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Article: [Angiotensin II up-regulates expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in human umbilical endothelial cells: roles of AT1 and AT2].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Angiotensin II is an important pro inflammation factor in the cardiovascular system. This experiment is aimed to study the effects of angiotensin II on inducible nitric oxide synthase expression in human umbilical endothelial cells. Human umbilical endothelial cells were cultured in vitro and treated with angiotensin II alone or in combination with AT1, AT2 and NF-kappaB inhibitors respectively. The inducible nitric oxide synthase expressions at protein and mRNA levels were measured with Western blot and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and the activity of NF-kappaB was analyzed with EMSA. Angiotensin II up-regulated inducible nitric oxide synthase expressions at the protein and mRNA levels at 5 h (P < 0.05), the activity of NF-kappaB was enhanced at 2 h (P < 0.05). These effects could be blocked by AT1 and NF-kappaB inhibitors but not by AT2 inhibitor. Angiotensin II can upregulate the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase through NF-kappaB pathway in human umbilical endothelial cells. AT1, other than AT2, play a key role in this process.Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases] 07/2006; 34(7):647-50.
Article: [Tumor necrosis factor alpha and myocardial matrix metalloproteinases in left ventricular remodeling].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha has been causally linked to left ventricular (LV) remodeling, but the molecular basis for this effect is unknown. It is essential to study the changes of plasma levels of TNF alpha and matrix metalloproteinase-2,3,9 (MMP-2,3,9) expressions in myocardium during congestive heart failure (CHF). Plasma levels of TNF alpha were measured with enzyme-linked immunoassay in CHF patients of various degrees and in healthy controls. Using Western blotting assay, we detected the protein expressions of MMP-2,3,9 on myocardial tissue in CHF patients and in healthy controls. Cardiac function parameters were measured with echocardiographic studies. Plasma levels of TNF alpha increased significantly in patients with CHF (P < 0.05 or < 0.01). The protein expressions of MMP-2,3,9 were significantly higher in patients with CHF than in controls (P < 0.05 or < 0.01). The higher the degree of CHF, the greater the numbers of expressions. No changes of MMP-2 could be found between the controls and CHF patients of NYHA II. There was a positive correlation between plasma levels of TNF alpha and the protein expressions of MMP-2,3,9 (P < 0.01 or < 0.001). It is suggested that alterations of TNF alpha may stimulate the expressions of MMPs, contribute to myocardial remodeling and lead to the development and progression of congestive heart failure. These changes may induce a direct effect on the progression and deterioration of heart failure.Zhonghua nei ke za zhi [Chinese journal of internal medicine] 11/2004; 43(11):828-31.