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Mario C. Rico, MD

Mario C. Rico, MD


Assistant Professor, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center

Telephone:  215-707-8488

Fax:  215-707-3005

Email: marior@temple.edu


Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center


Educational Background:


Undergraduate degree, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia


MD, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 1989


Internship, San Juan de Dios Hospital, Bogotá, Colombia

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CLINICAL Interests:


For several years, I have been studying the relationship of inflammation and hemostasis in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in particular the role of leukocytes and platelets in inflammation and the pathways involved in the increase of cardiovascular risk observed in patients afflicted with autoimmune diseases.


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research Interests:


In our laboratories, we are investigating the role of a novel pro-inflammatory axis comprised of thrombospondin-1 (TSP1), transforming growth factor (TGF) beta and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in rheumatoid arthritis and the contribution provided by platelets, leukocytes and synoviocytes for the axis to be assembled.


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professional affiliations:

  • International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis

  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • American Society for Cellular Biology
  • American Public Health Association

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

25617052. Fisher PW, Zhao Y, Rico MC, Massicotte VS, Wade CK, Litvin J, Bove GM, Popoff SN, Barbe MF, Increased CCN2, substance P and tissue fibrosis are associated with sensorimotor declines in a rat model of repetitive overuse injury. J Cell Commun Signal 9:1(37-54)2015 Mar

24142066. Liverani E, Rico MC, Yaratha L, Tsygankov AY, Kilpatrick LE, Kunapuli SP, LPS-induced systemic inflammation is more severe in P2Y12 null mice. J Leukoc Biol 95:2(313-23)2014 Feb

23945636. Igbre AO, Rico MC, Garg SJ, High-speed optical coherence tomography as a reliable adjuvant tool to grade ocular anterior chamber inflammation. Retina 34:3(504-8)2014 Mar

23861957. Garcia AE, Rico MC, Liverani E, DeLa Cadena RA, Bray PF, Kunapuli SP, Erosive arthritis and hepatic granuloma formation induced by peptidoglycan polysaccharide in rats is aggravated by prasugrel treatment. PLoS One 8:7(e69093)2013

23097214. Liverani E, Rico MC, Garcia AE, Kilpatrick LE, Kunapuli SP, Prasugrel metabolites inhibit neutrophil functions. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 344:1(231-43)2013 Jan

22362759. Bynagari-Settipalli YS, Lakhani P, Jin J, Bhavaraju K, Rico MC, Kim S, Woulfe D, Kunapuli SP, Protein kinase C isoform e negatively regulates ADP-induced calcium mobilization and thromboxane generation in platelets. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 32:5(1211-9)2012 May

22080699. Viera E, Colón D, Alonso Y, Armas J, Rico MC, Diaz R, Pagan A, Del Carpio-Cano F, DeLa Cadena RA, Improving patient provider communication for Latinos at Temple University Hospital and Temple University School of Medicine. J Health Care Poor Underserved 22:4(1144-50)2011 Nov

22028806. Garcia AE, Mada SR, Rico MC, Dela Cadena RA, Kunapuli SP, Clopidogrel, a P2Y12 receptor antagonist, potentiates the inflammatory response in a rat model of peptidoglycan polysaccharide-induced arthritis. PLoS One 6:10(e26035)2011

21889790. Rico MC, Rough JJ, Manns JM, Del Carpio-Cano F, Safadi FF, Kunapuli SP, DeLa Cadena RA, Assembly of the prothrombinase complex on the surface of human foreskin fibroblasts: Implications for connective tissue growth factor. Thromb Res 129:6(801-6)2012 Jun

21302290. Arosarena OA, Del Carpio-Cano FE, Dela Cadena RA, Rico MC, Nwodim E, Safadi FF, Comparison of bone morphogenetic protein-2 and osteoactivin for mesenchymal cell differentiation: effects of bolus and continuous administration. J Cell Physiol 226:11(2943-52)2011 Nov

19485899. Rico MC, Rough JJ, Del Carpio-Cano FE, Kunapuli SP, DeLa Cadena RA, The axis of thrombospondin-1, transforming growth factor beta and connective tissue growth factor: an emerging therapeutic target in rheumatoid arthritis. Curr Vasc Pharmacol 8:3(338-43)2010 May

18674744. Rico MC, Manns JM, Driban JB, Uknis AB, Kunapuli SP, Dela Cadena RA, Thrombospondin-1 and transforming growth factor beta are pro-inflammatory molecules in rheumatoid arthritis. Transl Res 152:2(95-8)2008 Aug

18555216. Abdelmagid SM, Barbe MF, Rico MC, Salihoglu S, Arango-Hisijara I, Selim AH, Anderson MG, Owen TA, Popoff SN, Safadi FF, Osteoactivin, an anabolic factor that regulates osteoblast differentiation and function. Exp Cell Res 314:13(2334-51)2008 Aug 1

17219411. Rico MC, Castaneda JL, Manns JM, Uknis AB, Sainz IM, Safadi FF, Popoff SN, Dela Cadena RA, Amelioration of inflammation, angiogenesis and CTGF expression in an arthritis model by a TSP1-derived peptide treatment. J Cell Physiol 211:2(504-12)2007 May

17133352. Arnott JA, Nuglozeh E, Rico MC, Arango-Hisijara I, Odgren PR, Safadi FF, Popoff SN, Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) is a downstream mediator for TGF-beta1-induced extracellular matrix production in osteoblasts. J Cell Physiol 210:3(843-52)2007 Mar

17111364. Song JJ, Aswad R, Kanaan RA, Rico MC, Owen TA, Barbe MF, Safadi FF, Popoff SN, Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) acts as a downstream mediator of TGF-beta1 to induce mesenchymal cell condensation. J Cell Physiol 210:2(398-410)2007 Feb

16869004. Manns JM, Uknis AB, Rico MC, Agelan A, Castaneda J, Arango I, Barbe MF, Safadi FF, Popoff SN, DeLa Cadena RA, A peptide from thrombospondin 1 modulates experimental erosive arthritis by regulating connective tissue growth factor. Arthritis Rheum 54:8(2415-22)2006 Aug

15258926. Litvin J, Selim AH, Montgomery MO, Lehmann K, Rico MC, Devlin H, Bednarik DP, Safadi FF, Expression and function of periostin-isoforms in bone. J Cell Biochem 92:5(1044-61)2004 Aug 1

11746512. Safadi FF, Xu J, Smock SL, Rico MC, Owen TA, Popoff SN, Cloning and characterization of osteoactivin, a novel cDNA expressed in osteoblasts. J Cell Biochem 84:1(12-26)2001

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