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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791873/rhoa-rock-signaling-regulates-smooth-muscle-phenotypic-modulation-and-vascular-remodeling-via-the-jnk-pathway-and-vimentin-cytoskeleton
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Lian Tang, Fan Dai, Yan Liu, Xiaoqiang Yu, Chao Huang, Yuqin Wang, Wenjuan Yao
The RhoA/ROCK signaling pathway regulates cell morphology, adhesion, proliferation, and migration. In this study, we investigated the regulatory role of RhoA/ROCK signaling on PDGF-BB-mediated smooth muscle phenotypic modulation and vascular remodeling and clarified the molecular mechanisms behind these effects. PDGF-BB treatment induced the activation of RhoA, ROCK, PDGF-Rβ, and the expression of PDGF-Rβ in HA-VSMCs (human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells). PDGF-Rβ inhibition and RhoA suppression blocked PDGF-BB-induced RhoA activation and ROCK induction...
May 20, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790164/purinergic-receptor-stimulation-induces-calcium-oscillations-and-smooth-muscle-contraction-in-small-pulmonary-veins
#2
Mauricio Henriquez, Marcelo Fonseca, Jose F Perez-Zoghbi
KEY POINTS: We investigated the excitation-contraction coupling mechanisms in small pulmonary veins (SPVs) in rat precision-cut lung slices. We found that SPVs contract strongly and reversibly in response to extracellular ATP and other vasoconstrictors, including angiotensin-II and endothelin-1. ATP-induced vasoconstriction in SPVs was associated with the stimulation of purinergic P2Y2 receptors in vascular smooth muscle cell, activation of phospholipase C-β and the generation of intracellular Ca2+ oscillations mediated by cyclic Ca2+ release events via the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789158/rap1-promotes-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-via-the-erk-pathway
#3
Qin Li, Yunfei Teng, Jian Wang, Miao Yu, Yiqing Li, Hong Zheng
BACKGROUND: Rap1 is involved in a multitude of cellular signal transduction pathways, which has extensively been linked to cell proliferation and migration. It has been shown to be important in the regulation of physiological and pathological processes. The present study aims to elucidate its detailed mechanistic in proliferation and migration. MATERIAL/METHODS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were transfected with pcDNA3.1(empty vector), pcDNA3.1 containing Myc-Tagged-Rap1V12 (Rap1V12) or pcDNA3...
April 17, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786783/a-xenograft-model-for-venous-malformation
#4
Jillian Goines, Xian Li, Yuqi Cai, Paula Mobberley-Schuman, Megan Metcalf, Steven J Fishman, Denise M Adams, Adrienne M Hammill, Elisa Boscolo
Vascular malformations are defects caused by the abnormal growth of the vasculature. Among them, venous malformation (VM) is an anomaly characterized by slow-flow vascular lesions with abnormally shaped veins, typically in sponge-like configuration. VMs can expand over years causing disfigurement, obstruction of vital structures, thrombosis, bleeding, and pain. Treatments have been very limited and primarily based on supportive care, compression garments, sclerotherapy, and/or surgical resection. Sirolimus treatment has recently shown efficacy in some patients with complicated vascular anomalies, including VMs...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785051/hyaluronan-negatively-regulates-vascular-calcification-involving-bmp2-signaling
#5
Yonglun Kong, Qingchun Liang, Yanting Chen, Pingzhen Yang, Xiaoyu Liu, Yining Li, Siyuan Feng, Ji Wu, Wantao Liu, Jingyi Tang, Huimin Yu, Jing-Song Ou, Lihe Lu, Jianyun Yan
Vascular calcification is a highly regulated biological process similar to bone formation involving osteogenic differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Hyaluronan (HA), a major structural component of the extracellular matrix in cartilage, has been shown to inhibit osteoblast differentiation. However, whether HA affects osteogenic differentiation and calcification of VSMCs remains unclear. In the present study, we used in vitro and ex vivo models of vascular calcification to investigate the role of HA in vascular calcification...
May 21, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780644/spindle-cell-hemangioma-in-the-mucosa-of-the-upper-lip-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Kazuhiro Murakami, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Tsutomu Sugiura, Tadaaki Kirita
Spindle cell hemangioma (SCH) is a unique benign vascular lesion. We present a case of SCH in the upper lip of a 41-year-old woman. A submucosal nodular mass 30 × 20 mm in size was observed in the left upper lip. The mass developed 5 years earlier and enlarged after repeated ethanol injections. The mass was elastic firm, mobile, bluish in color, and well demarcated in magnetic resonance imaging. Under the clinical diagnosis of hemangioma, surgical excision was performed under local anesthesia. Microscopically, the lesion was composed of irregular cavernous spaces and multiple solid cellular areas...
2018: Case Reports in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780355/therapeutic-interference-with-vascular-calcification-lessons-from-klotho-hypomorphic-mice-and-beyond
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Florian Lang, Christina Leibrock, Lisann Pelzl, Meinrad Gawaz, Burkert Pieske, Ioana Alesutan, Jakob Voelkl
Medial vascular calcification, a major pathophysiological process associated with cardiovascular disease and mortality, involves osteo-/chondrogenic transdifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). In chronic kidney disease (CKD), osteo-/chondrogenic transdifferentiation of VSMCs and, thus, vascular calcification is mainly driven by hyperphosphatemia, resulting from impaired elimination of phosphate by the diseased kidneys. Hyperphosphatemia with subsequent vascular calcification is a hallmark of klotho-hypomorphic mice, which are characterized by rapid development of multiple age-related disorders and early death...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779031/a-novel-ex-vivo-mouse-mesometrium-culture-model-for-investigating-angiogenesis-in-microvascular-networks
#8
Ariana D Suarez-Martinez, Susanne Bierschenk, Katie Huang, Dana Kaplan, Carolyn L Bayer, Stryder M Meadows, Markus Sperandio, Walter L Murfee
BACKGROUND: The development of models that incorporate intact microvascular networks enables the investigation of multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis. Our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as such a tool, which would be enhanced with mouse tissue. Since mouse mesentery is avascular, an alternative is mouse mesometrium, the connective tissue of uterine horns. The study's objective was to demonstrate that mouse mesometrium contains microvascular networks that can be cultured to investigate multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778521/vasculature-on-the-clock-circadian-rhythm-and-vascular-dysfunction
#9
REVIEW
Sandra Crnko, Martin Cour, Linda W Van Laake, Sandrine Lecour
The master mammalian circadian clock (i.e. central clock), located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, orchestrates the synchronization of the daily behavioural and physiological rhythms to better adapt the organism to the external environment in an anticipatory manner. This central clock is entrained by a variety of signals, the best established being light and food. However, circadian cycles are not simply the consequences of these two cues but are generated by endogenous circadian clocks...
May 17, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777903/sox9-is-increased-in-arterial-plaque-and-stenosis-associated-with-synthetic-phenotype-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-causes-alterations-in-extracellular-matrix-and-calcification
#10
Antje Augstein, Johannes Mierke, David M Poitz, Ruth H Strasser
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) exhibit a dual role in progression and maintenance of arteriosclerosis. They are fundamental for plaque stability but also can drive plaque progression. During pathogenic vascular remodeling, VSMC transdifferentiate into a phenotype with enhanced proliferation and migration. Moreover, they exert an increased capacity to generate extracellular matrix proteins. A special lineage of transdifferentiated VSMC expresses Sox9, a multi-functional transcription factor. The aim of the study was to examine the role of Sox9 in phenotypic alterations leading to arteriosclerosis...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777873/cinnamaldehyde-protects-vsmcs-against-ox-ldl-induced-proliferation-and-migration-through-s-arrest-and-inhibition-of-p38-jnk-mapks-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#11
Weifeng Li, Wenbing Zhi, Jinmeng Zhao, Qing Yao, Fang Liu, Xiaofeng Niu
Cinnamaldehyde (Cin), as a traditional flavor constituent isolated from the bark of Cinnamonum cassia Presl, has been commonly used for - digestive, cardiovascular and immune system diseases. The pathology of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) accelerated the progression of atherosclerosis. In our study, we found that cinnamaldehyde significantly suppressed ox-LDL-induced VSMCs proliferation, migration and inflammatory cytokine overproduction, as well as foam cell formation in VSMCs and macrophages. Moreover, cinnamaldehyde inhibited the phosphorylation of p38, JNK and p65 NF-κB and increased heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) activity...
May 16, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777793/homocysteine-induces-vascular-inflammatory-response-via-smad7-hypermethylation-in-human-umbilical-vein-smooth-muscle-cells
#12
Li-Hua Wei, Nai-Xia Chao, Si Gao, Ya-Ting Yu, Lin Shi, Xin-Bo Ma, Na Liao, Ke Lan, Yu Luo, Zheng-Yi Xie, Yuan-Yuan Li
Homocysteine (Hcy) can induce atherosclerosis through the inflammatory response and DNA methylation disorder. Our recent study has reported a novel epigenetic modified gene related to atherosclerosis -SMAD7. To further understand the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, the current study was designed to investigate an inflammatory role of Hcy in human umbilical vein smooth muscle cells (HUVSMCs) through interfering with SMAD7 methylation. Using MALDI-TOF MS, we found that Hcy increased DNA methylation levels of SMAD7 promoter in a dose and time-dependent manner in HUVSMCs...
May 16, 2018: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777058/gpr40-is-a-low-affinity-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-receptor-in-vascular-cells
#13
Sang Kyu Park, Anja Herrnreiter, Sandra L Pfister, Kathryn M Gauthier, Benjamin A Falck, John R Falck, William B Campbell
Endothelium-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) have numerous vascular activities mediated by G protein--coupled receptors. Long-chain free fatty acids and EETs activate GPR40, prompting us to investigate the role of GPR40 in some vascular EET activities. 14,15-EET, 11,12-EET, arachidonic acid, and the GPR40 agonist GW9508 increase intracellular calcium concentrations in human GPR40-overexpressing HEK293 cells (EC50 = 0.58 ± 0.08 μM, 0.91 ± 0.08 μM, 3.9 ± 0.06 μM and 19 ± 0.37 nM, respectively)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775572/gene-therapy-with-antisense-oligonucleotides-silencing-c-myc-reduces-neointima-formation-and-vessel-wall-thickness-in-a-mouse-model-of-vein-graft-disease
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Christina Maria Steger, Nikolaos Bonaros, Ralf Joachim Rieker, Johannes Bonatti, Thomas Schachner
Gene therapy for avoiding intimal hyperplasia of vein grafts after coronary artery bypass grafting is still discussed controversially. A promising application of gene therapy in vein grafts is the use of antisense oligonucleotides to block the expression of genes encoding cell cycle regulatory proteins in vascular smooth muscle cells. C-myc, either directly or by regulating the expression of other proteins, controls cell proliferation, apoptosis and cell survival, tissue remodeling, angiogenesis, cell metabolism, production of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, and also participates in cell transformation...
May 15, 2018: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775430/gene-expression-profile-analysis-of-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-reveals-upregulation-of-cadherin-genes-in-myocardial-infarction-patients
#15
Anselm A Derda, Chin Cheng Woo, Thidathip Wongsurawat, Mark Richards, Chuen Neng Lee, Theo Kofidis, Vladimir A Kuznetsov, Vitaly A Sorokin
Myocardial infarction (MI) induced by acute coronary arterial occlusion is usually secondary to atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Dysregulated response of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in atherosclerotic plaques may promote plaque rupture. Cadherins (CDHs) form adherens junctions and are known stabilizers of atherosclerotic plaques. To date, the expression patterns of cadherin have not been well investigated in MI aortic VSMCs. We aimed to investigate the expression of cadherin genes in the aortic wall of patients with and without MI...
May 18, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775416/downregulation-of-the-%C3%AE-1-and-%C3%AE-1-subunit-of-sgc-in-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-of-opscc-is-hpv-independent
#16
Y Korkmaz, H C Roggendorf, O G Siefer, J Seehawer, T Imhof, M Plomann, W Bloch, A Friebe, C U Huebbers
The nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) is a heterodimeric enzyme with an α and β subunit. NO binds to heme of the β1 -subunit of sGC, activates the enzyme in the reduced heme iron state in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), and generates cGMP-inducing vasodilatation and suppression of VSMC proliferation. In the complex tumor milieu with higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), sGC heme iron may become oxidized and insensitive to NO. To change sGC from an NO-insensitive to NO-sensitive state or NO-independent manner, protein expression of sGC in VSMC is required...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775413/human-cerebral-collateral-arteriole-function-in-normal-cognition-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-subjects
#17
Raymond Q Migrino, Seth Truran, Nina Karamanova, Geidy Serrano, Calvin Madrigal, Hannah A Davies, Jillian Madine, Peter Reaven, Thomas G Beach
Clinical and preclinical studies suggest a link between cardiovascular disease and dementia disorders but the role of collateral brain circulation in cognitive dysfunction remains unknown. We aim to test the hypothesis that leptomeningeal arteriole (LMA) function and response to metabolic stressors differ among dementia, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and normal cognition (CN) subjects. Following rapid autopsy, LMA were isolated from CN (N=10), MCI (N=12) or dementia subjects (N=42, Alzheimer's disease [AD], vascular dementia [VaD], or Other Dementia) and endothelial and smooth muscle-dependent function were measured at baseline and following exposure to β-amyloid (Aβ42 2 μM), palmitic acid (PA 150 μM) or medin (5μM) and compared...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775408/lack-of-tone-in-mouse-small-mesenteric-arteries-leads-to-outward-remodeling-which-can-be-prevented-by-prolonged-agonist-induced-vasoconstriction
#18
Anika Klein, Philomeena Daphne Joseph, Vibeke Grøsfjeld Christensen, Lars Jørn Jensen, Jens Christian Brings Jacobsen
Inward remodeling of resistance vessels is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events. Thus far, the remodeling process remains incompletely elucidated, but the activation level of the vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) appears to play a central role. Accordingly, previous data suggest that an antagonistic and, supposedly beneficial, response - outward remodeling - may follow prolonged vasodilatation. This study aims to determine if 1) outward remodeling follows 3 days of vessel culture without tone, 2) a similar response can be elicited in a much shorter 4-hour time frame and finally 3) a 4-hour response can be prevented or reversed by the presence of vasoconstrictors in the medium...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772649/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-pathophysiology-and-treatment
#19
REVIEW
Norris S H Lan, Benjamin D Massam, Sandeep S Kulkarni, Chim C Lang
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), the first category of pulmonary hypertension, is a chronic and progressive disorder characterised by angioproliferative vasculopathy in the pulmonary arterioles, leading to endothelial and smooth muscle proliferation and dysfunction, inflammation and thrombosis. These changes increase pulmonary vascular resistance and subsequent pulmonary arterial pressure, causing right ventricular failure which leads to eventual death if untreated. The management of PAH has advanced rapidly in recent years due to improved understanding of the condition's pathophysiology, specifically the nitric oxide, prostacyclin-thromboxane and endothelin-1 pathways...
May 16, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771623/effects-of-an-ethanolic-extract-of-mulberry-fruit-on-blood-pressure-and-vascular-remodeling-in-spontaneous-hypertensive-rats
#20
Sang Woong Park, Kyung Chul Shin, Soon-Kyu Yoou, Hyun Ji Park, Seo Hyeon Eun, Young Min Bae, Hyang Mi Lee, Han-Jung Chae, Soo-Wan Chae, Bok Hee Choi
Mulberry (Morus alba) has been used in traditional oriental medicine since ages. Recently, it has been reported that mulberry produces hypotensive effects through the eNOS signaling pathway. However, the mechanism underlying the hypotensive effects of mulberry is not entirely clear. Moreover, the effects of mulberry on vascular remodeling events such as hyperplasia, an important etiology in the pathogenesis of hypertension and arteriosclerosis, are also ambiguous. Here, we hypothesized that an ethanolic extract of mulberry fruit (EMF) has beneficial effects on vascular remodeling and produces hypotensive effects...
May 17, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
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