IPLA 2β overexpression in smooth muscle exacerbates angiotensin II-induced hypertension and vascular remodeling

Lindsay E. Calderon, Shu Liu, Wen Su, Zhongwen Xie, Zhenheng Guo, Wanda Eberhard, Ming C. Gong

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Objectives: Calcium independent group VIA phospholipase A 2 (iPLA 2β) is up-regulated in vascular smooth muscle cells in some diseases, but whether the up-regulated iPLA 2β affects vascular morphology and blood pressure is unknown. The current study addresses this question by evaluating the basal- and angiotensin II infusion-induced vascular remodeling and hypertension in smooth muscle specific iPLA 2β transgenic (iPLA 2β -Tg) mice. Method and Results: Blood pressure was monitored by radiotelemetry and vascular remodeling was assessed by morphologic analysis. We found that the angiotensin II-induced increase in diastolic pressure was significantly higher in iPLA 2β-Tg than iPLA 2β-Wt mice, whereas, the basal blood pressure was not significantly different. The media thickness and media:lumen ratio of the mesenteric arteries were significantly increased in angiotensin II-infused iPLA 2β-Tg mice. Analysis revealed no difference in vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation. In contrast, adenovirus-mediated iPLA 2β overexpression in cultured vascular smooth muscle cells promoted angiotensin II-induced [ 3H]-leucine incorporation, indicating enhanced hypertrophy. Moreover, angiotensin II infusion-induced c-Jun phosphorylation in vascular smooth muscle cells overexpressing iPLA2β to higher levels, which was abolished by inhibition of 12/15 lipoxygenase. In addition, we found that angiotensin II up-regulated the endogenous iPLA 2β protein in-vitro and in-vivo. Conclusion: The present study reports that iPLA 2β up-regulation exacerbates angiotensin II-induced vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy, vascular remodeling and hypertension via the 12/15 lipoxygenase and c-Jun pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere31850
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 20 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • General


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