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Flavio Pereira, Roger de Moraes, Diogo Van Bavel, Andrea De Lorenzo, Eduardo Tibirica
Introduction: The main aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of strenuous exercise, related to special military training for riot control, on systemic microvascular endothelial function and skin capillary density. Materials and Methods: Endothelium-dependent microvascular reactivity was evaluated in the forearm skin of healthy military trainees (age 23.4 ± 2.3 yr; n = 15) using laser speckle contrast imaging coupled with cutaneous acetylcholine (ACh) iontophoresis and post-occlusive reactive hyperemia (PORH)...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Julia J Mack, M Luisa Iruela-Arispe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The formation of a hierarchical vascular network is a complex process that requires precise temporal and spatial integration of several signaling pathways. Amongst those, Notch has emerged as a key regulator of multiple steps that expand from endothelial sprouting to arterial specification and remains relevant in the adult. This review aims to summarize major concepts and rising hypotheses on the role of Notch signaling in the endothelium. RECENT FINDINGS: A wealth of new information has helped to clarify how Notch signaling cooperates with other pathways to orchestrate vascular morphogenesis, branching, and function...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
Johan G Schnitzler, Geesje M Dallinga-Thie, Jeffrey Kroon
Over the last century, many studies have demonstrated that low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a key risk factor of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) related to atherosclerosis. Thus, for these CVD patients, LDL lowering agents are commonly used in the clinic to reduce the risk for CVD. LDL, upon modification, will develop distinct inflammatory and pro-atherogenic potential, leading to impaired endothelial behavior and subsequent increased foam cell formation. LDL can also directly affect circulating monocyte composition, rendering them in a more favorable position to migrate and accumulate in the subendothelial space...
March 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Xu Zhou, Yinlong Zhang, Hongfei Wang, Bin Zhao, Jinling Wang, Guoliang Yan, Shuangyue Xu, Yuanyuan Zhou, Hongyi Liu, Yifei Zheng, Wei Quan, Jianyin Zhou, Yun Liu, Maochuan Zhen, Xuan Zhu, Yilin Zhao
To develop tissue-engineered arteries (TEAs) with collateral arteries(CAs) in ischemic hind limb goat models(IHLMs). The IHLMs created by removing femoral arteries were divided into non-treated control group(NG); non-catheter group (NCG) in which TEA was anastomosed to external iliac artery(EIA), and surrounded with collagen sponge containing autologous MSCs and VEGF-gelatin microspheres, the distal end of TEA was ligated; catheter group(CG) which received the same procedure as NCG, also received heparin infusion through catheter in EIA...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alice Huertas, Christophe Guignabert
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) Research Seminar entitled " Pulmonary Vascular Endothelium: Orchestra Conductor in Respiratory Diseases - Highlights from Basic Research to Therapy " brought together international experts of dysfunctional pulmonary endothelium, from basic science to translational medicine, to discuss several important aspects in acute and chronic lung diseases. This review will briefly sum up the different topics of discussion of this meeting held in Paris (France) on October 27th and 28th, 2016...
March 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
A Sionis, R Suades, J Sans-Roselló, M Sánchez-Martínez, J Crespo, T Padró, J Cubedo, A Ferrero-Gregori, M Vila-Perales, A Duran-Cambra, L Badimon
BACKGROUND: Cardiogenic shock (CS) is the leading cause of death in patients admitted for acute myocardial infarction (MI). Despite the recent advances in reperfusion and medical treatment mortality remains unacceptably high. Whether cells of the blood compartment in CS-patients are activated and release microparticles (cMPs) that may be both messengers and biomarkers of cell damage is not known. We aimed to investigate the cMP subtypes and parental activated cells of ST-elevation MI (STEMI)-patients complicated by CS and that of non-CS STEMI-patients (non-CS) in order to identify a cMP signature that could aid CS patient's risk stratification...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Tomáš Vaisar, Erica Couzens, Arnold Hwang, Michael Russell, Carolyn E Barlow, Laura F DeFina, Andrew N Hoofnagle, Francis Kim
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: One of the hallmarks of diabetes is impaired endothelial function. Previous studies showed that HDL can exert protective effects on endothelium stimulating NO production and protecting from inflammation and suggested that HDL in obese people with diabetes and dyslipidemia may have lower endothelial protective function. We aimed to investigate whether type 2 diabetes impairs HDL endothelium protective functions in people with otherwise normal lipid profile. METHODS: In a case-control study (n = 41 per group) nested in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study we tested the ability of HDL to protect endothelium by stimulating endothelial nitric oxide synthase activity and suppressing NFκB-mediated inflammatory response in endothelial cells...
2018: PloS One
Ting Wang, Muchen Dong, Yin Jiang, Shuting Wang, Weiyun Shi
PURPOSE: To observe the pathological changes in dendritic cells (DCs) and inflammatory cells in the corneal epithelium and endothelium using in vivo confocal microscopy during the management of herpetic endotheliitis. METHODS: A total of 110 eyes with herpetic endotheliitis were included. All patients were treated with antiviral agents combined with glucocorticoids. Changes in corneal edema were observed using slit-lamp microscopy and anterior segment optical coherence tomography...
March 14, 2018: Cornea
Charles E Norton, Steven S Segal
The sensory neurotransmitter calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is associated with vasodilation of systemic arteries through activation of ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) in smooth muscle cells (SMCs), however its effects on endothelial cell (EC) membrane potential (Vm) are unresolved. In pulmonary arteries (PAs) of C57BL/6J mice, we questioned whether CGRP would hyperpolarize ECs as well as SMCs. Intact PAs were isolated and immunostained for CGRP to confirm sensory innervation; vessel segments (length, 1-2 mm; diameter ∼150 µm) with intact or denuded endothelium were cannulated and pressurized to 16 cm H2O at 37{degree sign}C...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Alessandra Nerviani, Daniele Mauro
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is characterised by increased mortality secondary to cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Despite being common in SLE, traditional cardiovascular risk factors cannot entirely justify such increase in CVD-associated mortality. The endothelium is a key regulator of the vascular homeostasis; lupus-associated persistent systemic inflammation may impair endothelium functionality, thus initiating a cascade of events that, in concert with traditional CVD-risk factors, leads to atherosclerosis development and progression...
March 13, 2018: Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials
Yuhui Yang, Xue Liu, Yunpeng Liu, Hui Fu, Ying Gao, Xing Liu, Xiaoliang Jiang
Background and objective: Chronic inflammatory is involved in the development of salt-sensitive hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. PSGL-1 plays an important role in the inflammatory response. Methods and results: In this study, we used PSGL-1-/- and PSGL-1+/+ mice fed with high salt diet to measure the blood pressure, inflammatory response and vascular injury. We found that, in PSGL-1+/+ mice, high salt diet resulted in high blood pressure with the increased expression of serum inflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-1β and TNFɑ, vascular injury markers MCP-1, ET-1, and VWF, and renal macrophages and T cells infiltration, and endothelium-dependent acetylcholine vasodilation dysfunction...
2018: Cell & Bioscience
Shunsuke Shiina, Ayaka Kanemura, Chihiro Suzuki, Fumiko Yamaki, Keisuke Obara, Daisuke Chino, Yoshio Tanaka
Object We identified the β-adrenoceptor (β-AR) subtypes responsible for the relaxant responses to adrenaline (AD) and noradrenaline (NA) in the rat thoracic aorta and examined the role of cAMP which is involved in these relaxant responses. Methods The effects of β-AR antagonists or the adenylyl cyclase inhibitor SQ 22,536 on AD- and NA-induced relaxant responses in phenylephrine-induced contraction and increases in cAMP levels were examined in isolated, endothelium-denuded rat thoracic aorta segments. Results AD-induced relaxation was completely suppressed by propranolol (10-7  M) or by ICI-118,551 (10-8  M) plus atenolol (10-6 M), and was also very strongly inhibited by ICI-118,551 (10-8  M) alone...
2018: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
Yara Abidine, Andrei Constantinescu, Valérie M Laurent, Vinoth Sundar Rajan, Richard Michel, Valentin Laplaud, Alain Duperray, Claude Verdier
Cancer cells are usually found to be softer than normal cells, but their stiffness changes when they are in contact with different environments because of mechanosensitivity. For example, they adhere to a given substrate by tuning their cytoskeleton, thus affecting their rheological properties. This mechanism could become efficient when cancer cells invade the surrounding tissues, and they have to remodel their cytoskeleton in order to achieve particular deformations. Here we use an atomic force microscope in force modulation mode to study how local rheological properties of cancer cells are affected by a change of the environment...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Junhua Mai, Xin Li, Guodong Zhang, Yi Huang, Rong Xu, Qi Shen, Ganesh Lakshmana Rao Lokesh, Varatharasa Thiviyanathan, Lingxiao Chen, Haoran Liu, Youli Zu, Xiaojing Ma, David E Volk, David G Gorenstein, Mauro Ferrari, Haifa Shen
Selective drug accumulation in the malignant tissue is a prerequisite for effective cancer treatment. However, most drug molecules and their formulated particles are blocked en route to the destiny tissue due to the existence of multiple biological and physical barriers including the tumor microvessel endothelium. Since the endothelial cells on the surface of the microvessel wall can be modulated by inflammatory cytokines and chemokines secreted by the tumor or stromal cells, an effective drug delivery approach is to enhance interaction between the drug particles and the unique spectrum of surface proteins on the tumor endothelium...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Erika Gucciardo, Sirpa Loukovaara, Ani Korhonen, Pauliina Repo, Beatriz Martins, Helena Vihinen, Eija Jokitalo, Kaisa Lehti
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) is a major diabetic microvascular complication characterized by pathological angiogenesis. Several retinopathy animal models have been developed to study the disease mechanisms and putative targets. However, knowledge on the human proliferative disease remains incomplete, relying on steady-state results from thin histological neovascular tissue sections and vitreous samples. New translational models are thus required to comprehensively understand the disease pathophysiology and develop improved therapeutic interventions...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Pathology
L V Tat'yanenko, N A Sanina, O V Dobrokhotova, A I Kotelnikov, N S Goryachev, I I Pihteleva, G I Kozub, T A Kondrateva
The effect of iron nitrosyl complexes, NO donors, of a general formula [Fe2 (L)2 (NO)4 ] with functional sulfur-containing ligands (L-3-nitro-phenol-2-yl, 4-nitro-phenol-2-yl, or 1-methyl-tetrazol-5-yl) on the activity of sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ -ATPase and cyclic guanosine monophosphate phosphodiesterase (cGMP PDE) was studied. The test complexes uncoupled the hydrolytic and transport functions of Ca2+ - ATPase, thus disturbing the balance of Ca2+ ions in cells, which may affect the formation of thrombi and adhesion of metastatic cells to the endothelium of capillaries...
January 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Charlie Bridgewood, Gareth W Fearnley, Anna Berekmeri, Philip Laws, Tom Macleod, Sreenivasan Ponnambalam, Martin Stacey, Anne Graham, Miriam Wittmann
The IL-1 family member cytokine IL-36γ is recognised as key mediator in the immunopathology of psoriasis, hallmarks of which involve the activation of both resident and infiltrating inflammatory myeloid cells and aberrant angiogenesis. This research demonstrates a role for IL-36γ in both myeloid activation and angiogenesis. We show that IL-36γ induces the production of psoriasis-associated cytokines from macrophages (IL-23 and TNFα) and that this response is enhanced in macrophages from psoriasis patients...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Elizabeth Harford-Wright, Julie Gavard
Glioblastoma multiforme are mortifying brain tumors that contain a subpopulation of tumor cells with stem-like properties, termed as glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs). These GSCs constitute an autonomous reservoir of aberrant cells able to initiate, maintain, and repopulate the tumor mass. A new therapeutic strategy would consist of targeting the GSC population. The GSCs are situated in perivascular niches, closely associated with brain microvascular endothelial cells thereby involved in bidirectional molecular and cellular interactions...
2018: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
Véronique Beaulieu Leclerc, Olivier Roy, Kim Santerre, Stéphanie Proulx
Human corneal endothelial cells (HCECs) easily become fibroblastic-like when cultured, rendering them unsuitable for tissue engineering of the cornea. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) could be a key factor in this phenomenon; however, TGF-β is also known to maintain the endothelium in a quiescent state in vivo. This work aimed to compare the effects of TGF-β1 on the phenotype of HCECs during the proliferation and maturation phases. Our results show that addition of TGF-β1 during the active proliferation phase produced fibroblastic HCECs and loss of the cell junction markers ZO-1 and n-cadherin, independent from the presence of epidermal growth factor (EGF)...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Katalin Szabó, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Nóra Lampé, Rita Kiss, Judit Remenyik, Georgina Pesti-Asbóth, Dániel Priksz, Zoltán Szilvássy, Béla Juhász
Fenugreek is a common herb possessing several bioactive components including diosgenin. Here, dietary fenugreek seed flour and diosgenin were evaluated on a model of endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation by abdominal aortas isolated from rats receiving high-fat, high-sugar diet (HFHSD). 60 male Wistar rats were randomized into six groups: (i) negative control getting conventional rat feed regimen; (ii) positive control receiving HFHSD; (iii) a test group fed 2 g/kg bw/day fenugreek seed flour (containing 10 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin) + HFHSD; (iv) three test groups fed 1, 10 and 50 mg/kg bw/day diosgenin + HFHSD...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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