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ABSTRACT: Diabetes can diminish the responsiveness to angiogenic factors (e.g., VEGF) important for wound healing and the treatment of ischemic diseases, and this study investigated the hypothesis that this effect can be reversed by altering Notch signaling. Aortic endothelial cells (ECs) isolated from diabetic mice demonstrated reduced sprouting capability in vitro, but adding a Notch inhibitor (DAPT) led to cell-density and VEGF-dose dependent enhancement of proliferation, migration and sprouting, in both 2-D and 3-D cultures, as compared to VEGF alone. The in vivo effects of VEGF and DAPT were tested in the ischemic hind limbs of diabetic mice. Combining VEGF and DAPT delivery resulted in increased blood vessel density (∼150%) and improved tissue perfusion (∼160%), as compared to VEGF alone. To examine if DAPT would interfere with vessel maturation, DAPT was also delivered with a combination of VEGF and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF). DAPT and PDGF did not interfere with the effects of the other, and highly functional and mature networks of vessels could be formed with appropriate delivery. In summary, modulating Notch signaling enhances neovascularization and perfusion recovery in diabetic mice suffering from ischemia, suggesting this approach could have utility for human diabetics.Biomaterials 12/2010; 31(34):9048-56. · 7.40 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Promoting angiogenesis via delivery of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and other angiogenic factors is both a potential therapy for cardiovascular diseases and a critical aspect for tissue regeneration. The recent demonstration that VEGF signaling is modulated by the Notch signaling pathway, however, suggests that inhibiting Notch signaling may enhance regional neovascularization, by altering the responsiveness of local endothelial cells to angiogenic stimuli. We tested this possibility with in vitro assays using human endothelial cells, as well as in a rodent hindlimb ischemia model. Treatment of cultured human endothelial cells with DAPT, a gamma secretase inhibitor, increased cell migration and sprout formation in response to VEGF stimulation with a biphasic dependence on DAPT concentration. Further, delivery of an appropriate combination of DAPT and VEGF from an injectable alginate hydrogel system into ischemic hindlimbs led to a faster recovery of blood flow than VEGF or DAPT alone; perfusion levels reached 80% of the normal level by week 4 with combined DAPT and VEGF delivery. Direct intramuscular or intraperitoneal injection of DAPT did not result in the same level of improvement, suggesting that appropriate presentation of DAPT (gel delivery) is important for its activity. DAPT delivery from the hydrogels also did not lead to any adverse side effects, in contrast to systemic introduction of DAPT. Altogether, these results suggest a new approach to promote angiogenesis by controlling Notch signaling, and may provide new options to treat patients with diseases that diminish angiogenic responsiveness.Biomaterials.