Angiopoietin-2 sensitizes endothelial cells to TNF-α and has a crucial role in the induction of inflammation

ArticleinNature Medicine 12(2):235-9 · March 2006with33 Reads
DOI: 10.1038/nm1351 · Source: PubMed
The angiopoietins Ang-1 and Ang-2 have been identified as ligands of the receptor tyrosine kinase Tie-2 (refs. 1,2). Paracrine Ang-1-mediated activation of Tie-2 acts as a regulator of vessel maturation and vascular quiescence. In turn, the antagonistic ligand Ang-2 acts by an autocrine mechanism and is stored in endothelial Weibel-Palade bodies from where it can be rapidly released upon stimulation. The rapid release of Ang-2 implies functions of the angiopoietin-Tie system beyond its established role during vascular morphogenesis as a regulator of rapid vascular responses. Here we show that mice deficient in Ang-2 (encoded by the gene Angpt2) cannot elicit an inflammatory response in thioglycollate-induced or Staphylococcus aureus-induced peritonitis, or in the dorsal skinfold chamber model. Recombinant Ang-2 restores the inflammation defect in Angpt2(-/-) mice. Intravital microscopy showed normal TNF-alpha-induced leukocyte rolling in the vasculature of Angpt2(-/-)mice, but rolling cells did not firmly adhere to activated endothelium. Cellular experiments showed that Ang-2 promotes adhesion by sensitizing endothelial cells toward TNF-alpha and modulating TNF-alpha-induced expression of endothelial cell adhesion molecules. Together, these findings identify Ang-2 as an autocrine regulator of endothelial cell inflammatory responses. Ang-2 thereby acts as a switch of vascular responsiveness exerting a permissive role for the activities of proinflammatory cytokines.
    • "Considering the stimulatory role of Ang-2 in various processes associated with vulnerable plaques [18] , such as increased inflam- mation [13], plaque vascularity [5], microvascular leakage [15] and MMP expression [5], we expected profound effects of Ang-2 antagonism on the stable plaque phenotype. However, Ang-2 deletion was only able to prevent fatty streak formation; it did not prevent plaque progression or changes in plaque stability. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) blocking agents are currently undergoing clinical trials for use in cancer treatment. Ang-2 has also been associated with rupture-prone atherosclerotic plaques in humans, suggesting a role for Ang-2 in plaque stability. Despite the availability of Ang-2 blocking agents, their clinical use is still lacking. Our aim was to establish if Ang-2 has a role in atheroma development and in the transition of subclinical to clinically relevant atherosclerosis. We investigated the effect of antibody-mediated Ang-2 blockage on atherogenesis after in a mouse model of atherosclerosis. Hypercholesterolemic (low-density lipoprotein receptor(-/-) apolipoprotein B(100/100)) mice were subjected to high-cholesterol diet for eight weeks, one group with and one group without Ang-2 blocking antibody treatment during weeks 4-8.To enhance plaque development, a peri-adventitial collar was placed around the carotid arteries at the start of antibody treatment. Aortic root, carotid arteries and brachiocephalic arteries were analyzed to evaluate the effect of Ang-2 blockage on atherosclerotic plaque size and stable plaque characteristics. Anti-Ang-2 treatment reduced the size of fatty streaks in the brachiocephalic artery (-72%, p < 0.05). In addition, antibody-mediated Ang-2 blockage reduced plasma triglycerides (-27%, p < 0.05). In contrast, Ang-2 blockage did not have any effect on the size or composition (collagen content, macrophage percentage, adventitial microvessel density) of pre-existing plaques in the aortic root or collar-induced plaques in the carotid artery. Ang-2 blockage was beneficial as it decreased fatty streak formation and plasma triglyceride levels, but had no adverse effect on pre-existing atherosclerosis in hypercholesterolemic mice. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.. All rights reserved.
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    • "Angiopoietin (Ang)-1, Ang-2, and their endothelial cell-specific tyrosine kinase receptor, Tie-2, interact with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) to mediate endothelial activation [10]. Binding of the agonist Ang-1 to the Tie-2 receptor promotes vessel integrity, inhibits vascular permeability, and suppresses inflammatory response [11]. "
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    • "To validate the results obtained with the ANG2-blocking antibody, we also analyzed the initial lymphatics in Ang2 gene-deleted (À/À) mice (Gale et al. 2002; Fiedler et al. 2006). In agreement with the results of the blocking antibody experiment, the zipper-to-button junctional transformation was also reduced in the diaphragm of Ang2 "
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