Cell signaling in sterile inflammation.  

We study cell signaling pathways activated after sterile inflammation. Extracellular histones are elevated after trauma and have been linked to endotheliopathy. Using intact vascular preparations from mice and human subjects, we found that histones induce large endothelial calcium transients which are paradoxically uncoupled from vasodilation and instead lead to cell death. The results of these studies provide mechanistic insight into the fundamental mechanisms of endothelial injury in sterile inflammation. This  NIH-funded research has provided a critical and necessary basis for the development of novel therapeutic strategies that can protect the endothelium, decrease edema and multi-organ failure, and improve survival after trauma.

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