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Vessel sprouting

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
Maud Martin, Alexandra Veloso, Jingchao Wu, Eugene A Katrukha, Anna Akhmanova
Microtubules control different aspects of cell polarization. In cells with a radial microtubule system, a pivotal role in setting up asymmetry is attributed to the relative positioning of the centrosome and the nucleus. Here, we show that centrosome loss had no effect on the ability of endothelial cells to polarize and move in 2D and 3D environments. In contrast, non-centrosomal microtubules stabilized by the microtubule minus-end-binding protein CAMSAP2 were required for directional migration on 2D substrates and for the establishment of polarized cell morphology in soft 3D matrices...
March 16, 2018: ELife
Kathryn A Jacobs, Julie Gavard
Endothelial cells have the capacity to shift between states of quiescence and angiogenesis. The early stage of angiogenesis, sprouting, occurs with the synchronized activities of tip cells, which lead the migration of the sprout, and stalk cells, which elongate this vessel sprout. Here, we describe a method to study in vitro this early and rapid stage of sprouting angiogenesis.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Samara Pillay, Helen M Byrne, Philip K Maini
Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels form from existing vessels. During angiogenesis, tip cells migrate via diffusion and chemotaxis, new tip cells are introduced through branching, loops form via tip-to-tip and tip-to-sprout anastomosis, and a vessel network forms as endothelial cells, known as stalk cells, follow the paths of tip cells (a process known as the snail-trail). Using a mean-field approximation, we systematically derive one-dimensional non-linear continuum models from a lattice-based cellular automaton model of angiogenesis in the corneal assay, explicitly accounting for cell volume...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Ed Aanhane, Iris A Schulkens, Roy Heusschen, Kitty Castricum, Hakon Leffler, Arjan W Griffioen, Victor L Thijssen
Galectin-9 consists of two peptide-linked carbohydrate recognition domains (CRDs), but alternative splicing and proteolytic processing can give rise to multiple galectin-9 isoforms. Some of these consist of a single CRD and can exert different functions in cell biology. Here, we explored the role of these galectin-9 isoforms in endothelial cell function and angiogenesis. For this, we compared the effects of the two separate CRDs (Gal-9N and Gal-9C) with the tandem repeat galectin-9M on endothelial cell proliferation, migration, sprouting and tube formation in vitro as well as on angiogenesis in vivo using the chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay...
March 2, 2018: Angiogenesis
Yi-Chen Sun, Li-Chuan Yang, Fung-Rong Hu, Chung-Tien Lin, Yan-Ming Chen, Wei-Li Chen
OBJECTIVES: In vivo confocal microscopy was used to observe the morphological presentations and anatomical correlations between corneal neovascularization (NV) and intracorneal lipid deposition in a rabbit model of contact lens (CL)-induced lipid keratopathy secondary to corneal NV. METHODS: Rabbits were divided into 3 groups: (1) 8-week normal diet, (2) 8-week high-cholesterol diet, and (3) 4-week normal diet followed by 4-week high-cholesterol diet. Corneal NV was induced by closed-eye CL...
February 27, 2018: Eye & Contact Lens
Lucio Díaz-Flores, Ricardo Gutiérrez, M ª Pino García, M González-Gómez, Francisco J Sáez, Lucio Díaz-Flores, José Luis Carrasco, Juan F Madrid
Sinusoidal hemangioma, characterized by interconnecting thin-walled vascular spaces, may present papillae/pseudo-papillae and zones that resemble intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia (IPEH). Our objectives are to explore the existence of zones in IPEH with sinusoidal hemangioma characteristics, the mechanism of papillary and septa formation in sinusoidal hemangioma and the comparison of this mechanism with that in IPEH. For these purposes, specimens of 4 cases of each entity were selected and studied by serial histologic sections and by immunochemistry and immunofluorescence procedures...
February 25, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Yanbo Fan, Haocheng Lu, Wenying Liang, Minerva T Garcia-Barrio, Yanhong Guo, Ji Zhang, Tianqing Zhu, Yibai Hao, Jifeng Zhang, Y E Chen
<u>Rationale:</u> Post-ischemic angiogenesis is critical to limit the ischemic tissue damage and improve the blood flow recovery. The regulation and the underlying molecular mechanisms of post-ischemic angiogenesis are not fully unraveled. Transcription factor-EB (TFEB) is emerging as a master gene for autophagy and lysosome biogenesis. However, the role of TFEB in vascular disease is less understood. <u>Objective:</u> We aimed to determine the role of endothelial TFEB in post-ischemic angiogenesis and its underlying molecular mechanism...
February 21, 2018: Circulation Research
Yun-Min Kook, Hyerim Kim, Sujin Kim, Chan Yeong Heo, Min Hee Park, Kangwon Lee, Won-Gun Koh
New blood vessel formation is essential for tissue regeneration to deliver oxygen and nutrients and to maintain tissue metabolism. In the field of tissue engineering, in vitro fabrication of new artificial vessels has been a longstanding challenge. Here we developed a technique to reconstruct a microvascular system using a polycaprolactone (PCL)/gelatin nanofibrous structure and a co-culture system. Using a simple electrospinning process, we fabricated three-dimensional mesh scaffolds to support the sprouting of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) along the electrospun nanofiber...
February 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
Binyan Lin, Xiuming Song, Dawei Yang, Dongsheng Bai, Yuyuan Yao, Na Lu
Tumor cells recruit vascular endothelial cells and circulating endothelial progenitor cells to form new vessels to support their own growth and metastasis. VEGF, PDGF-BB and FGF-2 are three major pro-angiogenic factors and applied to promote angiogenesis. In this research, we demonstrated that anlotinib, a potent multi-tyrosine kinases inhibitor (TKI), showed a significant inhibitory effect on VEGF/PDGF-BB/FGF-2-induced angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo. Wound healing assay, chamber directional migration assay and tube formation assay indicated that anlotinib inhibited VEGF/PDGF-BB/FGF-2-induced cell migration and formation of capillary-like tubes in endothelial cells...
February 14, 2018: Gene
Filipa Neto, Alexandra Klaus-Bergmann, Yu Ting Ong, Silvanus Alt, Anne-Clémence Vion, Anna Szymborska, Joana R Carvalho, Irene Hollfinger, Eireen Bartels-Klein, Claudio A Franco, Michael Potente, Holger Gerhardt
Formation of blood vessel networks by sprouting angiogenesis is critical for tissue growth, homeostasis and regeneration. How endothelial cells arise in adequate numbers and arrange suitably to shape functional vascular networks is poorly understood. Here we show that YAP/TAZ promote stretch-induced proliferation and rearrangements of endothelial cells whilst preventing bleeding in developing vessels. Mechanistically, YAP/TAZ increase the turnover of VE-Cadherin and the formation of junction associated intermediate lamellipodia, promoting both cell migration and barrier function maintenance...
February 5, 2018: ELife
Ya-Ming Meng, Jing Liang, Chong Wu, Jing Xu, Dan-Ni Zeng, Xing-Juan Yu, Huiheng Ning, Li Xu, Limin Zheng
We recently identified CXCR4 as a novel vascular marker for vessel sprouting in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues. Thus, CXCR4+ endothelial cells (ECs) could serve as a potential predictor for patients who may benefit from sorafenib treatment; however, the mechanism that regulates vascular CXCR4 expression in HCC remains largely unknown. Here, we revealed a large number of monocytes/macrophages (Mo/Mϕ) to be selectively enriched in the perivascular areas of CXCR4+ vessels in HCC samples. The depletion of Mo/Mϕ with gadolinium chloride (GdCl3) or zoledronic acid (ZA) treatment significantly reduced vascular CXCR4 expression in HCC tumors...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Lianhua He, Chunfang Liu, Congcong Sun, Jingxia Wang, Kai Zhi, Danni Sun, Hui Wang, Qianqian Wang, Na Lin
Wu-tou decoction (WTD) is a classic traditional Chinese medicine formula and has been extensively used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Previous reports indicates that WTD possesses anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive activities, and inhibits the development of arthritic joints and disease severity of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) or adjuvant-induced rats; however, its action on angiogenesis of RA has not been clarified. The present study aims to determine the anti-angiogenic activity of WTD in CIA rats and in various angiogenesis models...
January 31, 2018: Rejuvenation Research
Patricia Molina-Ortiz, Tanguy Orban, Maud Martin, Audrey Habets, Franck Dequiedt, Stéphane Schurmans
Rasa3 is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 family which targets R-Ras and Rap1. Although catalytic inactivation or deletion of Rasa3 in mice leads to severe hemorrhages and embryonic lethality, the biological function and cellular location of Rasa3 underlying these defects remains unknown. Here, using a combination of loss of function studies in mouse and zebrafish as well as in vitro cell biology approaches, we identify a key role for Rasa3 in endothelial cells and vascular lumen integrity. Specific ablation of Rasa3 in the mouse endothelium, but not in megakaryocytes and platelets, lead to embryonic bleeding and death at mid-gestation, recapitulating the phenotype observed in full Rasa3 knock-out mice...
January 30, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Kang Xu, Xin Pan, Xuefeng Qiu, Dong Wang, Nianguo Dong, Li Yang, Song Li
During tendon injuries, nerve ingrowth is one of the earliest events of tendon repair and remodeling. Since peripheral neurons and associated cells are mostly derived from neural crest (NC) cells, we sought to investigate the role of NC-derived cells in tendon regeneration. Thus, we used Sox10-Cre/ROSA26-Flox-Red Fluorescent Protein (RFP) transgenic mice to trace these cells during tendon regeneration. After 4 weeks of Achilles tendon rupture, the injured tendon tissues were harvested for immunohistological analyses, cell isolation, and phenotype identification...
January 30, 2018: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Florian Simon, Alexander Oberhuber, Nikolaos Floros, Albert Busch, Markus Udo Wagenhäuser, Hubert Schelzig, Mansur Duran
Acute ischemia of an extremity occurs in several stages, a lack of oxygen being the primary contributor of the event. Although underlying patho-mechanisms are similar, it is important to determine whether it is an acute or chronic event. Healthy tissue does not contain enlarged collaterals, which are formed in chronically malperfused tissue and can maintain a minimum supply despite occlusion. The underlying processes for enhanced collateral blood flow are sprouting vessels from pre-existing vessels (via angiogenesis) and a lumen extension of arterioles (via arteriogenesis)...
January 26, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jeong Ae Park, Young-Guen Kwon
Angiogenesis is a complex, multistep process involving dynamic changes in endothelial cell (EC) shapes and behaviors, especially in specialized cell types such as tip cells (with active filopodial extensions), stalk cells (with less motility) and phalanx cells (with stable junction connections). The Hippo-Yes-associated protein (YAP)/ transcription activator with PDZ binding motif (TAZ) signaling plays a critical role in development, regeneration and organ size by regulating cell-cell contact and actin cytoskeleton dynamics...
January 25, 2018: BMB Reports
Christer Betsholtz
The blood vasculature is an organ pervading all other organs (almost). During vascular development, cell-cell signaling by extracellular ligands and cell surface receptors ensure that new vessels sprout into non-vascularized regions and simultaneously acquire organ-specific specializations and adaptations that match the local physiological needs. The vessels thereby specialize in their permeability, molecular transport between blood and tissue, and ability to regulate blood flow on demand. Over the past decades, we have learnt about the generic cell-cell signaling mechanisms governing angiogenic sprouting, mural cell recruitment, and vascular remodeling, and we have obtained the first insights into signals that induce and maintain vascular organotypicity...
January 23, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Julienne Chaqour, Sangmi Lee, Aashreya Ravichandra, Brahim Chaqour
Abscisic acid (ABA) has shown antiinflammatory and immunoregulatory properties in preclinical models of diabetes and inflammation. Herein, we studied the effects of ABA on angiogenesis, a strictly controlled process which when dysregulated, leads to severe angiogenic disorders including vascular overgrowth, exudation, cellular inflammation and organ dysfunction. Using a 3D sprouting assay, we show that ABA effectively inhibits migration, growth, and expansion of endothelial tubes without affecting cell viability...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
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