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Shencun Fang, Huifang Guo, Yusi Cheng, Zewei Zhou, Wei Zhang, Bing Han, Wei Luo, Jing Wang, Weiping Xie, Jie Chao
Excessive proliferation and migration of fibroblasts contribute to pulmonary fibrosis in silicosis, and both epithelial cells and endothelial cells participate in the accumulation of fibroblasts via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), respectively. A mouse endothelial cell line (MML1) was exposed to silicon dioxide (SiO2 , 50 μg/cm2 ), and immunofluorescence and western blot analyses were performed to evaluate levels of specific endothelial and mesenchymal markers and to elucidate the mechanisms by which SiO2 induces the EndMT...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Thenappan Thenappan, Mark L Ormiston, John J Ryan, Stephen L Archer
Pulmonary hypertension is defined as a resting mean pulmonary artery pressure of 25 mm Hg or above. This review deals with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a type of pulmonary hypertension that primarily affects the pulmonary vasculature. In PAH, the pulmonary vasculature is dynamically obstructed by vasoconstriction, structurally obstructed by adverse vascular remodeling, and pathologically non-compliant as a result of vascular fibrosis and stiffening. Many cell types are abnormal in PAH, including vascular cells (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts) and inflammatory cells...
March 14, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
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
Katsuhito Matsuki, Daiki Kato, Masashi Takemoto, Yoshiaki Suzuki, Hisao Yamamura, Susumu Ohya, Hiroshi Takeshima, Yuji Imaizumi
Physiological functions of type 3 ryanodine receptors (RyR3) in smooth muscle (SM) tissues are not well understood, in spite of their wide expression. However, the short isoform of RyR3 is known to be a dominant negative variant (DN-RyR3), which may negatively regulate functions of both RyR2 and full length (FL)-RyR3 by forming hetero-tetramers. Here, functional roles of RyR3 in the regulation of Ca2+ signaling in mesenteric artery SM cells (MASMCs) were examined using RyR3 homozygous knockout mice (RyR3-/- )...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Mamta Gupta, Anna Laury, Marisa R Nucci, Bradley J Quade
AIMS: Current WHO classification defines smooth muscle tumors of uncertain malignant potential (STUMP) as neoplasms that cannot be diagnosed reliably as benign or malignant using generally accepted criteria. This has led to application of various criteria sets; consequently, consistent and reliable outcome data is lacking. The aims of this study were: 1) to compare the frequency of adverse outcome in STUMP based on enhanced criteria; and 2) to perform failure analysis to identify feature(s) helpful in predicting outcome...
March 14, 2018: Histopathology
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
Katharina Wulf, Michael Teske, Claudia Matschegewski, Daniela Arbeiter, Dalibor Bajer, Thomas Eickner, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Niels Grabow
The successive incorporation of several drugs into the polymeric bulk of implants mostly results in loss of considerable quantity of one drug, and/or the loss in quality of the coating and also in changes of drug release time points. A dual drug delivery system (DDDS) based on poly-L-lactide (PLLA) copolymers combining the effective inhibition of smooth muscle cell proliferation while simultaneously promoting re-endothelialization was successfully developed. To overcome possible antagonistic drug interactions and the limitation of the polymeric bulk material as release system for dual drugs, a novel concept which combines the bulk and surface drug immobilization for a DDDS was investigated...
March 12, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Hadis Shakeri, Andreas B Gevaert, Dorien M Schrijvers, Guido R Y De Meyer, Gilles W De Keulenaer, Pieter-Jan D F Guns, Katrien Lemmens, Vincent F Segers
Aims: Cardiovascular ageing is a key determinant of life expectancy. Cellular senescence, a state of irreversible cell cycle arrest, is an important contributor to ageing due to the accumulation of damaged cells. Targeting cellular senescence could prevent age-related cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of neuregulin-1 (NRG-1), an epidermal growth factor with cardioprotective and anti-atherosclerotic effects, on cellular senescence. Methods & results: Senescence was induced in cultured rat aortic endothelial cells (ECs) and aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) by 2 hours exposure to 30 µM hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
March 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
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
Silvia D Visonà, Onno J de Boer, Claire Mackaaij, Hans H de Boer, Kartika R Pertiwi, Ruben W de Winter, Antonio Osculati, Allard C van der Wal
Acute medial dissection of aorta can occur in the context of a sudden and unexpected death. For medico-legal reasons it is important to estimate as accurately the histological age of dissections. We evaluated the additional value of a systematic application of immunohistochemistry, compared with conventional histology only, in determining chronological steps of injury and repair. Thirty two paraffin embedded specimens of aortic dissection were retrospectively allocated to one of four defined stages: acute (I), subacute (II), early organizing (III) and scarring (IV) using Hematoxylin and Eosin and Elastica van Gieson stained sections...
February 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
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
Lars Edvinsson, János Tajti, Levente Szalárdy, László Vécsei
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide implicated in a wide range of functions, such as nociception and in primary headaches. Regarding its localization, PACAP has been observed in the sensory trigeminal ganglion (TG), in the parasympathetic sphenopalatine (SPG) and otic ganglia (OTG), and in the brainstem trigeminocervical complex. Immunohistochemistry has shown PACAP-38 in numerous cell bodies of SPG/OTG, co-stored with vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and, to a minor degree, with choline acetyltransferase...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
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
Yixi Chen, Jianping Cao, Qihui Zhao, Haiyong Luo, Yiguang Wang, Wenjian Dai
Myofibrillogenesis regulator-1 (MR-1) is a novel protein involved in cellular proliferation, migration, inflammatory reaction and signal transduction. However, little information is available on the relationship between MR-1 expression and the progression of atherosclerosis. Here we report atheroprotective effects of silencing MR-1 in a model of Ang II-accelerated atherosclerosis, characterized by suppression focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) signaling pathway, and atherosclerotic lesion macrophage content...
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
Xiaofan Huang, Zhang Yue, Jia Wu, Jiuling Chen, Sihua Wang, Jie Wu, Linyun Ren, Anchen Zhang, Peng Deng, Ke Wang, Chuangyan Wu, Xiangchao Ding, Ping Ye, Jiahong Xia
OBJECTIVE: Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) are severe vascular conditions. Dysfunctional transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling in vascular smooth muscle cells and elevated angiotensin II (AngII) levels are implicated in the development of TAAD. In this study, we investigated whether these 2 factors lead to TAAD in a mouse model and explored the possibility of using microRNA-21 ( miR-21 ) for the treatment of TAAD. APPROACH AND RESULTS: TAAD was developed in Smad3 heterozygous (S3+/- ) mice infused with AngII...
March 8, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Jin Gu Cho, Aram Lee, Woochul Chang, Myeong-Sok Lee, Jongmin Kim
Endothelial cells that line the inner walls of blood vessels are in direct contact with blood and display remarkable heterogeneity in their response to exogenous stimuli. These ECs have unique location-dependent properties determined by the corresponding vascular beds and play an important role in regulating the homeostasis of the vascular system. Evidence suggests that vascular endothelial cells exposed to various environments undergo dynamic phenotypic switching, a key biological program in the context of endothelial heterogeneity, but that might result in EC dysfunction and, in turn, cause a variety of human diseases...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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
Milene R Malheiros-Lima, Washington Pires, Ivana A T Fonseca, Julliane V Joviano-Santos, Anderson J Ferreira, Cândido C Coimbra, Nilo R V Lima, Samuel P Wanner
This study aimed to investigate the chronic effects of caudal artery denervation on morphometric parameters of the tail vascular smooth muscle and on physical exercise-induced thermoregulatory and cardiovascular adjustments in rats. Male Wistar rats were subjected to caudal artery denervation or the sham procedure. Approximately 26-28 days after these procedures, their thermoregulatory and cardiovascular parameters were evaluated at rest and during or following a fatiguing treadmill run. At the end of the experiments, the rats were euthanized, and samples of their tails were removed to evaluate morphometric parameters of the vascular smooth muscle surrounding the caudal artery...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
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