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Yu-Dong Ma, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, May-Jywan Tsai, Sheng-I Lue, Yi-Chen Chia, Song-Kun Shyue, Ching-Feng Weng
Migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) contributes to intimal hyperplasia and other vascular diseases. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) has been recognized as a proliferative inhibitor of VSMCs and is likely to be an important regulator of VSMC migration. The underlying mechanism of pyrogallol on the VSMC migration is not fully understood. This study attempted to dissect the role of Cav-1 and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) in VSMC migration and to investigate the effect of pyrogallol on VSMC mobility during carotid artery ligation mice...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Michal Behuliak, Michal Bencze, Anna Vavrinova, Ivana Vaneckova, Josef Zicha
OBJECTIVE: Voltage-dependent calcium channels (VDCCs) play an important role in two major abnormalities observed in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) - hyperactivity of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and enhanced Ca influx to vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). α2δ subunit of VDCC, which promotes surface trafficking and modulates the biophysical properties of VDCC, was identified as a critical component of increased L-type VDCC calcium currents in arterial myocytes of SHR. On the other hand, N-type VDCCs control a neurotransmitter release in the peripheral sympathetic nervous system and play an important role in sympathetic hyperactivity in SHR...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Li Qin, Chan Liu, Ya-Guang Ni, Ya-Ning Shi, Bao-Xue Ao, Zheng Liu, Duan-Fang Liao
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is closely associated with profound vascular remodeling, especially proliferation and hyperplasia of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Aberrant Wnt5a signaling has been related to vascular diseases, but its role on the proliferation of VSMCs is unclear. The study evaluated the effect of Wnt5a on the proliferation of VSMCs and its possible mechanism. DESIGN AND METHOD: The capability of cell proliferation was detected by the assays of MTT, colony formation and EdU cell proliferation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Adam P Harvey, Augusto Montezano, Khai C Wong, Katie Y Hood, Rheure Alves-Lopes, Graziela S Ceravolo, Chihiro Yabe-Nishimura, Delyth Graham, Rhian M Touyz
OBJECTIVE: In hypertension, the vasculature undergoes alterations that resemble those seen in aging. The involvement of aldosterone and Noxs in the mechanisms underlying age-associated vascular damage is unclear. We postulated that aging-like changes in the vasculature is amplified in hypertension due to increased aldosterone-induced Nox-redox signalling. DESIGN AND METHOD: We assessed vascular aging in arteries from adult WKY (18 weeks), aged WKY (52 weeks) and adult stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive (SHRSP) rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Y Xiao, Y Y DU, C Gao, W Kong
OBJECTIVE: To study the change of microRNA during the early stage of high phosphorus induced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) calcification and its related mechanism. METHODS: The in vitro calcification model was created through stimulating VSMC cell line A7r5 with high Pi (2.6 mmol/L) for 7 d. The calcification was validated through ocresolphthalein complexone colorimetry to detect the cellular calcium content, real-time PCR to measure the calcification-related gene expression and alizarin red staining to observe the formation of calcium nodules...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Xie Ge, Si-Yu Chen, Mei Liu, Ting-Ming Liang, Chang Liu
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation is a key event in the development of in‑stent restenosis. Evodiamine is an indole alkaloid extracted from the Chinese medicine, evodia, and has been shown to inhibit tumor cell proliferation and protect the cardiovascular system. However, whether evodiamine affects VSMC proliferation remains to be elucidated. Therefore, the present study examined the effects and the mechanisms of action of evodiamine on the proliferation of rat VSMCs. The cells were treated with evodiamine alone or in combination with platelet‑derived growth factor‑BB (PDGF‑BB) stimulation...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Nadia Soudani, Crystal M Ghantous, Zein Farhat, Wassim N Shebaby, Kazem Zibara, Asad Zeidan
Background and Aims: Hypertension and obesity are important risk factors of cardiovascular disease. They are both associated with high leptin levels and have been shown to promote vascular hypertrophy, through the RhoA/ROCK and ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Calcineurin/NFAT activation also induces vascular hypertrophy by upregulating various genes. This study aimed to decipher whether a crosstalk exists between the RhoA/ROCK pathway, Ca(2+)/calcineurin/NFAT pathway, and ERK1/2 phosphorylation in the process of mechanical stretch-induced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) hypertrophy and leptin synthesis...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Xin Guo, Dai Li, Min Chen, Lei Chen, Bikui Zhang, Tian Wu, Ren Guo
Recent studies have demonstrated functions of miR-145 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) phenotypes and vascular diseases. In this study, we aim to determine whether CD40 is involved in miR-145 mediated switch of VSMC phenotypes. In cultured VSMCs, the effects of miR-145 and CD40 on TNF-α, TGF-β, and Homocysteine (Hcy) induced cell proliferation were evaluated by over-expression of miR-145 or by siRNA-mediated knockdown of CD40. We also used ultrasound imaging to explore the effect of miR-145 on carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) in atherosclerotic cerebral infarction (ACI) patients...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Islam Osman, Ninu Poulose, Vadivel Ganapathy, Lakshman Segar
Insulin resistance is associated with accelerated atherosclerosis. Although high fructose is known to induce insulin resistance, it remains unclear as to how fructose regulates insulin receptor signaling and proliferative phenotype in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), which play a major role in atherosclerosis. Using human aortic VSMCs, we investigated the effects of high fructose treatment on insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) serine phosphorylation, insulin versus platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced phosphorylation of Akt, S6 ribosomal protein, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), and cell cycle proteins...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Jia Liu, Yaqian Huang, Selena Chen, Chaoshu Tang, Hongfang Jin, Junbao Du
Sulfur dioxide (SO2), an emerging gasotransmitter, was discovered to be endogenously generated in the cardiovascular system. Recently, the physiological effects of endogenous SO2 were confirmed. Vascular structural remodeling (VSR), an important pathological change in many cardiovascular diseases, plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of the diseases. Here, the authors reviewed the research progress of endogenous SO2 in regulating VSR by searching the relevant data from PubMed and Medline. In spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and pulmonary hypertensive rats, SO2/aspartate aminotransferase (AAT) pathway was significantly altered...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Christian Freise, Nadja Kretzschmar, Uwe Querfeld
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcifications such as arteriosclerosis, which is characterized by a calcificiation of the tunica media, represent major comorbidities e.g. in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). An essential step during the development of arteriosclerosis is the transdifferentiation/calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) resembling osteogenesis. The matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and -9 were shown to promote these VSMC calcifications and their inhibition is of therapeutic value to prevent arteriosclerosis in preclinical studies...
September 30, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Huihua Yuan, Jinbao Qin, Jing Xie, Biyun Li, Zhepao Yu, Zhiyou Peng, Bingcheng Yi, Xiangxin Lou, Xinwu Lu, Yanzhong Zhang
This study was designed to assess the efficacy of hyaluronan (HA) functionalized well-aligned nanofibers of poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) in modulating the phenotypic expression of vascular smooth muscle cells (vSMCs) for blood vessel regeneration. Highly aligned HA/PLLA nanofibers in core-shell structure were prepared using a novel stable jet electrospinning approach. Formation of a thin HA-coating layer atop each PLLA nanofiber surface endowed the uni-directionally oriented fibrous mats with increased anisotropic wettability and mechanical compliance...
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Daliang Yan, Xiaojuan Liu, Lu Hua, Kunpeng Wu, Xilin Sha, Jianhua Zhao, Chen Yang, Chao Zhang, Jiahai Shi, Xiang Wu
Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) was the leading cause of late death in heart transplantation recipients. Matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14), as a member of the MMPs family, has been reported to play a vital role in coronary vascular lesions of allotransplanted hearts. However, concrete mechanism is still unclear. Herein, we showed that the expression of MMP-14 was different between isografts and allografts. Interestingly, we found MMP-14 could interact with CD44 in allografts. Cluster of differentiation 44 (CD44), as a cell adhesion receptor and is involved in cell migration, caused our interest in MMP-14/CD44 complex in allografts...
September 25, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Yi Cao, Jimin Long, Yuejia Ji, Gui Chen, Yuexin Shen, Yu Gong, Juan Li
Increasing evidence suggests that exposure of particulate matter (PM) from traffic vehicles, e.g., diesel exhaust particles (DEP), was associated with adverse vascular effects, e.g., acceleration of atherosclerotic plaque progression. By analogy, engineered nanoparticles (NPs) could also induce similar effects. The formation of lipid laden foam cells, derived predominately from macrophages and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), is closely associated with the development of atherosclerosis and adverse vascular effects...
October 6, 2016: Inhalation Toxicology
S G Li, M Z Yan, D Zhang, M Ye, J J Deng
The development of age-related cardiovascular disease is associated with the senescence of vascular cells. This study aimed to investigate the effect of ginsenoside Rg1 on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) senescence. Primary VSMCs were cultured and divided into control, D-galactose (D-gal), Rg1-L, and Rg1-H groups, which were cultured without and with D-gal, and with low- and high-concentrations of Rg1, respectively. D-gal-induced cellular senescence was identified by b-galactosidase staining, and ultrastructural changes within the cells were observed...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Chien-Hung Huang, Jin-Shuei Ciou, Shun-Tsung Chen, Victor C Kok, Yi Chung, Jeffrey J P Tsai, Nilubon Kurubanjerdjit, Chi-Ying F Huang, Ka-Lok Ng
BACKGROUND: Abnormal proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) is a major cause of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Many studies suggest that vascular injury triggers VSMC dedifferentiation, which results in VSMC changes from a contractile to a synthetic phenotype; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unclear. METHODS: In this study, we examined how VSMC responds under mechanical stress by using time-course microarray data. A three-phase study was proposed to investigate the stress-induced differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in VSMC...
2016: PeerJ
Tetsuya Kubota, Naoto Kubota, Hiroyuki Sato, Mariko Inoue, Hiroki Kumagai, Tomokatsu Iwamura, Iseki Takamoto, Tsuneo Kobayashi, Masao Moroi, Yasuo Terauchi, Kazuyuki Tobe, Kohjiro Ueki, Takashi Kadowaki
The aim of this study is to elucidate to what degree adiponectin is involved in TZD-mediated amelioration of neointimal formation. We investigated the effect of 3- or 8-weeks' pioglitazone on cuff-induced neointimal formation in adiponectin-deficient (APN-KO) and wild-type (WT) mice. Pioglitazone for 3 weeks reduced neointimal formation in the WT mice with upregulation of the plasma adiponectin levels, but failed to reduce neointimal formation in the APN-KO mice, suggesting that pioglitazone suppressed neointimal formation by adiponectin-dependent mechanisms...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Giuseppe Maltese, Paraskevi-Maria Psefteli, Benedetta Rizzo, Salil Srivastava, Luigi Gnudi, Giovanni E Mann, Richard C M Siow
Vascular ageing in conditions such as atherosclerosis, diabetes and chronic kidney disease, is associated with the activation of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) and diminished expression of antioxidant defences mediated by the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). The anti-ageing hormone klotho promotes longevity and protects against cardiovascular and renal diseases. Klotho has been shown to activate Nrf2 and attenuate oxidative damage in neuronal cells, however, the mechanisms by which it protects against vascular smooth muscle cell VSMC dysfunction elicited by Angiotensin II (AngII) remain to be elucidated...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Mar Orriols, Saray Varona, Silvia Aguiló, María Galán, José Martínez González, Cristina Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Fibulin-5 (FBLN5) is an elastogenic protein critically involved in extracellular matrix (ECM) remodelling, a key process in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). However, the possible contribution of FBLN5 to AAA development has not been addressed. METHODS: Expression levels were determined by real-time PCR and Western blot in human abdominal aorta from patients with AAA or healthy donors, as well as in human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Lentiviral transduction, transient transfections, and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays were also performed...
September 27, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
I van der Pluijm, N van Vliet, J H von der Thusen, J L Robertus, Y Ridwan, P M van Heijningen, B S van Thiel, M Vermeij, S E Hoeks, R M G B Buijs-Offerman, H J M Verhagen, R Kanaar, A M Bertoli-Avella, J Essers
Aneurysm-osteoarthritis syndrome characterized by unpredictable aortic aneurysm formation, is caused by SMAD3 mutations. SMAD3 is part of the SMAD2/3/4 transcription factor, essential for TGF-β-activated transcription. Although TGF-β-related gene mutations result in aneurysms, the underlying mechanism is unknown. Here, we examined aneurysm formation and progression in Smad3(-/-) animals. Smad3(-/-) animals developed aortic aneurysms rapidly, resulting in premature death. Aortic wall immunohistochemistry showed no increase in extracellular matrix and collagen accumulation, nor loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) but instead revealed medial elastin disruption and adventitial inflammation...
September 10, 2016: EBioMedicine
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