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vascular smooth muscle cell senescence and DNA damage

Aarti Shah, Kelly Gray, Nichola Figg, Alison Finigan, Lakshi Starks, Martin Bennett
Background -Atherosclerotic plaques demonstrate extensive accumulation of oxidative DNA damage, predominantly as 8-oxoguanine (8oxoG) lesions. 8oxoG is repaired by base excision repair (BER) enzymes; however, the mechanisms regulating 8oxoG accumulation in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and its effects on their function and in atherosclerosis are unknown. Methods -We studied levels of 8oxoG and its regulatory enzymes in human atherosclerosis, the mechanisms regulating 8oxoG repair and the BER enzyme 8oxoG DNA glycosylase I (OGG1) in VSMCs in vitro, and the effects of reducing 8oxoG in VSMCs in atherosclerosis in ApoE-/- mice...
April 11, 2018: Circulation
Stefan Blunder, Barbara Messner, Bernhard Scharinger, Christian Doppler, Iris Zeller, Andreas Zierer, Günther Laufer, David Bernhard
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite the potential life-threatening consequences of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs), the pathogenesis of these diseases is still poorly understood. While some aspects of TAA formation have been elucidated, the role of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in both bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated and degenerative tricuspid aortic valve (TAV)-associated TAAs has not yet been fully unravelled. Thus, this work was aimed at uncovering processes in SMC biology that may contribute to TAA formation...
April 2018: Atherosclerosis
Mandy O J Grootaert, Manon Moulis, Lynn Roth, Wim Martinet, Cécile Vindis, Martin R Bennett, Guido R Y De Meyer
In the present review, we describe the causes and consequences of loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) or their function in advanced atherosclerotic plaques and discuss possible mechanisms such as cell death or senescence, and induction of autophagy to promote cell survival. We also highlight the potential use of pharmacological modulators of these processes to limit plaque progression and/or improve plaque stability. VSMCs play a pivotal role in atherogenesis. Loss of VSMCs via initiation of cell death leads to fibrous cap thinning and promotes necrotic core formation and calcification...
March 15, 2018: Cardiovascular 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
Lei Lv, Meng Ye, Rundan Duan, Kai Yuan, Jiaquan Chen, Wei Liang, Zhaoxiong Zhou, Lan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Pin1 is prevalently overexpressed in human cancers and implicated to regulate cell growth and apoptosis. Thus far, however, no role for Pin1 has been described in modulating vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) senescence. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry and Western blotting were used to assess Pin1 protein level in human normal and atherosclerotic tissues. β-galactosidase staining, cumulative population doubling level, telomerase activity, and relative telomere length measurement were used to confirm VSMC senescence...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Yohannes T Ghebre, Eduard Yakubov, Wing Tak Wong, Prasanna Krishnamurthy, Nazish Sayed, Andrew G Sikora, Mark D Bonnen
The incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease is highest among the elderly, in part, due to deleterious effects of advancing age on the heart and blood vessels. Aging, a known cardiovascular risk factor, is progressively associated with structural and functional changes to the vasculature including hemodynamic disturbance due to increased oxidative stress, premature cellular senescence and impairments in synthesis and/or secretion of endothelium-derived vasoactive molecules. These molecular and physiological changes lead to vessel wall stiffening and thickening, as well as other vascular complications that culminate to loss of vascular tone regulation and endothelial function...
December 2016: Translational Medicine: Current Research
Li Zeng, Qun-Fang Ding, Ting-Yuan Xu, Fang Luo, Ning Ge, Shi-Tong Li
OBJECTIVES: To identify the role of DNA double-strain damage repairing pathway in the development of diabetics atherosclerosis. METHODS: Wistar male rats were randomly divided into three groups: control group (group A), balloon injury group (group B) and diabetes + balloon injury group (group C). Streptozotocin (STZ) was injected into rat abdomen to induce diabetes. After stabilizing high glucose, rats in group B and group C were both under aortic balloon injury technique and fed high lipid forage post-operatively...
March 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
G Salazar, J Huang, R G Feresin, Y Zhao, K K Griendling
AIMS: The role of oxidative stress and inflammation in the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is well established. Increases in oxidative stress can further exacerbate the inflammatory response and lead to cellular senescence. We previously reported that angiotensin II (Ang II) and zinc increase reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cause senescence of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and that senescence induced by Ang II is a zinc-dependent process. Zinc stimulated NADPH oxidase (Nox) activity; however, the role of Nox isoforms in zinc effects was not determined...
March 29, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Alanna Watson, Zengxuan Nong, Hao Yin, Caroline O'Neil, Stephanie Fox, Brittany Balint, Linrui Guo, Oberdan Leo, Michael W A Chu, Robert Gros, J Geoffrey Pickering
RATIONALE: The thoracic aortic wall can degenerate over time with catastrophic consequences. Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) can resist and repair artery damage, but their capacities decline with age and stress. Recently, cellular production of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) via nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) has emerged as a mediator of cell vitality. However, a role for Nampt in aortic SMCs in vivo is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a Nampt-NAD(+) control system exists within the aortic media and is required for aortic health...
June 9, 2017: Circulation Research
Julie Wang, Anna K Uryga, Johannes Reinhold, Nichola Figg, Lauren Baker, Alison Finigan, Kelly Gray, Sheetal Kumar, Murray Clarke, Martin Bennett
BACKGROUND: Although vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation is implicated in atherogenesis, VSMCs in advanced plaques and cultured from plaques show evidence of VSMC senescence and DNA damage. In particular, plaque VSMCs show shortening of telomeres, which can directly induce senescence. Senescence can have multiple effects on plaque development and morphology; however, the consequences of VSMC senescence or the mechanisms underlying VSMC senescence in atherosclerosis are mostly unknown...
November 17, 2015: Circulation
Andrew R Mendelsohn, James W Larrick
Reduced telomere length with increasing age in dividing cells has been implicated in contributing to the pathologies of human aging, which include cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, through induction of cellular senescence. Telomere shortening results from the absence of telomerase, an enzyme required to maintain telomere length. Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), the protein subunit of telomerase, is expressed only transiently in a subset of adult somatic cells, which include stem cells and smooth muscle cells...
October 2015: Rejuvenation Research
Anna K Uryga, Martin R Bennett
Atherosclerosis is a disease of ageing in that its incidence and prevalence increase with age. However, atherosclerosis is also associated with biological ageing, manifest by a number of typical hallmarks of ageing in the atherosclerotic plaque. Thus, accelerated biological ageing may be superimposed on the effects of chronological ageing in atherosclerosis. Tissue ageing is seen in all cells that comprise the plaque, but particularly in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Hallmarks of ageing include evidence of cell senescence, DNA damage (including telomere attrition), mitochondrial dysfunction, a pro-inflammatory secretory phenotype, defects in proteostasis, epigenetic changes, deregulated nutrient sensing, and exhaustion of progenitor cells...
April 15, 2016: Journal of Physiology
D T Warren, T Tajsic, L J Porter, R M Minaisah, A Cobb, A Jacob, D Rajgor, Q P Zhang, C M Shanahan
Prelamin A accumulation and persistent DNA damage response (DDR) are hallmarks of vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) ageing and dysfunction. Although prelamin A is proposed to interfere with DNA repair, our understanding of the crosstalk between prelamin A and the repair process remains limited. The extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) have emerged as key players in the DDR and are known to enhance ataxia telangiectasia-mutated protein (ATM) activity at DNA lesions, and in this study, we identified a novel relationship between prelamin A accumulation and ERK1/2 nuclear compartmentalisation during VSMC ageing...
September 2015: Cell Death and Differentiation
Wioleta Grabowska, Karolina Kucharewicz, Maciej Wnuk, Anna Lewinska, Małgorzata Suszek, Dorota Przybylska, Grazyna Mosieniak, Ewa Sikora, Anna Bielak-Zmijewska
Curcumin is considered not only as a supplement of the diet but also as a drug in many types of diseases and even as a potential anti-aging compound. It can reduce inflammation that increases with age and accompanies almost all age-related diseases. It has been suggested that curcumin can play a beneficial role in the cardiovascular system. However, there are also data showing that curcumin can induce senescence in cancer cells, which is a beneficial effect in cancer therapy but an undesirable one in the case of normal cells...
February 2015: Age (2005-)
Kelly Gray, Sheetal Kumar, Nichola Figg, James Harrison, Lauren Baker, John Mercer, Trevor Littlewood, Martin Bennett
RATIONALE: DNA damage and the DNA damage response have been identified in human atherosclerosis, including in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). However, although double-stranded breaks (DSBs) are hypothesized to promote plaque progression and instability, in part, by promoting cell senescence, apoptosis, and inflammation, the direct effects of DSBs in VSMCs seen in atherogenesis are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine the presence and effect of endogenous levels of DSBs in VSMCs on atherosclerosis...
February 27, 2015: Circulation Research
Olga Alster, Anna Bielak-Zmijewska, Grazyna Mosieniak, Maria Moreno-Villanueva, Wioleta Dudka-Ruszkowska, Aleksandra Wojtala, Monika Kusio-Kobiałka, Zbigniew Korwek, Alexander Burkle, Katarzyna Piwocka, Jan K Siwicki, Ewa Sikora
Nibrin plays an important role in the DNA damage response (DDR) and DNA repair. DDR is a crucial signaling pathway in apoptosis and senescence. To verify whether truncated nibrin (p70), causing Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome (NBS), is involved in DDR and cell fate upon DNA damage, we used two (S4 and S3R) spontaneously immortalized T cell lines from NBS patients, with the founding mutation and a control cell line (L5). S4 and S3R cells have the same level of p70 nibrin, however p70 from S4 cells was able to form more complexes with ATM and BRCA1...
2014: PloS One
Miho Suzuki, Akari Minami, Atsuko Nakanishi, Keiko Kobayashi, Satoru Matsuda, Yasunori Ogura, Yasuko Kitagishi
Atherosclerosis, the major cause of heart attack and stroke, is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Oxidized low-density lipoprotein through increased oxidative stress has been identified as one of the primary factors responsible for atherogenesis. Cell proliferation and death are key processes in the progression of atherosclerosis. The oxidative environment in areas of lipid accumulation is mainly created by the production of reactive oxygen species, which are assumed to mediate vascular tissue injury...
October 2014: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Pavan B Narayanaswamy, Mahshid Hodjat, Hermann Haller, Inna Dumler, Yulia Kiyan
DNA damage induced by numerous exogenous or endogenous factors may have irreversible consequences on the cell leading to cell cycle arrest, senescence and cell death. The DNA damage response (DDR) is powerful signaling machinery triggered in response to DNA damage, to provide DNA damage recognition, signaling and repair. Most anticancer drugs induce DNA damage, and DNA repair in turn attenuates therapeutic efficiency of those drugs. Approaches delaying DNA repair are often used to increase efficiency of treatment...
2014: PloS One
Yiwen Liu, Ignat Drozdov, Rukshana Shroff, Leilani E Beltran, Catherine M Shanahan
RATIONALE: Vascular calcification is prevalent in the aging population, yet little is known of the mechanisms driving age-associated vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) phenotypic change. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of nuclear lamina disruption, a specific hallmark of VSMC aging, in driving VSMC osteogenic differentiation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Prelamin A, the unprocessed form of the nuclear lamina protein lamin A, accumulated in calcifying human VSMCs in vitro and in vivo, and its overexpression promoted VSMC osteogenic differentiation and mineralization...
May 10, 2013: Circulation Research
Isabelle Gorenne, Sheetal Kumar, Kelly Gray, Nichola Figg, Haixiang Yu, John Mercer, Martin Bennett
BACKGROUND: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in human atherosclerosis manifest extensive DNA damage and activation of the DNA damage response, a pathway that coordinates cell cycle arrest and DNA repair, or can trigger apoptosis or cell senescence. Sirtuin 1 deacetylase (SIRT1) regulates cell ageing and energy metabolism and regulates the DNA damage response through multiple targets. However, the direct role of SIRT1 in atherosclerosis and how SIRT1 in VSMCs might regulate atherosclerosis are unknown...
January 22, 2013: Circulation
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