Novel genomic targets in oxidant-induced vascular injury

C. R. Partridge, E. S. Williams, R. Barhoumi, M. G. Tadesse, C. D. Johnson, K. P. Lu, G. A. Meininger, E. Wilson, K. S. Ramos

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To study the complex interaction between oxidative injury and the pathogenesis of vascular disease, vascular gene expression was examined in male Sprague-Dawley rats given 35 or 70:mg/kg allylamine, a synthetic amine converted to acrolein and hydrogen peroxide within the vascular wall. Vascular lesions and extensive vascular remodeling, coupled to increased production of 8-epi-PGF2α, nuclear localization of NFκB, and alterations in glutathione homeostasis, were observed in animals treated with allylamine for up to 20:days. Transcriptional profiling, immunohistochemistry, and in situ hybridization showed that genes involved in adhesion and extracellular matrix (ECM) (α1 integrin, collagen), cytoskeletal rearrangements (α-smooth muscle actin, α-tropomyosin), and signal transduction (NFκB, osteopontin, and LINE) were altered by oxidant treatment. To evaluate mechanisms of gene dysregulation, cultured aortic smooth muscle cells were challenged with allylamine or its metabolites and processed for molecular analysis. These agents increased formation of reactive oxygen species and elicited changes in gene expression similar to those observed in vivo. Oxidative stress and changes in gene expression were inhibited by N-acetyl cysteine, a precursor of glutathione. These results indicate that genes along the ECM-integrin-cytoskeletal axis, in addition to LINE, are molecular targets in oxidant-induced vascular injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-996
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Functional genomics
  • Gene expression
  • Oxidative stress
  • Vascular injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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