ABSTRACT: To investigate the effect of soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor (sEHi) tAUCB on the function of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in EPCs in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD).
Mononuclear cells, from the peripheral blood of CHD patients, were isolated by ficoll density gradient centrifugation and cultured. After 7 days of culture in vitro, EPCs were identified by double staining and flow cytometry. EPCs were then stimulated by 0, 10(-6), 10(-5), and 10(-4) mol/L of tAUCB for 24 h. Migration assay was performed in transwell chamber and tube formation assay was performed by Matrigel-Matrix in vitro model. The expression of VEGF in EPCs was measured by Western blot. EPCs from age and gender matched healthy subjects were also cultured as controls.
The migration and tube formation activities of EPCs from CHD patients were obviously damaged compared with those from healthy controls (P<0.05). The tAUCB could dose-dependently increase the migration and tube formation activities and increase the expression of VEGF in EPCs compared with those from CHD patients without treatment. The 10(-6) mol/L tAUCB increased those activities of EPCs and the expression of VEGF with statistical difference.
sEHi can positively modulate the function of EPCs from CHD patients, suggesting the potential predictive significance of sEHi in the therapy of CHD.
Zhong nan da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Central South University. Medical sciences 07/2010; 35(7):685-92.