Pro-atherogenic role of smooth muscle Nox4-based NADPH oxidase

Xiaoyong Tong, Alok R. Khandelwal, Xiaojuan Wu, Zaicheng Xu, Weimin Yu, Caiyu Chen, Wanzhou Zhao, Jian Yang, Zhexue Qin, Robert M. Weisbrod, Francesca Seta, Tetsuro Ago, Kin Sing Stephen Lee, Bruce D. Hammock, Junichi Sadoshima, Richard A. Cohen, Chunyu Zeng

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Nox4-based NADPH oxidase is a major reactive oxygen species-generating enzyme in the vasculature, but its role in atherosclerosis remains controversial. Objective: Our goal was to investigate the role of smooth muscle Nox4 in atherosclerosis. Approach and results: Atherosclerosis-prone conditions (disturbed blood flow and Western diet) increased Nox4 mRNA level in smooth muscle of arteries. To address whether upregulated smooth muscle Nox4 under atherosclerosis-prone conditions was directly involved in the development of atherosclerosis, mice carrying a human Nox4 P437H dominant negative mutation (Nox4DN), specifically in smooth muscle, were generated on a FVB/N ApoE deficient genetic background to counter the effect of increased smooth muscle Nox4. Nox4DN significantly decreased aortic stiffness and atherosclerotic lesions, with no effect on blood pressure. Gene analysis indicated that soluble epoxide hydrolase 2 (sEH) was significantly downregulated in Nox4DN smooth muscle cells (SMC), at both mRNA and protein levels. Downregulation of sEH by siRNA decreased SMC proliferation and migration, and suppressed inflammation and macrophage adhesion to SMC. Conclusions: Downregulation of smooth muscle Nox4 inhibits atherosclerosis by suppressing sEH, which, at least in part, accounts for inhibition of SMC proliferation, migration and inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Volume92
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

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NADPH Oxidase
Smooth Muscle
Atherosclerosis
Epoxide Hydrolases
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Down-Regulation
Mutation
Cell Movement
Cell Proliferation
Inflammation
Messenger RNA
Vascular Stiffness
Apolipoproteins E
Small Interfering RNA
Reactive Oxygen Species
Arteries
Macrophages
Blood Pressure
Enzymes
Genes

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Pro-atherogenic role of smooth muscle Nox4-based NADPH oxidase. / Tong, Xiaoyong; Khandelwal, Alok R.; Wu, Xiaojuan; Xu, Zaicheng; Yu, Weimin; Chen, Caiyu; Zhao, Wanzhou; Yang, Jian; Qin, Zhexue; Weisbrod, Robert M.; Seta, Francesca; Ago, Tetsuro; Lee, Kin Sing Stephen; Hammock, Bruce D.; Sadoshima, Junichi; Cohen, Richard A.; Zeng, Chunyu.

In: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, Vol. 92, 01.03.2016, p. 30-40.

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Tong, X, Khandelwal, AR, Wu, X, Xu, Z, Yu, W, Chen, C, Zhao, W, Yang, J, Qin, Z, Weisbrod, RM, Seta, F, Ago, T, Lee, KSS, Hammock, BD, Sadoshima, J, Cohen, RA & Zeng, C 2016, 'Pro-atherogenic role of smooth muscle Nox4-based NADPH oxidase', Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, vol. 92, pp. 30-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yjmcc.2016.01.020
Tong, Xiaoyong ; Khandelwal, Alok R. ; Wu, Xiaojuan ; Xu, Zaicheng ; Yu, Weimin ; Chen, Caiyu ; Zhao, Wanzhou ; Yang, Jian ; Qin, Zhexue ; Weisbrod, Robert M. ; Seta, Francesca ; Ago, Tetsuro ; Lee, Kin Sing Stephen ; Hammock, Bruce D. ; Sadoshima, Junichi ; Cohen, Richard A. ; Zeng, Chunyu. / Pro-atherogenic role of smooth muscle Nox4-based NADPH oxidase. In: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 2016 ; Vol. 92. pp. 30-40.
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