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Patrick Mucka, Nicholas Levonyak, Elena Geretti, Bernadette M M Zwaans, Xiaoran Li, Irit Adini, Michael Klagsbrun, Rosalyn M Adam, Diane R Bielenberg
The vasculature influences the progression and resolution of tissue inflammation. Capillaries express vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors, including neuropilins (NRPs), which regulate interstitial fluid flow. NRP2, a receptor of VEGFA and semaphorin (SEMA) 3F ligands, is expressed in the vascular and lymphatic endothelia. Previous studies have demonstrated that blocking VEGF receptor 2 attenuates VEGFA-induced vascular permeability. The inhibition of NRP2 was hypothesized to decrease vascular permeability as well...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Jennifer Gile, Tobias Eckle
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. A powerful strategy for cardioprotection would be to identify specific molecules or targets that mimic ischemic preconditioning (IP), where short non-lethal episodes of ischemia and reperfusion prior to myocardial infarction result in dramatic reduction of infarct sizes. Since 1960 researchers believed that adenosine has a strong cardio-protective potential. In fact, with the discovery of cardiac IP in 1986 by Murry et al., adenosine was the first identified molecule that was used in studying the underlying mechanism of IP...
2016: Journal of Nature and Science
Qingxiang Song, Huahua Song, Jianrong Xu, Jialin Huang, Meng Hu, Xiao Gu, Juan Chen, Gang Zheng, Hongzhuan Chen, Xiaoling Gao
Amyloid beta (Aβ) and its aggregation forms in the brain have been suggested as key targets for the therapy of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Therefore, the development of nanocarriers which possess both blood-brain barrier permeability and Aβ-targeting ability is of great importance for the intervention of AD. Here we constructed a biomimetic nanocarrier named apolipoprotein E (ApoE)-reconstituted high density lipoprotein nanocarrier (ANC) from recombinant ApoE and synthetic lipids to achieve the above goals...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Yuri C Martins, Brandi D Freeman, Oscar B Akide-Ndunge, Louis M Weiss, Herbert B Tanowitz, Mahalia S Desruisseaux
Plasmodium berghei ANKA infection of C57BL/6 mice is a widely used model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM). By contrast, the nonneurotropic P. berghei NK65 (PbN) causes severe malarial disease in C57BL/6 mice but does not cause ECM. Previous studies suggest that endothelin-1 (ET-1) contributes to the pathogenesis of ECM. In this study, we characterize the role of ET-1 on ECM vascular dysfunction. Mice infected with 10(6) PbN-parasitized red blood cells were treated with either ET-1 or saline from 2 to 8 days postinfection (dpi)...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Judith A Stolwijk, Xuexin Zhang, Maxime Gueguinou, Wei Zhang, Khalid Matrougui, Christian Renken, Mohamed Trebak
Endothelial barrier function is tightly regulated by plasma membrane receptors and is crucial for tissue fluid homeostasis; its dysfunction causes disease, including sepsis and inflammation. The ubiquitous activation of Ca2+ signaling upon phospholipase C (PLC)-coupled receptor ligation leads quite naturally to the assumption that Ca2+ signaling is required for receptor-regulated endothelial barrier function. This widespread hypothesis draws analogy from smooth muscle and proposes the requirement of G protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-generated Ca2+ signaling in activating the endothelial contractile apparatus and generating inter-endothelial gaps...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Carina Stegmayr, Ulrike Bandelow, Dennis Oliveira, Philipp Lohmann, Antje Willuweit, Christian Filss, Norbert Galldiks, Joachim H R Lübke, N Jon Shah, Johannes Ermert, Karl-Josef Langen
PURPOSE: O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-L-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) is an established tracer for the diagnosis of brain tumors with PET. This study investigates the influence of blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability on (18)F-FET uptake in two rat glioma models and one human xenograft model. METHODS: F98 glioma, 9L gliosarcoma or human U87 glioblastoma cells were implanted into the striatum of 56 Fischer or RNU rats. Thereafter, animals were divided into a control group and a group receiving injections of the glucocorticoid dexamethasone (Dex)...
September 9, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Alejandro P Adam, Anthony M Lowery, Nina Martino, Hiba Alsaffar, Peter A Vincent
Activation of Src Family Kinase (SFK) signaling is required for the increase in endothelial permeability induced by a variety of cytokines and growth factors. However, we previously demonstrated that activation of endogenous SFKs by expression of dominant negative C-terminal Src Kinase (DN-Csk) is not sufficient to decrease endothelial adherens junction integrity. Basal SFK activity has been observed in normal venular endothelia and was not associated with increased basal permeability. The basal SFK activity however was found to contribute to increased sensitivity of the venular endothelium to inflammatory mediator-induced leakage...
2016: PloS One
Qiao Han, Wang Bing, Yin Di, Li Hua, Li Shi-He, Zheng Yu-Hua, Han Xiu-Guo, Wang Yu-Gang, Fan Qi-Ming, Yang Shih-Mo, Tang Ting-Ting
Gouty arthritis is a rheumatic disease that is characterized by the deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) in synovial joints cause by the increased serum hyperuricemia. This study used a three-dimensional (3D) flowing microfluidic chip to screen the effective candidate against MSU-stimulated human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) damage, and found kinsenoside (Kin) to be the leading active component of Anoectochilus roxburghi, one of the Chinese medicinal plant widely used in the treatment of gouty arthritis clinically...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Weijing Sun, Li Yan
Gastric (including gastroesophageal junction) cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the world. In China, an estimated 420,000 patients were diagnosed with gastric cancer in 2011, ranking this malignancy the second most prevalent cancer type and resulting in near 300,000 deaths. The treatment landscape of gastric cancer has evolved in recent years. Although systemic chemotherapy is still the mainstay treatment of metastatic disease, the introduction of agents targeting human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 and vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular endothelia growth factor receptor has brought this disease into the molecular and personalized medicine era...
2016: Chinese Journal of Cancer
Samir Alkabie, Jayasree Basivireddy, Lixin Zhou, Jane Roskams, Peter Rieckmann, Jacqueline A Quandt
BACKGROUND: SPARC (secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine) is a nonstructural, cell-matrix modulating protein involved in angiogenesis and endothelial barrier function, yet its potential role in cerebrovascular development, inflammation, and repair in the central nervous system (CNS) remains undetermined. METHODS: This study examines SPARC expression in cultured human cerebral microvascular endothelial cells (hCMEC/D3)-an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB)-as they transition between proliferative and barrier phenotypes and encounter pro-inflammatory stimuli...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Emily J A Telford, Wen G Jiang, Tracey A Martin
Formerly known for its importance in the immune system and kidney regeneration, it is becoming more apparent that HAVcR-1 an important protein in cancer biology. HAVcR-1 is overexpressed in numerous cancers and associates with critical molecules of tight junctions. Tight junctions are critical in homeostasis of cellular compartments via the maintenance of epithelia and endothelia however it has also be suggested that via the prevention of dissemination, intravasation and extravasation, tight junctions play a critical role in the prevention of cancer metastasis...
August 31, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Hui Han, Yanjia Chen, Jinzhou Zhu, Jingwei Ni, Jiateng Sun, Ruiyan Zhang
p-cresyl sulfate (PCS) is a protein-bound uremic toxin retained in the blood of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) As atherosclerosis is a primary cardiovascular complication for patients with CKD, the aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanisms underlying the aggravation of atherosclerosis by PCS. In addition, the effect of atorvastatin was assessed in reversing the effects of PCS. PCS was revealed to promote the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Following treatment with atorvastatin, apolipoprotein E knockout mice demonstrated a reduction in PCS‑induced atherogenesis and plaque vulnerability...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Rhodaba Ebady, Alexandra F Niddam, Anna E Boczula, Yae Ram Kim, Nupur Gupta, Tian Tian Tang, Tanya Odisho, Hui Zhi, Craig A Simmons, Jon T Skare, Tara J Moriarty
Systemic dissemination of microbes is critical for progression of many infectious diseases and is associated with most mortality due to bacterial infection. The physical mechanisms mediating a key dissemination step, bacterial association with vascular endothelia in blood vessels, remain unknown. Here, we show that endothelial interactions of the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi under physiological shear stress mechanistically resemble selectin-dependent leukocyte rolling. Specifically, these interactions are mediated by transfer of mechanical load along a series of adhesion complexes and are stabilized by tethers and catch bond properties of the bacterial adhesin BBK32...
September 6, 2016: Cell Reports
Philipp Zimmer, Christian Stritt, Wilhelm Bloch, Frank-Peter Schmidt, Sven Thorsten Hübner, Stephan Binnebößel, Alexander Schenk, Max Oberste
PURPOSE: Acute exercise improves selective aspects of cognition such as executive functioning. Animal studies suggest that some effects are based on exercise-induced alterations in serotonin (5-HT) secretion. This study evaluates the impact of different aerobic exercise intensities on 5-HT serum levels as well as on executive functioning considering 5-HT as a potential mediator. METHODS: 121 young adults (23.8 ± 3.6 years) were examined in a randomized controlled trial including three exercise intervention (35 min) groups (low intensity, 45 % of the maximal heart rate (HRmax); moderate intensity, 65 % HRmax; high intensity, 85 % HRmax) and one control group...
October 2016: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Radka Gromnicova, Mehmet Kaya, Ignacio A Romero, Phil Williams, Simon Satchell, Basil Sharrack, David Male
The selective entry of nanoparticles into target tissues is the key factor which determines their tissue distribution. Entry is primarily controlled by microvascular endothelial cells, which have tissue-specific properties. This study investigated the cellular properties involved in selective transport of gold nanoparticles (<5 nm) coated with PEG-amine/galactose in two different human vascular endothelia. Kidney endothelium (ciGENC) showed higher uptake of these nanoparticles than brain endothelium (hCMEC/D3), reflecting their biodistribution in vivo...
2016: PloS One
Nicole Ziegler, Khader Awwad, Beate Fisslthaler, Marco Reis, Kavi Devraj, Monica Corada, Simone Paolo Minardi, Elisabetta Dejana, Karl H Plate, Ingrid Fleming, Stefan Liebner
UNLABELLED: The canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is crucial for blood-brain barrier (BBB) formation in brain endothelial cells. Although glucose transporter 1, claudin-3, and plasmalemma vesicular-associated protein have been identified as Wnt/β-catenin targets in brain endothelial cells, further downstream targets relevant to BBB formation and function are incompletely explored. By Affymetrix expression analysis, we show that the cytochrome P450 enzyme Cyp1b1 was significantly decreased in β-catenin-deficient mouse endothelial cells, whereas its close homolog Cyp1a1 was upregulated in an aryl hydrocarbon receptor-dependent manner, hence indicating that β-catenin is indispensable for Cyp1b1 but not for Cyp1a1 expression...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Meng Li, Guangyong Li, Hongen Lei, Ruili Guan, Bicheng Yang, Zhezhu Gao, Yu Hui, Fubao Chen, Zhongcheng Xin
OBJECTIVE: To examine the potential and mechanism of three-dimensional (3D) cultures of ADSCs in the treatment of SUI in a rat model simulating menopause combined with preceding childbirth injury. METHODS: ADSCs were used to generate microtissues (MTs) with a hanging drop method. 48 postpartum Sprague-Dawley rats were developed SUI models by 4 hours vagina dilation (VD) followed by bilateral ovariectomy (OV). 10 rats underwent sham OV without VD served as control group...
August 15, 2016: Urology
S Tabariès, P M Siegel
TJs are large intercellular adhesion complexes that maintain cell polarity in normal epithelia and endothelia. During the metastatic process, TJs must be 'loosened' or dismantled in cancer cells to enable migration and dissemination. Diminished TJ integrity must also occur within endothelial cells to allow intravasation and extravasation of cancer cells across endothelial barriers. Claudins are critical components of TJs, forming homo- and heteromeric interactions between the adjacent cells, which have been implicated as key modulators of carcinogenesis and metastasis...
August 15, 2016: Oncogene
Chao Chen, Guangqing Cheng, Xiaoni Yang, Changsheng Li, Ran Shi, Ningning Zhao
Endothelial cell (EC) apoptosis is a crucial process for the development of atherosclerosis. Tanshinol is reported to protect vascular endothelia and attenuate the formation of atherosclerosis. However, the potential molecule mechanism of the protective role of tanshinol in atherosclerosis need to be further investigated. ApoE(-/-)mice were fed with a high-fat diet and treated with tanshinol to detect the effect of tanshinol on endothelial cells apoptosis with TUNEL staining assay. qRT-PCR and Western blot were performed to examine the expression of TUG1 and miR-26a in endothelial cells...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Roland Thuenauer, Stefan Müller, Winfried Römer
INTRODUCTION: A critical factor for the efficacy of drugs is their availability at the site of interest. However, crossing endothelial and epithelial cell layers like the blood-brain barrier and the blood-intestinal barrier represents a major bottleneck for drug targeting. Coupling drugs to carriers that recognize endogenous receptors, which are then transported through cell layers by transcytosis, is a promising approach to overcome this bottleneck. AREAS COVERED: This review focuses on the intracellular pathways of receptor-mediated transcytosis and their applicability for transcellular drug delivery...
August 8, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
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