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Angiopoietin-1 inhibits intrinsic apoptotic signaling and vascular hyperpermeability following hemorrhagic shock.

Authors: Childs, EW  Tharakan, B  Byrge, N  Tinsley, JH  Hunter, FA  Smythe, WR 
Citation: Childs EW, etal., Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 May;294(5):H2285-95. Epub 2008 Mar 14.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18344375
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1152/ajpheart.01361.2007

Studies from our laboratory demonstrated the involvement of intrinsic apoptotic signaling in hyperpermeability following hemorrhagic shock (HS). Angiopoietin 1 (Ang-1), a potent inhibitor of hyperpermeability, was recently shown to inhibit apoptosis. The purpose of our study was to determine the effectiveness of Ang-1 in attenuating HS-induced hyperpermeability and its relationship to apoptotic signaling. HS was induced in rats by withdrawing blood to reduce the mean arterial pressure to 40 mmHg for 1 h, followed by reperfusion. Mesenteric postcapillary venules were examined for changes in hyperpermeability by intravital microscopy. Mitochondrial release of second mitochondrial derived activator of caspases (smac) and cytochrome c were determined by Western blot and ELISA, respectively. Caspase-3 activity was determined by fluorometric assay. Parallel studies were performed in rat lung microvascular endothelial cell (RLMEC) monolayers, utilizing HS serum and the proapoptotic Bcl-2 homologous antagonist/killer [BAK (BH3)] peptide as inducers of hyperpermeability. In rats, Ang-1 (200 ng/ml) attenuated HS-induced hyperpermeability versus the HS group (P < 0.05). Ang-1 prevented HS-induced collapse of mitochondrial transmembrane potential (DeltaPsi(m)), smac and cytochrome c release, and caspase-3 activity (P < 0.05). In RLMEC monolayers, HS serum and BAK (BH3) peptide both induced hyperpermeability that was inhibited by Ang-1 (P < 0.05). Ang-1 attenuated HS and BAK (BH3) peptide-induced collapse of DeltaPsi(m), smac release, cytochrome c release, activation of caspase-3, and vascular hyperpermeability. In vivo, BAK (BH3) induced vascular hyperpermeability that was attenuated by Ang-1 (P < 0.05). These findings suggest that Ang-1's role in maintaining microvascular endothelial barrier integrity involves the intrinsic apoptotic signaling cascade.


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Created: 2010-01-22
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