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Title: Rudhira is a cytoskeletal protein that regulates directional cell migration during vascular development
Authors: Inamdar, Maneesha S.
Jain, Mamta
Keywords: Cell migration
Vascular development
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Citation: Jain, Mamta. 2012, Rudhira is a cytoskeletal protein that regulates directional cell migration during vascular development, Ph.D thesis, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru
Abstract: Vascular development during embryogenesis is tightly regulated and occurs at two distinct locations - extra-embryonic yolk sac and embryo proper (Coultas et al., 2005). The endothelial precursors at both locations coalesce to form the primary capillary plexus. This primitive vasculature then undergoes remodelling to form a hierarchical vascular tree comprising of veins, arteries and capillaries (Carmeliet and Jain, 2011; Coultas et al., 2005). The intricate network of vessels forms as an outcome of the complex interplay of highly regulated gene networks. Epigenetic mechanisms such as hemodynamics also play an important role in establishing the final vascular architecture (Jones et al., 2006). The endothelium remains quiescent after birth but gets reactivated in certain situations like during wound healing or in the female reproductive system to establish a new vessel network in a well-controlled manner (Papetti and Herman, 2002). In contrast, the new vessels formed as a result of aberrant activation of endothelium contribute to several diseases such as ischemia, retinopathies and tumors (Carmeliet, 2003; Chung et al., 2010). Understanding the complex molecular signals that establish and maintain a normal vascular network may aid in designing effective pro- or antiangiogenic therapies to overcome several diseases.
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