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Journal of Vascular Research

Aimee E Vozenilek, Matthew Vetkoetter, Jonette M Green, Xinggui Shen, James G Traylor, Ronald L Klein, A Wayne Orr, Matthew D Woolard, David M Krzywanski
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) contribute to inflammation and vascular remodeling during atherosclerotic plaque formation. C57BL/6N (6N) and C57BL/6J (6J) mice display distinct mitochondrial redox balance due to the absence of nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase (NNT) in 6J mice. We hypothesize that differential NNT expression between these animals alters plaque development. METHODS: 6N and 6J mice were treated with AAV8-PCSK9 (adeno-associated virus serotype 8/proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) virus leading to hypercholesterolemia, increased low-density lipoprotein, and atherosclerosis in mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Mária Szekeres, György L Nádasy, Gabriella Dörnyei, Annamária Szénási, Akos Koller
PURPOSE: Exercise elicits early adaptation of coronary vessels enabling the coronary circulation to respond adequately to higher flow demands. We hypothesized that short-term daily exercise induces biomechanical and functional remodeling of the coronary resistance arteries related to pressure. METHODS: Male rats were subjected to a progressively increasing 4-week treadmill exercise program (over 60 min/day, 1 mph in the final step). In vitro pressure-diameter measurements were performed on coronary segments (119 ± 5 μm in diameter at 50 mm Hg) with microarteriography...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Min Young Ahn, Sun Ah Ham, Taesik Yoo, Won Jin Lee, Jung Seok Hwang, Kyung Shin Paek, Dae-Seog Lim, Sung Gu Han, Chi-Ho Lee, Han Geuk Seo
Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is implicated in vascular diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as abdominal aortic aneurysms, ischemia-reperfusion injury, and atherosclerosis. However, the regulatory mechanisms underlying TSP-1 expression are not fully elucidated. In this study, we found that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ) inhibited oxidative stress-induced TSP-1 expression and migration in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Activation of PPARδ by GW501516, a specific ligand for PPARδ, significantly attenuated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced expression of TSP-1 in VSMCs...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Keisuke Hashimoto, Hirona Kugo, Hiroki Tanaka, Kazuko Iwamoto, Chie Miyamoto, Tetsumei Urano, Naoki Unno, Kohsuke Hayamizu, Nobuhiro Zaima, Tatsuya Moriyama
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a vascular disease characterized by chronic inflammation in the infrarenal aorta. Most cases of AAA remain asymptomatic until rupture, and the mortality rate of patients with AAA rupture is very high. Currently, the relation between dietary habits and AAA development remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the effects of a high-fat diet on the development of AAA in a vascular hypoperfusion-induced animal model. The risk of AAA rupture and AAA diameter in the high-fat group significantly increased compared with those in the control group...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Claudio Molinari, Vera Morsanuto, Simona Polli, Francesca Uberti
This work demonstrates the cooperative effect of Q10, vitamin D3, and L-arginine on both cardiac and endothelial cells. The effects of Q10, L-arginine, and vitamin D3 alone or combined on cell viability, nitric oxide, and reactive oxygen species productions in endothelial and cardiac cells were studied. Moreover, the involvement of PI3K/Akt and ERK/MAPK pathways leading to eNOS activation as well as the involvement of vitamin D receptor were also investigated. The same agents were tested in an animal model to verify vasodilation, nitric oxide, and reactive oxygen species production...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Kirsten Riches, Emily Clark, Rebecca J Helliwell, Timothy G Angelini, Karen E Hemmings, Marc A Bailey, Katherine I Bridge, D Julian A Scott, Karen E Porter
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a silent, progressive disease with a high mortality and an increasing prevalence with aging. Smooth muscle cell (SMC) dysfunction contributes to gradual dilatation and eventual rupture of the aorta. Here we studied phenotypic characteristics in SMC cultured from end-stage human AAA (≥5 cm) and cells cultured from a porcine carotid artery (PCA) model of early and end-stage aneurysm. Human AAA-SMC presented a secretory phenotype and expressed elevated levels of the differentiation marker miR-145 (2...
2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Siqin Zhaorigetu, Henry Bair, Jonathan Lu, Di Jin, Scott D Olson, Matthew T Harting
Although it is well known that nitrofen induces congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), including CDH-associated lung hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension (PH) in rodents, the mechanism of pathogenesis remains largely unclear. It has been reported that pulmonary artery (PA) endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction contributes to the development of PH in CDH. Thus, we hypothesized that there is significant alteration of endothelial dysfunction-associated proteins in nitrofen-induced CDH PAs. Pregnant SD rats received either nitrofen or olive oil on gestational day 9...
2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Vasileios G Chantzichristos, Fani Gkrozou, Konstantinos Stellos, Minas E Paschopoulos, Alexandros D Tselepis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Platelets affect endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) functionality, inducing their differentiation into mature endothelial cells. However, it remains to be established whether EPCs can influence platelet functionality. METHODS: Mononuclear proangiogenic cells (MPCs) and early outgrowth cells (EOCs) were prepared from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, whereas late-outgrowth endothelial cells (OECs) were prepared from cord blood CD34+ cells. The effect of the above cells and their supernatants on washed platelet aggregation was studied...
2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Evan H Phillips, Mandy S Chang, Sydney Gorman, Hamna J Qureshi, Karin F K Ejendal, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, A Nicole Blaize, Craig J Goergen
The apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) mouse model has advanced our understanding of cardiovascular disease mechanisms and experimental therapeutics. This spontaneous model recapitulates aspects of human atherosclerosis, and allows for the development of dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) when combined with angiotensin II. We characterized apoE-/- rats and hypothesized that, similar to mice, they would develop dissecting AAAs. We created rats with a 16-bp deletion of the apoE gene using transcription activator-like effector nucleases...
2018: Journal of Vascular Research
Qinghao Zhang, Jörg C Gerlach, Eva Schmelzer, Ian Nettleship
Foamed hydroxyapatite offers a three-dimensional scaffold for the development of bone constructs, mimicking perfectly the in vivo bone structure. In vivo, calcium release at the surface is assumed to provide a locally increased gradient supporting the maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cells niche. We fabricated hydroxyapatite scaffolds with high surface calcium concentration by infiltration, and used human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as a model to study the effects on hematopoietic lineage direction...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Li Liu, Youde Jiang, Jena J Steinle
We reported that β-adrenergic receptors regulate toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling in the retina of diabetic mice and in retinal endothelial cells (REC) and Müller cells. We hypothesized that TLR4 regulates retinal permeability both in vitro and in vivo in the retinal vasculature. We used REC cultured in normal and high-glucose conditions and TLR4 siRNA treatments for cell culture studies of permeability and protein analyses of tumor necrosis factor α, occludin, and zonula occludens 1 (ZO-1). We used endothelial cell (EC)-specific Cre-Lox TLR4 knockout mice to study retinal permeability and neuronal and vascular changes following exposure to ocular ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) used as a retinal stressor...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Ivan Ivic, Margit Solymar, Balazs D Fulop, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Gabor Toth, Andrea Tamas, Tamas Juhasz, Akos Koller, Dora Reglodi
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP; 1-38 and 1-27) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) are related neuropeptides of the secretin/glucagon family. Overlapping signaling through G-protein-coupled receptors mediates their vasomotor activity. We previously showed that PACAP deficiency (PACAP-KO) shifts the mechanisms of vascular response and maintains arterial relaxation through the VIP backup mechanism and (mainly) its VPAC1R, but their age-dependent modulation is still unknown. We hypothesized that backup mechanisms exist, which maintain the vasomotor activity of these peptides also in older age...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Dominga Lapi, Teresa Mastantuono, Martina Di Maro, Maurizio Varanini, Antonio Colantuoni
This study aimed to analyze the frequency components present in spontaneous rhythmic diameter changes in rat pial arterioles. Pial microcirculation was visualized by fluorescence microscopy. Rhythmic luminal variations were evaluated via computer-assisted methods. Spectral analysis was carried out on 30-min recordings under baseline conditions and after administration of acetylcholine (Ach), papaverine (Pap), Nω-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA) prior to Ach, indomethacin (INDO), INDO prior to Ach, charybdotoxin and apamin, and charybdotoxin and apamin prior to Ach...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Xu Tang, Ling-Ling Qian, Ru-Xing Wang, Yong Yao, Shi-Peng Dang, Ying Wu, Wen Wang, Yuan Ji, Man-Qing Sun, Da-Yun Xia, Xiao-Yu Liu, Dai-Min Zhang, Qiang Chai, Tong Lu
AIM: The objective of this study was to examine the effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) on coronary arterial large conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channel function in coronary smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. METHODS: The effects of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on coronary BK channel open probabilities were determined using the patch clamp technique. The mRNA and protein expressions of BK channel subunits were measured using qRT-PCR and Western blots...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Gabi Demetz, Robert A J Oostendorp, A Melanie Boxberg, Wibke Sitz, Eliane Farrell, Birgit Steppich, Anna-Lena Steinsiek, Martina Rudelius, Ilka Ott
Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) are mediators of growth hormone-induced metabolic and anabolic actions, but also regulate cell growth, differentiation, and apoptosis and show beneficial effects in acute myocardial ischemia. Since endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) improve myocardial function after acute myocardial infarction, we sought to investigate whether overexpression of IGF-2 in expanded EPCs (eEPCs) further contributes to improvement in left ventricular function after myocardial infarction. EPCs were isolated from human cord blood and transduced by a retroviral vector expression of IGF-2 (IGF-2 eEPCs) or vector only...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Kristoffer Flintholm Raft, Daria Frestad, Marie Mide Michelsen, Hannah Elena Suhrs, Anna Bay Rask, Malin Nilsson, Thomas Steffen Hermann, Eva Prescott
PURPOSE: We investigated whether impaired flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and plasma biomarkers reflecting endothelial dysfunction are associated with coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) in women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Patients (n = 194) were randomly selected women with angina pectoris and no obstructive CAD (<50% stenosis). A reference population of asymptomatic women without CAD (n = 25) was included. We measured FMD in the brachial artery by high-resolution ultrasound...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Xiuli Zhou, Liwen Liang, Yan Zhao, Hong Zhang
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to investigate whether epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) shows antioxidant activity against angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The viability of HUVECs was revealed by MTT and LDH assay. The cell apoptosis was detected by FITC-PI assay. A fluorescent probe assay was used to measure the reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in HUVECs. Mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP) opening, mitochondrial membrane potential, and caspase-3, -4, -8, -9 activities were also measured...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Erin M Anderson, Eduardo A Silva, Yibai Hao, Kathleen D Martinick, Sarah A Vermillion, Alexander G Stafford, Elisabeth G Doherty, Lin Wang, Edward J Doherty, Paul M Grossman, David J Mooney
Biomaterial-based delivery of angiogenic growth factors restores perfusion more effectively than bolus delivery methods in rodent models of peripheral vascular disease, but the same success has not yet been demonstrated in clinically relevant studies of aged or large animals. These studies explore, in clinically relevant models, a therapeutic angiogenesis strategy for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease that overcomes the challenges encountered in previous clinical trials. Alginate hydrogels providing sustained release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF) were injected into ischemic hind limbs in middle-aged and old mice, and also in young rabbits, as a test of the scalability of this local growth factor treatment...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Micah L Battson, Dustin M Lee, Dillon K Jarrell, Shoufei Hou, Kayl E Ecton, Anna B Phan, Christopher L Gentile
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has emerged as a potential mechanism contributing to diabetes and its comorbidities. However, the importance of ER stress in diabetic vascular dysfunction is unclear. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the ER stress inhibitor, tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), on arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetic mice. METHODS: Carotid and mesenteric artery endothelial function were assessed via ex vivo pressure myography, and arterial stiffness was measured by aortic pulse wave velocity...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
Koichiro Tanahashi, Keisei Kosaki, Yuriko Sawano, Toru Yoshikawa, Kaname Tagawa, Hiroshi Kumagai, Nobuhiko Akazawa, Seiji Maeda
Hemodynamic shear stress is the frictional force of blood on the arterial wall. The shear pattern in the conduit artery affects the endothelium and may participate in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. We investigated the role of the shear pattern in age- and aerobic exercise-induced changes in conduit artery wall thickness via cross-sectional and interventional studies. In a cross-sectional study, we found that brachial shear rate patterns and brachial artery intima-media thickness (IMT) correlated with age...
2017: Journal of Vascular Research
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