1. Myozap Deficiency Promotes Adverse Cardiac Remodeling via Differential Regulation of Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase/Serum-response Factor and β-Catenin/GSK-3β Protein Signaling.

    Journal of Biological Chemistry 291(8):4128 (2016) PMID 26719331 PMCID PMC4759188

    The intercalated disc (ID) is a "hot spot" for heart disease, as several ID proteins have been found mutated in cardiomyopathy. Myozap is a recent addition to the list of ID proteins and has been implicated in serum-response factor signaling. To elucidate the cardiac consequences of targeted del...
  2. Nogo-B receptor deficiency causes cerebral vasculature defects during embryonic development in mice.

    Developmental Biology 410(2):190 (2016) PMID 26746789 PMCID PMC4767500

    Nogo-B receptor (NgBR) was identified as a receptor specific for Nogo-B. Our previous work has shown that Nogo-B and its receptor (NgBR) are essential for chemotaxis and morphogenesis of endothelial cells in vitro and intersomitic vessel formation via Akt pathway in zebrafish. Here, we further d...
  3. Coagulation factor V mediates inhibition of tissue factor signaling by activated protein C in mice.

    Blood 126(21):2415 (2015) PMID 26341257 PMCID PMC4653768

    The key effector molecule of the natural protein C pathway, activated protein C (aPC), exerts pleiotropic effects on coagulation, fibrinolysis, and inflammation. Coagulation-independent cell signaling by aPC appears to be the predominant mechanism underlying its highly reproducible therapeutic e...
  4. A balance between TFPI and thrombin-mediated platelet activation is required for murine embryonic development.

    Blood 125(26):4078 (2015) PMID 25954015 PMCID PMC4481595

    Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is a critical anticoagulant protein present in endothelium and platelets. Mice lacking TFPI (Tfpi(-/-)) die in utero from disseminated intravascular coagulation. They are rescued by concomitant tissue factor (TF) deficiency, demonstrating that TFPI modulate...
  5. Quantitative changes in Gimap3 and Gimap5 expression modify mitochondrial DNA segregation in mice.

    Genetics 200(1):221 (2015) PMID 25808953 PMCID PMC4423365

    Mammalian mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a high-copy maternally inherited genome essential for aerobic energy metabolism. Mutations in mtDNA can lead to heteroplasmy, the co-occurence of two different mtDNA variants in the same cell, which can segregate in a tissue-specific manner affecting the on...
  6. EPCR-dependent PAR2 activation by the blood coagulation initiation complex regulates LPS-triggered interferon responses in mice.

    Blood 125(18):2845 (2015) PMID 25733582 PMCID PMC4424632

    Infection and inflammation are invariably associated with activation of the blood coagulation mechanism, secondary to the inflammation-induced expression of the coagulation initiator tissue factor (TF) on innate immune cells. By investigating the role of cell-surface receptors for coagulation fa...
  7. Intraperitoneal administration of activated protein C prevents postsurgical adhesion band formation.

    Blood 125(8):1339 (2015) PMID 25575539 PMCID PMC4335085

    Postsurgical peritoneal adhesion bands are the most important causes of intestinal obstruction, pelvic pain, and female infertility. In this study, we used a mouse model of adhesion and compared the protective effect of activated protein C (APC) to that of the Food and Drug Administration-approv...
  8. Thrombomodulin contributes to gamma tocotrienol-mediated lethality protection and hematopoietic cell recovery in irradiated mice.

    PLoS ONE 10(4):e0122511 (2015) PMID 25860286 PMCID PMC4393275

    Systemic administration of recombinant thrombomodulin (TM) confers radiation protection partly by accelerating hematopoietic recovery. The uniquely potent radioprotector gamma tocotrienol (GT3), in addition to being a strong antioxidant, inhibits the enzyme hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A red...
  9. A conditional knockout mouse model reveals endothelial cells as the principal and possibly exclusive source of plasma factor VIII.

    Blood 123(24):3706 (2014) PMID 24705491 PMCID PMC4055921

    The cellular source of coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) remains controversial. Like many coagulation proteins, FVIII is produced in the liver, and FVIII synthesis has long been associated with hepatocytes. But extrahepatic synthesis also occurs, and mounting evidence suggests that hepatocytes are...
  10. Inflammation-associated activation of coagulation and immune regulation by the protein C pathway.

    Thrombosis Research 133 Suppl 1:S32 (2014) PMID 24759138 PMCID PMC4060429

    The inflammation-induced activation of the protein C pathway provides negative feedback inhibition of coagulation and exerts coagulation-independent anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective effects. The balance between these activities of aPC modulates the outcome of diverse inflammatory diseases su...
  11. A thrombomodulin mutation that impairs active protein C generation is detrimental in severe pneumonia-derived gram-negative sepsis (melioidosis).

    PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 8(4):e2819 (2014) PMID 24762740 PMCID PMC3998929

    During severe (pneumo)sepsis inflammatory and coagulation pathways become activated as part of the host immune response. Thrombomodulin (TM) is involved in a range of host defense mechanisms during infection and plays a pivotal role in activation of protein C (PC) into active protein C (APC). AP...
  12. Sucrose non-fermenting related kinase enzyme is essential for cardiac metabolism.

    Biology Open 4(1):48 (2014) PMID 25505152 PMCID PMC4295165

    In this study, we have identified a novel member of the AMPK family, namely Sucrose non-fermenting related kinase (Snrk), that is responsible for maintaining cardiac metabolism in mammals. SNRK is expressed in the heart, and brain, and in cell types such as endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells...
  13. Overexpression of activated protein C hampers bacterial dissemination during pneumococcal pneumonia.

    BMC Infectious Diseases 14:559 (2014) PMID 25366058 PMCID PMC4228088

    During pneumonia, inflammation and coagulation are activated as part of anti-bacterial host defense. Activated protein C (APC) has anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties and until recently was a registered drug for the treatment of severe sepsis. Streptococcus (S.) pneumoniae is the most...
  14. Thrombomodulin regulates keratinocyte differentiation and promotes wound healing.

    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 133(6):1638 (2013) PMID 23321922

    The membrane glycoprotein thrombomodulin (TM) has been implicated in keratinocyte differentiation and wound healing, but its specific function remains undetermined. The epidermis-specific TM knockout mice were generated to investigate the function of TM in these biological processes. Primary cul...
  15. Genetic and pharmacological modifications of thrombin formation in apolipoprotein e-deficient mice determine atherosclerosis severity and atherothrombosis onset in a neutrophil-dependent manner.

    PLoS ONE 8(2):e55784 (2013) PMID 23409043 PMCID PMC3567111

    Variations in the blood coagulation activity, determined genetically or by medication, may alter atherosclerotic plaque progression, by influencing pleiotropic effects of coagulation proteases. Published experimental studies have yielded contradictory findings on the role of hypercoagulability i...
  16. Thrombomodulin is required for the antithrombotic activity of thrombin mutant W215A/E217A in a mouse model of arterial thrombosis.

    Thrombosis Research 130(4):646 (2012) PMID 22178578 PMCID PMC3461961

    The thrombin mutant W215A/E217A (WE thrombin) has greatly reduced procoagulant activity, but it activates protein C in the presence of thrombomodulin and inhibits binding of platelet glycoprotein Ib to von Willebrand factor and collagen under flow conditions. Both thrombomodulin-dependent protei...
  17. Pharmacological targeting of the thrombomodulin-activated protein C pathway mitigates radiation toxicity.

    Nature Medicine 18(7):1123 (2012) PMID 22729286 PMCID PMC3491776

    Tissue damage induced by ionizing radiation in the hematopoietic and gastrointestinal systems is the major cause of lethality in radiological emergency scenarios and underlies some deleterious side effects in patients undergoing radiation therapy. The identification of target-specific interventi...
  18. Thrombomodulin is a determinant of metastasis through a mechanism linked to the thrombin binding domain but not the lectin-like domain.

    Blood 118(10):2889 (2011) PMID 21788337 PMCID PMC3172805

    Thrombomodulin (TM) is a predominantly endothelial transmembrane glycoprotein that modulates hemostatic function through a domain that controls thrombin-mediated proteolysis and an N-terminal lectin-like domain that controls inflammatory processes. To test the hypothesis that TM is a determinant...
  19. Myospryn is a calcineurin-interacting protein that negatively modulates slow-fiber-type transformation and skeletal muscle regeneration.

    FASEB Journal 25(7):2276 (2011) PMID 21427212 PMCID PMC3114531

    The calcium-calmodulin-regulated protein phosphatase calcineurin plays an important regulatory role in muscle differentiation, fiber-type determination, hypertrophy, and muscle regeneration. Because calcineurin functions in numerous processes in muscle, multiple mechanisms are likely necessary t...
  20. Critical role for Gimap5 in the survival of mouse hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells.

    Journal of Experimental Medicine 208(5):923 (2011) PMID 21502331 PMCID PMC3092340

    Mice and rats lacking the guanosine nucleotide-binding protein Gimap5 exhibit peripheral T cell lymphopenia, and Gimap5 can bind to Bcl-2. We show that Gimap5-deficient mice showed progressive multilineage failure of bone marrow and hematopoiesis. Compared with wild-type counterparts, Gimap5-def...