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dc.contributor.advisorSweeney, Gary
dc.creatorDang, Thanh Que
dc.description.abstractAltered permeability of the endothelial barrier in a variety of tissues has implications both in disease pathogenesis and treatment. Glucocorticoids are potent mediators of endothelial permeability and this forms the basis for their heavily-prescribed use as medications to treat ocular disease. However, the effect of glucocorticoids on endothelial barriers elsewhere in the body is less well-studied. Here we investigated glucocorticoid-mediated changes in endothelial flux of Adiponectin (Ad), a hormone with a critical role in diabetes. First, we used monolayers of endothelial cells in vitro and found that the glucocorticoid dexamethasone increased transendothelial electrical resistance and reduced permeability of polyethylene glycol (PEG, molecular weight 4000kDa). Dexamethasone reduced flux of Ad from the apical to basolateral side, measured both by ELISA and Western blotting. We then examined a diabetic rat model induced by treatment with exogenous corticosterone, which was characterized by glucose intolerance and hyperinsulinemia
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dc.titleInvestigate of Changes in Glucose Homeostasis by Modulating Endothelial Permeability
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Science's
dc.subject.keywordsEndothelial transport
dc.subject.keywordsHydraulic conductivity
dc.subject.keywordsTight junctions

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