular TARS in the endoplasmic reticulum ...