Bianca Fuhrman


Affiliation: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Country: Israel


  1. Kiyan Y, Tkachuk S, Hilfiker Kleiner D, Haller H, Fuhrman B, Dumler I. oxLDL induces inflammatory responses in vascular smooth muscle cells via urokinase receptor association with CD36 and TLR4. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2014;66:72-82 pubmed publisher
    ..They further point to specific function of each component of this cluster in mediating the ultimate signaling pattern. ..
  2. Fuhrman B. The urokinase system in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis. 2012;222:8-14 pubmed publisher
    ..An imbalance in the uPA/uPAR system leads to dis-orders in tissue structure and function. This review summarizes recent progress in understanding the role and mechanisms of the uPA/uPAR system in atherogenesis. ..
  3. Paland N, Gamliel Lazarovich A, Coleman R, Fuhrman B. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) stimulates triglyceride synthesis in Huh7 hepatoma cells via p38-dependent upregulation of DGAT2. Atherosclerosis. 2014;237:200-7 pubmed publisher
    ..This study presents a new biological function of the uPA/uPAR system in the metabolism of triglycerides and might present a new target for an early therapeutic intervention for NAFLD. ..
  4. Fuhrman B, Volkova N, Aviram M. Pomegranate juice polyphenols increase recombinant paraoxonase-1 binding to high-density lipoprotein: studies in vitro and in diabetic patients. Nutrition. 2010;26:359-66 pubmed publisher
    ..We conclude that 1) oxidative stress impairs binding of fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled rePON1 to HDL and 2) PJ polyphenols directly increase the HDL-rePON1 association beyond their antioxidative effect. ..
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    Fuhrman B, Volkova N, Coleman R, Aviram M. Grape powder polyphenols attenuate atherosclerosis development in apolipoprotein E deficient (E0) mice and reduce macrophage atherogenicity. J Nutr. 2005;135:722-8 pubmed
    ..Both of these processes can eventually reduce macrophage cholesterol accumulation and foam cell formation and hence attenuate atherosclerosis development. ..
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    Fuhrman B, Partoush A, Volkova N, Aviram M. Ox-LDL induces monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation in vivo: Possible role for the macrophage colony stimulating factor receptor (M-CSF-R). Atherosclerosis. 2008;196:598-607 pubmed
    ..We thus conclude that Ox-LDL induces monocyte differentiation to macrophages in vivo and this phenomenon involves activation of the M-CSF-receptor. ..
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    Fuhrman B, Nitzan O, Karry R, Volkova N, Dumler I, Aviram M. Urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) stimulates cholesterol biosynthesis in macrophages through activation of SREBP-1 in a PI3-kinase and MEK-dependent manner. Atherosclerosis. 2007;195:e108-16 pubmed
    ..These findings provide new insight into the atherogenicity of uPA and may suggest new novel therapeutic means. ..
  8. Fuhrman B, Khateeb J, Shiner M, Nitzan O, Karry R, Volkova N, et al. Urokinase plasminogen activator upregulates paraoxonase 2 expression in macrophages via an NADPH oxidase-dependent mechanism. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2008;28:1361-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Upregulation of macrophage PON2 may provide a compensatory protective mechanism against uPA-stimulation of macrophage oxidative stress during atherogenesis. ..
  9. Fuhrman B, Gantman A, Aviram M. Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) deficiency in mice is associated with reduced expression of macrophage SR-BI and consequently the loss of HDL cytoprotection against apoptosis. Atherosclerosis. 2010;211:61-8 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings add new insights into the function of SR-BI in macrophages, and define the potential role of PON1 in regulating SR-BI-mediated HDL protection against macrophages apoptosis. ..

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  1. Fuhrman B, Gantman A, Khateeb J, Volkova N, Horke S, Kiyan J, et al. Urokinase activates macrophage PON2 gene transcription via the PI3K/ROS/MEK/SREBP-2 signalling cascade mediated by the PDGFR-beta. Cardiovasc Res. 2009;84:145-54 pubmed publisher