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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346101/semiautomatic-high-content-analysis-of-complex-images-from-cocultures-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-macrophages
#1
Matthias Roeper, Ruediger C Braun-Dullaeus, Sönke Weinert
Automatization in microscopy, cell culture, and the ease of digital imagery allow obtainment of more information from single samples and upscaling of image-based analysis to high-content approaches. Simple segmentation algorithms of biological imagery are nowadays widely spread in biomedical research, but processing of complex sample structures, for example, variable sample compositions, cell shapes, and sizes, and rare events remains a difficult task. As there is no perfect method for image segmentation and fully automatic image analysis of complex content, we aimed to succeed by identification of unique and reliable features within the sample...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345659/oral-chromium-picolinate-impedes-hyperglycemia-induced-atherosclerosis-and-inhibits-proatherogenic-protein-tsp-1-expression-in-stz-induced-type-1-diabetic-apoe-mice
#2
Rituparna Ganguly, Soumyadip Sahu, Vahagn Ohanyan, Rebecca Haney, Ronaldo J Chavez, Shivani Shah, Siri Yalamanchili, Priya Raman
Increasing evidence suggests thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), a potent proatherogenic matricellular protein, as a putative link between hyperglycemia and atherosclerotic complications in diabetes. We previously reported that the micronutrient chromium picolinate (CrP), with long-standing cardiovascular benefits, inhibits TSP-1 expression in glucose-stimulated human aortic smooth muscle cells in vitro. Here, we investigated the atheroprotective action of orally administered CrP in type 1 diabetic apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice and elucidated the role of TSP-1 in this process...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345526/aspects-of-pericytes-and-their-potential-therapeutic-use
#3
Justyna Różycka, Edyta Brzóska, Tomasz Skirecki
Pericytes, which are multi-potential stem cells, co-create the walls of the microvessels: capillaries, terminal arterioles and postcapillary venules. These cells are localized under the basement membrane, tightly encircling the endothelium. The most frequently mentioned molecular markers of pericytes include NG2 (neural-glial antigen 2), β-type platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFRβ), smooth muscle α-actin (α-SMA), regulator of G protein signalling 5 (RGS5), the adhesion protein CD146 and nestin...
March 13, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345303/arterial-ageing-from-endothelial-dysfunction-to-vascular-calcification
#4
M Tesauro, A Mauriello, V Rovella, M Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, C Cardillo, G Melino, N Di Daniele
Complex structural and functional changes occur in the arterial system with advancing age. The aged artery is characterized by changes in microRNA expression patterns, autophagy, smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, and arterial calcification with progressively increased mechanical vessel rigidity and stiffness. With age the vascular smooth muscle cells modify their phenotype from contractile to 'synthetic' determining the development of intimal thickening as early as the second decade of life as an adaptive response to forces acting on the arterial wall...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344760/severe-pulmonary-hypertension-in-aging-female-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice-is-rescued-by-estrogen-replacement-therapy
#5
Soban Umar, Rod Partow-Navid, Gregoire Ruffenach, Andrea Iorga, Shayan Moazeni, Mansoureh Eghbali
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is a multifunctional protein, and its deficiency leads to the development of atherosclerosis in mice. Patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) have reduced expression of ApoE in lung tissue. ApoE is known to inhibit endothelial and smooth muscle cell proliferation and has anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet aggregation properties. Young ApoE-deficient mice have been shown to develop PH on high fat diet. The combined role of female sex and aging in the development of PH has not been investigated before...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344045/ezh2-mediated-%C3%AE-actin-methylation-needs-lncrna-tug1-and-promotes-the-cortex-cytoskeleton-formation-in-vsmcs
#6
Rong Chen, Peng Kong, Fan Zhang, Ya-Nan Shu, Xi Nie, Li-Hua Dong, Yan-Ling Lin, Xiao-Li Xie, Li-Li Zhao, Xiang-Jian Zhang, Mei Han
Recent studies have revealed that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) participate in vascular homeostasis and pathophysiological conditions development. But still very few literatures elucidate the regulatory mechanism of non-coding RNAs in this biological process. Here we identified lncRNA taurine up-regulated gene 1 (TUG1) in rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), and got 4612bp nucleotide sequence. The expression level of TUG1 RNA was increased in synthetic VSMCs by real-time PCR analysis. Meanwhile, the expression of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) (TUG1 binding protein) increased in cytoplasm of VSMCs under the same conditions...
March 23, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342976/translating-the-microrna-signature-of-microvesicles-derived-from-human-coronary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-in-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-and-coronary-artery-disease
#7
David de Gonzalo-Calvo, Ana Cenarro, Katia Garlaschelli, Fabio Pellegatta, David Vilades, Laura Nasarre, Sandra Camino-Lopez, Javier Crespo, Francesc Carreras, Rubén Leta, Alberico Luigi Catapano, Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Fernando Civeira, Vicenta Llorente-Cortes
AIMS: To analyze the impact of atherogenic lipoproteins on the miRNA signature of microvesicles derived from human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (CASMC) and to translate these results to familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. METHODS: Conditioned media was collected after exposure of CASMC to atherogenic lipoproteins. Plasma samples were collected from two independent populations of diagnosed FH patients and matched normocholesterolemic controls (Study population 1, N=50; Study population 2, N=24) and a population of patients with suspected CAD (Study population 3, N=50)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342889/heteromeric-complexes-of-aldo-keto-reductase-auxiliary-kv%C3%AE-subunits-akr6a-regulate-sarcolemmal-localization-of-kv1-5-in-coronary-arterial-myocytes
#8
Matthew A Nystoriak, Deqing Zhang, Ganapathy Jagatheesan, Aruni Bhatnagar
Redox-sensitive potassium channels consisting of the voltage-gated K(+) (KV) channel pore subunit KV1.5 regulate resting membrane potential and thereby contractility of vascular smooth muscle cells. Members of the KV1 family associate with cytosolic auxiliary β subunits, which are members of the aldo-keto reductase (AKR) superfamily (AKR6A subfamily). The Kvβ subunits have been proposed to regulate Kv1 gating via pyridine nucleotide cofactor binding. However, the molecular identity of KVβ subunits that associate with native KV1...
March 22, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342807/myocardin-inhibited-the-gap-protein-connexin-43-via-promoted-mir-206-to-regulate-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotypic-switch
#9
Hui Li, Yuan Xiang, Li-Juan Fan, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Jia-Peng Li, Cheng-Xi Yu, Le-Yuan Bao, Dong-Sun Cao, Wei-Bing Xing, Xing-Hua Liao, Tong-Cun Zhang
Myocardin is regarded as a key mediator for the change of smooth muscle phenotype. The gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43) has been shown to be involved in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation and the development of atherosclerosis. However, the role of myocardin on gap junction of cell communication and the relation between myocardin and Cx43 in VSMC phenotypic switch has not been investigated. The goal of the present study is to investigate the molecular mechanism by which myocardin affects Cx43-regulated VSMC proliferation...
March 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342289/tgf%C3%AE-taz-srf-signaling-regulates-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-differentiation
#10
Christina Pagiatakis, Dandan Sun, Stephanie Wales Tobin, Tetsuaki Miyake, John C McDermott
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) do not terminally differentiate; they modulate their phenotype between proliferative and differentiated states, which is a major factor contributing to vascular diseases. TGFβ signaling has been implicated in inducing VSMC differentiation, although the exact mechanism remains largely unknown. Our goal was to assess the network of transcription factors involved in the induction of VSMC differentiation, and to determine the role of TAZ in promoting the quiescent VSMC phenotype...
March 25, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341659/chronic-microaspiration-of-bile-acids-induces-lung-fibrosis-through-multiple-mechanisms-in-rats
#11
Bi Chen, Wen Jie You, Xue Qing Liu, Shan Xue, Hui Qin, Han Dong Jiang
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and microaspiration of duodenogastric refluxate have been recognized as a risk factor for pulmonary fibrosis. Recent evidence implicates that bile acid microaspiration may contribute to the development of lung fibrosis. However, the molecular evidences are scarce and the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. We have recently demonstrated that bile acids induce activation of alveolar epithelial cells and lung fibroblasts in vitro In this study, a rat model of bile acid microaspiration was established by weekly intratracheal instillation of three major bile acids including chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), deoxycholic acid (DCA) and lithocholic acid (LCA) ...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341058/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-stimulators-and-activators-a-review-of-the-preclinical-evidence
#12
Peter Sandner, Johannes Peter Stasch
It is now well established that the NO-sGC-cGMP signal transduction system mediates many different physiological functions in almost every conceivable organ system; this has been best characterized in the cardiovascular system where NO-driven cGMP production exerts a plethora of cytoprotective and anti-atherogenic effects, including dilatation, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle proliferation, blockade of leukocyte recruitment, and anti-platelet activity. Accordingly, dysfunctional NO-sGC-cGMP mediated signaling is perceived as the underlying pathophysiological cause of many cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diseases...
January 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339937/uterine-artery-leptin-receptors-during-the-ovarian-cycle-and-pregnancy-regulate-angiogenesis-in-ovine-uterine-artery-endothelial-cells
#13
Vladimir E Vargas, Rosalina Villalon Landeros, Gladys E Lopez, Jing Zheng, Ronald R Magness
Leptin regulates body weight, reproductive functions, blood pressure, endothelial function, and fetoplacental angiogenesis. Compared to the luteal phase, the follicular phase and pregnancy are physiological states of elevated estrogen, angiogenesis, and uterine blood flow (UBF). Little is known concerning leptin and its receptors (OB-R) for regulating uterine artery (UA) angiogenesis. We : 1) Ex vivo expression of OB-R in UA endothelium (UAendo) and UA vascular smooth muscle (UAvsm) is elevated in pregnant vs...
March 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339090/inhibition-of-farnesyl-pyrophosphate-synthase-attenuates-high-glucose%C3%A2-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-proliferation
#14
Guo-Ping Chen, Xiao-Qin Zhang, Tao Wu, Jie Han, Dan Ye
The proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is one of the main features of atherosclerosis accelerated by hyperglycemia. Our previous studies found that farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS, EC 2.5.1.10), an essential enzyme in the mevalonate pathway, was upregulated in aorta media from diabetic mice along with the process of atherosclerosis. However, the exact role of FPPS in high glucose‑induced proliferation of VSMCs is largely unclear. In our study, we found that alendronate (an FPPS inhibitor) attenuated diabetic accelerated atherosclerosis in vivo and suppressed high glucose‑induced VSMCs proliferation in vitro...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339005/curcumin-inhibits-angiotensin-ii-induced-inflammation-and-proliferation-of-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-by-elevating-ppar-%C3%AE-activity-and-reducing-oxidative-stress
#15
Hai-Yu Li, Mei Yang, Ze Li, Zhe Meng
Angiotensin II (AngII)-induced production of inflammatory factors and proliferation in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) play an important role in the progression of atherosclerotic plaques. Growing evidence has demonstrated that activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) effectively attenuates AngII-induced inflammation and intercellular reactive oxygen species (iROS) production. Curcumin (Cur) inhibits inflammatory responses by enhancing PPAR-γ activity and reducing oxidative stress in various tissues...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338184/microrna-370-3p-inhibits-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-via-targeting-kdr-akt-signaling-pathway-in-cerebral-aneurysm
#16
W-Z Hou, X-L Chen, W Wu, C-H Hang
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral aneurysm is a common vascular disease with high morbidity and mortality. Vascular smooth muscle deletion or dysplasia is an important reason for the development of cerebral aneurysm. MiRNAs participate in a variety of biological functions through inhibiting target gene translation. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of miRNAs in the regulation of vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MiRNA and mRNA expressions were tested by Real-time PCR...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338173/valsartan-reduces-at1-aa-induced-apoptosis-through-suppression-oxidative-stress-mediated-er-stress-in-endothelial-progenitor-cells
#17
Z-C Wang, J Qi, L-M Liu, J Li, H-Y Xu, B Liang, B Li
OBJECTIVE: Valsartan has been reported to have the function of treating hypertension and improving the prognosis of patients. Many studies indicated that valsartan can also increase angiotensin II, andosterone and plasma renin activity (PRA). Autoantibodies against the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1-AA) have been showed to increase reactive oxygen species (ROS) and calcium (Ca2+) and result in apoptosis in vascular smooth muscle cells. In this study, we attempted to explore the effect of valsartan on AT1-AA-induced apoptosis in endothelial progenitor cells...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337290/down-regulation-of-hsa-mir-148b-inhibits-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-proliferation-and-migration-by-directly-targeting-hsp90-in-atherosclerosis
#18
Xinqi Zhang, Hua Shi, Yuanlin Wang, Jianxin Hu, Zhaolin Sun, Shuxiong Xu
The abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are crucial pathological processes that are involved in atherosclerosis. Growing evidence suggests that microRNAs (miRNAs) play critical roles in VSMCs functions. Here, we analyzed the expression of four atherosclerosis-related miRNAs and found that hsa-miR-148b was significantly down-regulated in plaques from atherosclerotic patients compared to a healthy control group. The restoration of hsa-miR-148b function in cells transfected with a hsa-miR-148b mimicmarkedly inhibited VSMCs proliferation and migration compared to a hsa-miR-148b mimic control...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336559/microvascular-endothelial-dysfunction-in-obesity-is-driven-by-macrophage-dependent-hydrogen-sulfide-depletion
#19
Joseph Candela, Rui Wang, Carl White
OBJECTIVE: The function of perivascular adipose tissue as an anticontractile mediator in the microvasculature is lost during obesity. Obesity results in inflammation and recruitment of proinflammatory macrophages to the perivascular adipose tissue that is paralleled by depletion of the vasorelaxant signaling molecule hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the vessel. The current objective was to assess the role of macrophages in determining vascular [H2S] and defining how this impinged on vasodilation...
March 23, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336473/unravelling-the-complexities-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-ion-channels-fine-tuning-of-activity-by-ancillary-subunits
#20
REVIEW
Thomas A Jepps
Which ion channel is the most important for regulating vascular tone? Which one is responsible for controlling the resting membrane potential or repolarization? Which channels are recruited by different intracellular signalling pathways or change in certain vascular diseases? Many different ion channels have been identified in the vasculature over the years and claimed as future therapeutic targets. Unfortunately, several of these ion channels are not just found in the vasculature, with many of them also found to have prominent functional roles in different organs of the body, which then leads to off-target effects...
March 20, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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