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Vascular reactivity

Seung Kyum Kim, Joshua J Avila, Michael P Massett
Understanding the genetic influence on vascular reactivity is important for identifying genes underlying impaired vascular function. The purpose of this study was to characterize the genetic contribution to intrinsic vascular function and to identify loci associated with phenotypic variation in vascular reactivity in mice. Concentration response curves to phenylephrine (PE), potassium chloride (KCl), acetylcholine (ACh), and sodium nitroprusside (SNP) were generated in aortic rings from male mice (12-wk old) from 27 inbred mouse strains...
October 7, 2016: Physiological Genomics
E Matyja, W Grajkowska, K Stępień, E Naganska
Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are the most frequent primary astroglial tumours affecting children and adolescents. They occur sporadically or in association with a genetically determined syndrome - neurofibromatosis type 1. Classic PA usually manifests as a well-circumscribed, often cystic, slowly growing tumour, which corresponds to WHO grade I. The majority of pilocytic tumours arise along the neuraxis, predominantly in the cerebellum. They are associated with favourable long-term outcome or spontaneous regression, even after incomplete resection...
2016: Folia Neuropathologica
Albino Carrizzo, Antonio Damato, Mariateresa Ambrosio, Antonia Falco, Alessandra Rosati, Mario Capunzo, Michele Madonna, Maria C Turco, James L Januzzi, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Carmine Vecchione
Bcl2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3), is constitutively expressed in a few normal cell types, including myocytes, peripheral nerves and in the brain, and is also expressed in certain tumors. To date, the main studies about the role of BAG3 are focused on its pro-survival effect in tumors through various mechanisms that vary according to cellular type. Recently, elevated concentrations of a soluble form of BAG3 were described in patients affected by advanced stage of heart failure (HF), identifying BAG3 as a potentially useful biomarker in monitoring HF progression...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Julienne K Muenzner, Bernhard Biersack, Alexander Albrecht, Tobias Rehm, Ulrike Lacher, Wolfgang Milius, Angela Casini, Jing-Jing Zhang, Ingo Ott, Viktor Brabec, Olga Stuchlikova, Ion C Andronache, Detlef Schuppan, Leonard Kaps, Rainer Schobert
Four gold(I) carbene complexes featuring 4-ferrocenyl substituted imidazol-2-ylidene ligands were investigated for antiproliferative and antivascular properties. They were active against a panel of seven cancer cell lines, including multidrug-resistant ones, with low micromolar or nanomolar IC50 (72 h) values, according to their lipophilicity and cellular uptake. The delocalised lipophilic cationic complexes 8 and 10 acted by increasing the reactive oxygen species in two ways: via a genuine ferrocene effect and by inhibiting the thioredoxin reductase...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Anjali P Kusumbe
The vasculature of the skeletal system regulates osteogenesis and hematopoiesis, in addition to its primary function as a transportation network. Recent studies suggest that the vasculature in bone regulates multiple steps involved in the metastatic cascade. Matrix and growth factor abundant vascular microenvironments in bone not only provide a fertile soil for the metastatic growth but also support the dormancy of Disseminated Tumour Cells (DTCs). Interestingly, vasculature also seems to direct the reactivation of dormant DTCs...
September 2016: Journal of Bone Oncology
Jeong-Min Kim, Kwang-Yeol Park, Dong-Woo Shin, Moo-Seok Park, Oh-Sang Kwon
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Elevated serum homocysteine level is known to be associated with increased risk of vascular event due to endothelial senescence. We investigated the association between serum homocysteine level and cerebral arteriosclerosis status including intracranial vascular calcification and atherosclerosis burden. METHODS: We identified 1193 consecutive patients (mean age = 68.6 ± 12.7, 537 female patients) who were admitted with acute cerebral infarction or transient ischemic attack from a single university medical center...
October 13, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Byeong Hwa Jeon
Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1/redox factor-1 (APE1/Ref-1) is a multifunctional protein that plays a central role in the cellular response to DNA damage and redox regulation against oxidative stress. APE1/Ref-1 is essential for cellular survival and embryonic lethal in knockout mouse models. Heterozygous APE1/Ref-1 mice showed impaired endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, reduced vascular NO levels, and are hypertensive. APE1/Ref-1 reduces intracellular reactive oxygen species production by negatively regulating the activity of the NADPH oxidase...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lama Ghazi, Tanja Dudenbostel, Deborah Ejem, Anne Turner-Henson, Cynthia Irwin Joiner, Olivia Affuso, Andres Azuero, David A Calhoun, Marti Rice, Fadi Hage, Suzanne Oparil
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of measuring non-invasively central aortic blood pressure (BP) and indices of arterial stiffness (aortic augmentation index (AIx) and pulse wave velocity (PWV)) in 3-5 year old children and assess if vascular function is affected by vascular inflammation (Serum C-reactive protein (CRP)) and /or cortisol. DESIGN AND METHOD: Central BP, AIx, and PWV were measured using applanation tonometry (SphygmoCor) in 16 children recruited from Head Start centers in AL...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pierre Paradis, Suellen C Coelho, Sofiane Ouerd, Júlio C Fraulob-Aquino, Stefan Offermanns, Ernesto L Schiffrin
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms of blood pressure (BP) regulation by endothelin (ET)-1 produced by endothelial cells are complex and remain unclear. Recently, we developed a transgenic mouse with tamoxifen-inducible endothelium-restricted human ET-1 overexpression (ieET-1) using Cre/loxP technology. ieET-1 mice exhibited a BP increase after three weeks of induction in an ET type A receptor-dependent manner, in absence of evident vascular injury. It is unknown whether long-term exposure to ET-1 overexpression results in persistent BP elevation and vascular injury...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pierre Paradis, Sofiane Ouerd, Noureddine Idris-Khodja, Michelle Trindade, Suellen C Coelho, Karin A Jandeleit-Dahm, Ernesto L Schiffrin
OBJECTIVE: The prognosis of type-1 diabetes remains poor and is primarily related to the increased risk of vascular complications. Overproduction of reactive oxygen species by NADPH oxidase (NOX) is believed to play an important role in diabetes-related vascular injury. NOX1 may play a role in the macrovascular disease, whereas NOX4 may have protective actions. Nevertheless, their role in diabetic microangiopathy is less well understood. We hypothesized that deletion of Nox1 would prevent diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction and vascular remodeling of small arteries whereas Nox4 would exaggerate vascular injury...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pierre Paradis, Tlili Barhoumi, Muhammad Oneeb Rehman Mian, Julio C Fraulob-Aquino, Asia Rehman, Nourredine Idris-Khodja, Ernesto L Schiffrin
OBJECTIVE: Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) is involved in cardiovascular disease. Whether MMP2 plays a role in hypertension and vascular damage is unknown. We hypothesized that Mmp2 knockout will prevent angiotensin (Ang) II-induced hypertension and vascular injury. DESIGN AND METHOD: Mmp2 knockout (Mmp2) and wild-type (WT) mice were infused with Ang II (1000 ng/kg/min, SC) for 14 days. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) was measured by telemetry, and mesenteric artery (MA) endothelial function and vascular remodeling by pressurized myography...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ruan Kruger, Moliehi Mothae, Wayne Smith
OBJECTIVE: Cigarette smoking weakens the antioxidant defence system and is considered a lifestyle risk factor contributing to cardiovascular disease progression. Little information exists on these links in non-smoking versus smoking populations. We aimed to explore the associations of oxidative stress with markers of vascular function in a young, normotensive bi-ethnic population. DESIGN AND METHOD: We included 237 non-smokers (108 black and 129 white) and 145 smokers (78 black and 67 white) from South Africa between ages 20 and 30 years...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Bin Wang, Qianqian Sun, Yingsha Li, Peng Li, Weijie Xia, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Taurine, the most abundant, semiessential, sulfur-containing amino acid, is well known to improve metabolic status in animal models. However, no rigorous clinical trial has validated whether this beneficial effect of taurine occurs in human, especially in prehypertensive participants. DESIGN AND METHOD: In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, we assessed the effects of taurine intervention on metabolic parameters, such as blood pressure (BP) levels, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), ankle brachial index (ABI)/toe brachial index (TBI), BMI and biochemical parameters in prehypertensive participants...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Masahiro Nezu, Tomokazu Souma, Lei Yu, Hiroki Sekine, Takashi Moriguchi, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Sadayoshi Ito, Norio Suzuki, Masayuki Yamamoto
OBJECTIVE: Placental activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in pathogenesis of preeclampsia. RAS induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by activating NADPH oxidases. Keap1-Nrf2 system is a critical regulator for cellular anti-oxidative stress response through controlling transcription of antioxidant genes. This study has explored the relationship between RAS-induced ROS signaling and Keap1-Nrf2 system in preeclampsia. DESIGN AND METHOD: To examine the contribution of Keap1-Nrf2 system to preeclampsia pathology, we generated transgenic mouse models of preeclampsia/pregnancy-associated hypertension (PAH mice), in which RAS is activated selectively in late pregnancy, under deficient, normal or active Nrf2 conditions...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Modar Kassan, Ajit Vikram, Qiuxia Li, Young-Rae Kim, Santosh Kumar, Julia Jacob, Irani Kaikobad
OBJECTIVE: Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress leads to vascular endothelial dysfunction in hypertension. The role of microRNAs in vascular ER stress is not fully understood. Here we examined the role of vascular microRNA-204 (miR-204) in inducing endothelial ER stress and dysfunction by governing the expression of the SIRTUIN1 (SIRT1) lysine deacetylase. DESIGN AND METHOD: Human Umbilical Vein cells (HUVECs) were treated with tunicamycin or transfected with miR-204 Mimic or siRNA SIRT1...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rhian M Touyz
Pathophysiological mechanisms contributing to hypertension include injury to small arteries, characterised by endothelial dysfunction, vascular remodeling, fibrosis and inflammation, (so called hypertensive vascular phenotype). These changes are initially adaptive but in the long term become maladaptive leading to vascular damage and loss of function, particularly important in small resistance arteries, critically involved in the regulation of peripheral vascular resistance and consequently in blood pressure control...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Madhumita Chatterjee, Meinrad Gawaz
Platelet membrane bedecked with a wide array of receptors offers a platform to regulate platelet responsiveness, thrombotic propensity, inflammatory disposition, and immune reactivity under diverse pathophysiological conditions. Ectopic proteolytic cleavage of such receptors irreversibly inactivates receptor-mediated intracellular signaling governing cellular functions, further releases soluble fragments into circulation which might modulate functions of target cells. Glycoprotein VI-(GPVI) is a membrane glycoprotein expressed in platelets and megakaryocytes...
October 18, 2016: Platelets
David Roshal
This case report describes a 41-year-old previously healthy male who presented with stuttering transient ischemic symptoms and radiographic evidence of a left common carotid artery thrombus as well as acute and subacute ischemic infarcts in the left middle cerebral artery territory. An exhaustive stroke work-up did not provide a plausible etiology for his symptoms. His complete blood count and iron studies, however, revealed evidence of severe iron-deficiency anemia without reactive thrombocytosis. His stool guaiac test was positive...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Yanqin Ma, Zhenhua Ma, Shuqin Yin, Xiaoyan Yan, Jundong Wang
Excessive amount of inorganic arsenic (iAs) and fluoride (F) coexist in drinking water in many regions, which is associated with high risk of vascular diseases. However, the underlying mechanisms are not well studied. The present study was to evaluate the effects of iAs and F individual or combined exposure on endothelial activation and apoptosis in vitro. Primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were exposed to 5 μM As2O3 and/or 1 mM NaF. Changes in endothelial cell apoptosis, inflammation, oxidative stress and nitric oxide (NO) production were analyzed...
October 14, 2016: Chemosphere
Xie Ge, Si-Yu Chen, Mei Liu, Ting-Ming Liang, Chang Liu
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation is a key event in the development of in‑stent restenosis. Evodiamine is an indole alkaloid extracted from the Chinese medicine, evodia, and has been shown to inhibit tumor cell proliferation and protect the cardiovascular system. However, whether evodiamine affects VSMC proliferation remains to be elucidated. Therefore, the present study examined the effects and the mechanisms of action of evodiamine on the proliferation of rat VSMCs. The cells were treated with evodiamine alone or in combination with platelet‑derived growth factor‑BB (PDGF‑BB) stimulation...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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