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Overexpression of EMT genes in endothelial cells during endothelial mesenchymal transition (fapesp/mit)

Processo: 10/51962-9
Linha de fomento:Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular
Vigência: 01 de janeiro de 2011 - 31 de dezembro de 2012
Área do conhecimento:Ciências Biológicas - Genética - Genética Humana e Médica
Convênio/Acordo: MIT
Pesquisador responsável:Dimas Tadeu Covas
Beneficiário:Dimas Tadeu Covas
Pesq. responsável no exterior: Robert Allan Weinberg
Instituição no exterior: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Estados Unidos
Instituição-sede: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brasil
Assunto(s):Expressão gênica  Células endoteliais  Transição epitelial-mesenquimal 

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Endothelial Mesenchymal Transition (EndMT) is categorized as a specialized form of Epithelial Mesenchymal transition (EMT) that occurs in embryonic development during the formation of the heart valves and is considered one of the possible causes of fibrosis. There are some evidences that activated fibroblasts of the tumor stroma may derive from endothelial cells or its precursor cells that underwent an EndMT. The principal aim of this collaboration project is to investigate if endothelial cells (ECs) could generate mesenchymal cells (MSCs) through EndMT. For this purpose, EMT-related transcription factors will be overexpressed in ECs and we will verify whether they are able to induce an EndMT and, if the EndMT occurs, what is the role of these MSCs or mesenchymal-like cells in the tumor formation. In this regard, morphological, molecular and functional analysis will be conducted in these MSCs-derived ECs population. (AU)