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ty and at later stages fibrosis are prominent features of this disease. In conclusion, in this report we demonstrate for the first time that Glis3 interacts with several members of the HECT E3 ubiquitin ligase family. Interaction with Itch leads to increased polyubiquitination and proteasomal 345627-80-7 degradation of Glis3, which consequently results in reduced Glis3 transcriptional activation, including that of the insulin promoter. Our study identifies Itch as a novel negative regulator of Glis3-mediated transcription and Glis3 functions. Glis3 plays a critical role in beta cell generation and insulin regulation and is implicated in the development of type 1 and 2 diabetes. These findings, together with reports showing that ubiquitination of two other critical cell transcription factors, Pdx-1 and MafA, support the important role of ubiquitination in the control of cell functions. ~~ Angiogenesis is a complex and tightly regulated process that forms new blood microvessels. Vascular endothelial growth factor is one of PubMed ID:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19741364 the most potent angiogenic stimulators. The VEGF pathway plays a critical role in ischemic angiogenesis and tumor growth through diverse mechanisms. VEGFA binds to two receptors tyrosine kinases, VEGF receptor 1 and VEGF receptor 2. VEGFR2 is expressed mainly in 1 / 18 VEGFR-1 Signaling Induces Angiogenesis endothelial cells. VEGFR1 is expressed not only in endothelial cells, but also in hematopoietic stem cells and inflammatory cells, such as monocytes and macrophages, in which it regulates chemotaxis. VEGFR1 binds VEGFA with an affinity approximately 10 times higher than that of VEGFR2, but its precise biological mechanism is not fully understood. VEGFR2null mice fail to develop blood vessels and die in utero, indicating that VEGFR2 signaling is essential for the development of the vascular system. By contrast, VEGFR1-null mice exhibit overgrowth and disorganization of blood vessels, which suggests that VEGFR1 is a PubMed ID:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19744340 negative regulator of angiogenesis during embryonic development. However, transgenic mice expressing a variant of VEGFR1 that lacks the tyrosine kinase domain look healthy with normal blood vessel formation. During the healing of wounds and gastric ulcers, expression of VEGF and VEGF receptors is elevated. However, it remains unknown whether VEGFR1 signaling is essential for ischemic recovery and angiogenesis. Bone marrow -derived cells are composed of hematopoietic stem cells and other types of precursor cells has an important role in tissue repair and regeneration. VEGF, assisted in part by VEGFR1, helps recruit BM-derived cells to ischemic tissue by stimulating the release of stromal-derived factor -1 from platelets. This factor promotes the retention of BM-derived cells at damaged sites through its receptor, C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 . The mobilization of cells that express VEGFR1 and CXCR4 to sites of angiogenesis in ischemic tissues is critical for revascularization, suggesting that VEGFR1 signaling is potentially important. We have already reported that BM-derived CXCR4+VEGFR1+ induce gastric ulcer healing and tumor metastasis, but it remains unclear whether VEGFR1 signaling and the recruitment of BM cells are involved in the recovery of ischemic tissues remains to be elucidated. We investigated the role of VEGFR1 signaling in the recovery from ischemia by using a domain-specific knockout mouse lacking the VEGFR1 intracellular tyrosine kinase domain. We also examined whether recovery was facilitated by the