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PDGF-A and PDGF-B induces cardiac fibrosis in transgenic mice

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare R. Gallini
Per Lindblom
Cecilia Bondjers
C. Betsholtz
J. Andrae
Publicerad i Experimental Cell Research
Volym 349
Nummer/häfte 2
Sidor 282-290
ISSN 0014-4827
Publiceringsår 2016
Publicerad vid Institutionen för biomedicin, avdelningen för medicinsk kemi och cellbiologi
Sidor 282-290
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yexcr.2016.10....
Ämnesord Fibrosis, Heart, Myosin heavy chain, PDGF, Transgene
Ämneskategorier Cell- och molekylärbiologi, Molekylärbiologi, Cellbiologi, Biokemi

Sammanfattning

Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) and their receptors (PDGFRs) contribute to normal heart development. Deficient or abnormal expression of Pdgf and Pdgfr genes have a negative impact on cardiac development and function. The cellular effects of PDGFs in the hearts of Pdgf/Pdgfr mutants and the pathogenesis of the resulting abnormalities are poorly understood, but different PDGF isoforms induce varying effects. Here, we generated three new transgenic mouse types which complete a set of studies, where all different PDGF ligands have been expressed under the same heart specific alpha-myosin heavy chain promoter. Transgenic expression of the natural isoforms of Pdgfa and Pdgfb resulted in isoform specific fibrotic reactions and cardiac hypertrophy. Pdgfa overexpression resulted in a severe fibrotic reaction with up to 8-fold increase in cardiac size, leading to lethal cardiac failure within a few weeks after birth. In contrast, Pdgfb overexpression led to focal fibrosis and moderate cardiac hypertrophy. As PDGF-A and PDGF-B have different affinity for the two PDGF receptors, we analyzed the expression of the receptors and the histology of the fibrotic hearts. Our data suggest that the stronger fibrotic effect generated by Pdgfa overexpression was mediated by Pdgfrα in cardiac interstitial mesenchymal cells, i.e. the likely source of extracellular matrix depostion and fibrotic reaction. The apparent sensitivity of the heart to ectopic PDGFRα agonists supports a role for endogenous PDGFRα agonists in the pathogenesis of cardiac fibrosis. © 2016 The Authors

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