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Eva Jover, Ana Silvente, Francisco Marín, José Martínez-González, Mar Orriols, Carlos M Martinez, Carmen María Puche, Mariano Valdés, Cristina Rodriguez, Diana Hernández-Romero
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) transdifferentiate into osteoblast-like cells during vascular calcification, inducing active remodeling and calcification of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Intracellular and extracellular enzymes, such as lysyl hydroxylase 1 (PLOD1) and lysyl oxidase (LOX), contribute to ECM maturation and stabilization. We assessed the contribution of these enzymes to hyperphosphatemia (HPM)-induced calcification. Human and murine VSMCs were differentiated into functional osteoblast-like cells by HPM conditioning...
March 16, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Hong Shen, Shuyang Lu, Lili Dong, Yuan Xue, Chenling Yao, Chaoyang Tong, Chunsheng Wang, Xianhong Shu
Abnormal expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been associated with aortic dissection (AD). Next generation sequencing was performed to identify the differentially expressed miRNAs in aortic tissue samples between AD and non-diseased individuals. Selected miRNAs which showed significant variation between the two groups, were then transfected into human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (HA-VSMC), and assessed for effects on cell migration and induced apoptosis. The changes in gene expression pattern in HA-VSMC cells transfected with the miRNAs were also investigated...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Mahmod Panahi, Naeimeh Yousefi Mesri, Eva-Britt Samuelsson, Kirsten G Coupland, Charlotte Forsell, Caroline Graff, Saara Tikka, Bengt Winblad, Matti Viitanen, Helena Karlström, Erik Sundström, Homira Behbahani
Cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a familial fatal progressive degenerative disorder. One of the pathological hallmarks of CADASIL is a dramatic reduction of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in cerebral arteries. Using VSMCs from the vasculature of the human umbilical cord, placenta and cerebrum of CADASIL patients, we found that CADASIL VSMCs had a lower proliferation rate compared to control VSMCs. Exposure of control VSMCs and endothelial cells (ECs) to media derived from CADASIL VSMCs lowered the proliferation rate of all cells examined...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Benjamin D Fellows, Nardine Ghobrial, Elliot Mappus, Andrew Hargett, Mark Bolding, Delphine Dean, Olin Thompson Mefford
Restenosis by neointimal hyperplasia is still an ongoing concern in endovascular surgery. Slowing vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation by reversing the phenotype change, would allow vessel healing and re-endotheliazation. To accomplish this, we have developed heparin-coated magnetic nanoparticles for targeted drug therapy of neointimal hyperplasia. Iron oxide nanoparticles were modified with a poly (ethylene oxide) based coating and then further functionalized with heparin. In vitro experiments were conducted to observe changes in phenotype, metabolic activity, and viability of three relevant cell lines including VSMC, endothelial cells and fibroblasts...
March 8, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Tu di Li, Zhi Huan Zeng
Restenosis is a pathologic re-narrowing of a coronary artery lesion after mechanical injury. Its pathophysiological mechanisms have not been fully elucidated at present, but are thought to include inflammation, vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation, and matrix remodeling, beginning with insufficient endothelium healing. Restenosis presents with angina symptoms or acute coronary syndromes and lead to a revascularization, either with coronary artery bypass or repeat percutaneous coronary intervention...
March 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jingwen Liao, Yanyan Zhang, Ying Wu, Fanxing Zeng, Lijun Shi
AIMS: This study investigated whether long-term exercise can influence vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) phenotypic switching in mesenteric arteries of hypertensive rats, with a focus on the modulation of protein kinase B (PKB/Akt) signaling by microRNA-145 (miR-145). MAIN METHODS: In the exercise intervention experiment, mesenteric arteries from 3-month-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY) were isolated for histological observation, phenotypic marker analysis, Akt phosphorylation quantification, and miR-145 evaluation after being subjected to moderate-intensity treadmill training (E) or being sedentary (C) for 8 weeks...
March 6, 2018: Life Sciences
Ae-Rang Hwang, Ju-Ock Nam, Young Jin Kang
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a novel fibrotic mediator, which is considered to mediate fibrosis through extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis in diabetic cardiovascular complications. Statins have significant immunomodulatory effects and reduce vascular injury. We therefore examined whether fluvastatin has anti-fibrotic effects in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and elucidated its putative transduction signals. We show that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) stimulated CTGF mRNA and protein expression in a time-dependent manner...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Christian L Lino Cardenas, Chase W Kessinger, Yisha Cheng, Carolyn MacDonald, Thomas MacGillivray, Brian Ghoshhajra, Luai Huleihel, Saifar Nuri, Ashish S Yeri, Farouc A Jaffer, Naftali Kaminski, Patrick Ellinor, Neal L Weintraub, Rajeev Malhotra, Eric M Isselbacher, Mark E Lindsay
Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) has been associated with mutations affecting members of the TGF-β signaling pathway, or components and regulators of the vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) actomyosin cytoskeleton. Although both clinical groups present similar phenotypes, the existence of potential common mechanisms of pathogenesis remain obscure. Here we show that mutations affecting TGF-β signaling and VSMC cytoskeleton both lead to the formation of a ternary complex comprising the histone deacetylase HDAC9, the chromatin-remodeling enzyme BRG1, and the long noncoding RNA MALAT1...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Torill Berg
K+ -channels of the Kv7/KCNQ-family hyperpolarize and stabilize excitable cells such as autonomic neurons and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Kv7 may therefore play a role in blood pressure (BP) homeostasis, and prevent a high total peripheral vascular resistance (TPR), a hallmark of hypertensive disease. The present study analyzed if Kv7 channels influence catecholamine release and TPR in normotensive (WKY) and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), and if they may contribute to the antihypertensive protection seen in young, female SHR...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Andrew L Durham, Mei Y Speer, Marta Scatena, Cecilia M Giachelli, Catherine M Shanahan
Vascular calcification is associated with a significant increase in all-cause mortality and atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Calcification has been determined to be an active process driven in part by vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) transdifferentiation within the vascular wall. Historically, VSMC phenotype switching has been viewed as binary, with the cells able to adopt a physiological contractile phenotype or an alternate 'synthetic' phenotype in response to injury. More recent work, including lineage tracing has however revealed that VSMCs are able to adopt a number of phenotypes, including calcific (osteogenic, chondrocytic, and osteoclastic), adipogenic, and macrophagic phenotypes...
March 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Patrick Lacolley, Veronique Regnault, Alberto P Avolio
Arterial aging engages a plethora of key signalling pathways that act in concert to induce vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) phenotypic changes leading to vascular degeneration and extracellular matrix degradation responsible for alterations of the mechanical properties of the vascular wall. This review highlights proof-of-concept examples of components of the extracellular matrix, VSMC receptors which connect extracellular and intracellular structures, and signalling pathways regulating changes in mechanotransduction and vascular homeostasis in aging...
March 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Kang Pa Lee, Suji Baek, Seung Hyo Jung, Long Cui, Donghyen Lee, Dong-Youb Lee, Wahn Soo Choi, Hyun Woo Chung, Byeong Han Lee, Bokyung Kim, Kyung Jong Won
DJ-1 and sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptors (S1PRs) are implicated in the control of physiology and pathophysiology of cardiovascular systems such as blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and restenosis. Here, we investigated whether DJ-1 with antioxidant function participates in the regulation of S1PR1 and S1PR2 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and whether this response is related to vascular neointima formation. In vitro studies used cellular migration assay, western blot, reverse transcriptase and real-time PCR analysis, and immunocytochemistry...
March 6, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Ricardo Charles, Mohamed Bourmoum, Audrey Claing
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) can exhibit a contractile or a synthetic phenotype depending on the extracellular stimuli present and the composition of the extracellular matrix. Uncontrolled activation of the synthetic VSMC phenotype is however associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases. Here, we aimed to elucidate the role of the ARF GTPases in the regulation of VSMC dedifferentiation. First, we observed that the inhibition of the activation of ARF proteins with SecinH3, a blocker of the cytohesin ARF GEF family, reduced the ability of the cells to migrate and proliferate...
February 27, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Youfeng Yang, Yong Sun, Jianye Chen, Wayne E Bradley, Louis J Dell'Italia, Hui Wu, Yabing Chen
Vascular calcification is prevalent in patients with atherosclerosis, and oxidative stress promotes pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. We have previously reported that activation of AKT by oxidative stress induces vascular calcification. Using sodium dichloroacetate (DCA), a previously reported small molecule inhibitor of AKT, the present studies uncovered an AKT-independent mechanism in regulating vascular calcification. We found that DCA dose-dependently induced calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in vitro and aortic rings ex vivo...
February 21, 2018: Redox Biology
Sarvenaz Metghalchi, Marie Vandestienne, Yacine Haddad, Bruno Esposito, Julien Dairou, Alain Tedgui, Ziad Mallat, Stephane Potteaux, Soraya Taleb
AIMS: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an age-associated disease characterized by chronic inflammation, vascular cell apoptosis and metalloproteinase-mediated extracellular matrix degradation. Despite considerable progress in identifying targets involved in these processes, therapeutic approaches aiming to reduce aneurysm growth and rupture are still scarce. Indoleamine 2-3 dioxygenase 1 (IDO) is the first and rate-limiting enzyme involved in the conversion of tryptophan (Trp) into kynurenine (Kyn) pathway...
2018: PloS One
Magda R Hamczyk, Ricardo Villa-Bellosta, Pilar Gonzalo, María J Andrés-Manzano, Paula Nogales, Jacob F Bentzon, Carlos López-Otín, Vicente Andrés
Background -Progerin, an aberrant protein that accumulates with age, causes the rare genetic disease Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). HGPS patients with ubiquitous progerin expression exhibit accelerated aging and atherosclerosis, and die in their early teens mainly from myocardial infarction or stroke. The mechanisms underlying progerin-induced atherosclerosis remain unexplored, in part due to the lack of appropriate animal models. Methods -We generated an atherosclerosis-prone model of HGPS by crossing apolipoprotein E-deficient ( Apoe-/- ) mice with LmnaG609G/G609G mice ubiquitously expressing progerin...
February 28, 2018: Circulation
Shasha Yu, Yintao Chen, Shuang Chen, Ning Ye, Yan Li, Yingxian Sun
Previous studies have demonstrated that angiotensin II (Ang II) is involved in the process of atherosclerosis and vascular restenosis through its proinflammatory effect. Bcl‑2‑associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) had been suggested to be associated with proliferation, migration and invasion in many types of tumor. However, the role of BAG3 among the proliferative process of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) induced by Ang II, to the best of our knowledge, remains to be investigated. The present study demonstrated that in growth‑arrested VSMCs, Ang II‑induced VSMC proliferation, accompanied by increased BAG3 mRNA and protein expression levels in a dose‑ and time‑dependent manner...
February 22, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yao Fu, Ye Chang, Shuang Chen, Yuan Li, Yintao Chen, Guozhe Sun, Shasha Yu, Ning Ye, Chao Li, Yingxian Sun
Under normal physiological condition, the mature vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) show differentiated phenotype. In response to various environmental stimuluses, VSMCs convert from the differentiated phenotype to dedifferentiated phenotype characterized by the increased ability of proliferation/migration and the reduction of contractile ability. The phenotypic transformation of VSMCs played an important role in atherosclerosis. Both Bcl-2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) and tumor necrosis factor-related apopt-osis inducing ligand (TRAIL) involved in apoptosis...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Violeta Cazaña-Pérez, Pilar Cidad, Javier Donate-Correa, Ernesto Martín-Núñez, José R López-López, M Teresa Pérez-García, Teresa Giraldez, Juan F Navarro-González, Diego Alvarez de la Rosa
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a markedly increased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The high concentration of circulating uremic toxins and alterations in mineral metabolism and hormone levels produce vascular wall remodeling and significant vascular damage. Medial calcification is an early vascular event in CKD patients and is associated to apoptosis or necrosis and trans-differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) to an osteogenic phenotype. VSMC obtained from bovine or rat aorta and cultured in the presence of increased inorganic phosphate (Pi) have been extensively used to study these processes...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Weifeng Wan, Yan Ding, Zongyi Xie, Qian Li, Feng Yan, Enkhjargal Budbazar, William J Pearce, Richard Hartman, Andre Obenaus, John H Zhang, Yong Jiang, Jiping Tang
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor-β (PDGFR-β) has been reported to promote phenotypic transformation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of the PDGFR-β/IRF9/SIRT-1/NF-κB pathway in VSMC phenotypic transformation after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). SAH was induced using the endovascular perforation model in Sprague-Dawley rats. PDGFR-β small interfering RNA (siRNA) and IRF9 siRNA were injected intracerebroventricularly 48 h before SAH. SIRT1 activator (resveratrol) and inhibitor (EX527) were administered intraperitoneally 1 h after SAH induction...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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