Diseases as common as cancer, diabetes associated blindness and coronary arteriosclerosis, and as rare as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiecstasia (HHT), a chronic, bleeding ailment, would benefit from exogenous control of angiogenesis. Gene ablation in mice has shown that the transforming growth factor (TGF) beta signal transduction pathway is essential for normal vasculogenesis and angiogenesis while mutations in TGF beta-receptors cause HHT. Treatments of vascular disease based on interference with local ligand concentrations are not feasible because of side effects on the immune system and fibrosis. Here, we will use state-of-the-art technology to identify target genes downstream of activated receptors in vascular cells and develop cell culture and animal models for vascular disease associated with defective TGF beta signalling.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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