Zong-Zhuang Li

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (2)6.21 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Abnormal vascular smooth muscle cells proliferation is the pathophysiological basis of cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and restenosis after angioplasty. Angiotensin II can induce abnormal proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells, but the molecular mechanisms of this process remain unclear. Here, we explored the role and molecular mechanism of monocyte chemotactic protein-1, which mediated angiotensin II-induced proliferation of rat aortic smooth muscle cells. 1,000 nM angiotensin II could stimulate rat aortic smooth muscle cells' proliferation by angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT(1)R). Simultaneously, angiotensin II increased monocyte chemotactic protein-1 expression and secretion in a dose-and time-dependent manner through activation of its receptor AT(1)R. Then, monocyte chemotactic protein-1 contributed to angiotensin II-induced cells proliferation by CCR2. Furthermore, we found that intracellular ERK and JNK signaling molecules were implicated in angiotensin II-stimulated monocyte chemotactic protein-1 expression and proliferation mediated by monocyte chemotactic protein-1. These results contribute to a better understanding effect on angiotensin II-induced proliferation of rat smooth muscle cells.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 04/2012; 366(1-2):355-62. · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    Zong-Zhuang Li, Qiu-Yan Dai
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    ABSTRACT: Inflammation, proteolysis, smooth muscle cell apoptosis, and angiogenesis have been implicated in the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), although the well-defined initiating mechanism is not fully understood. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) such as MMP-2 and -9 and other proteinases degrading elastin and extracellular matrix are the critical pathogenesis of AAAs. Among the risk factors of AAAs, cigarette smoking is an irrefutable one. Cigarette smoke is practically involved in various aspects of the AAA pathogenesis. Nicotine, a major alkaloid in tobacco leaves and a primary component in cigarette smoke, can stimulate the MMPs expression by vascular SMCs, endothelial cells, and inflammatory cells in vascular wall and induce angiogenesis in the aneurysmal tissues. However, for the inflammatory and apoptotic processes in the pathogenesis of AAAs, nicotine seems to be moving in just the opposite direction. Additionally, the effects of nicotine are probably dose dependent or associated with the exposure duration and may be partly exerted by its receptors--nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). In this paper, we will mainly discuss the pathogenesis of AAAs involving inflammation, proteolysis, smooth muscle cell apoptosis and angiogenesis, and the roles of nicotine and nAChRs.
    Mediators of Inflammation 01/2012; 2012:103120. · 3.88 Impact Factor

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7 Citations
6.21 Total Impact Points


  • 2012
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • Shanghai First People's Hospital
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China