Azza El-Remessy

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Increases in arginase activity have been reported in a variety of disease conditions characterized by vascular dysfunction. Arginase competes with NO synthase for their common substrate arginine, suggesting a cause and effect relationship. We tested this concept by experiments with streptozotocin diabetic rats and high glucose (HG)-treated bovine coronary(More)
Diabetic retinopathy is characterized by blood-retinal barrier (BRB) breakdown and neurotoxicity. These pathologies have been associated with oxidative stress and proinflammatory cytokines, which may operate by activating their downstream target p38 MAP kinase. In the present study, the protective effects of a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD),(More)
The purpose of these experiments was to determine the specific role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the blood-retinal barrier (BRB) breakdown that characterizes the early stages of vascular dysfunction in diabetes. Based on our data showing that high glucose increases nitric oxide, superoxide, and nitrotyrosine formation in retinal endothelial cells, we(More)
OBJECTIVE Recently we have shown that diabetes-induced retinal neurodegeneration positively correlates with oxidative stress and peroxynitrite. Studies also show that peroxynitrite impairs nerve growth factor (NGF) survival signaling in sensory neurons. However, the causal role of peroxynitrite and the impact of tyrosine nitration on diabetes-induced(More)
Retinal neovascularization and macular edema are central features of diabetic retinopathy, the major cause of blindness in the developed world. Current treatments are limited in their efficacy and are associated with significant adverse effects. Characterization of the molecular and cellular processes involved in vascular growth and permeability has led to(More)
The modulation of angiogenic signaling by reactive oxygen species (ROS) is an emerging area of interest in cellular and vascular biology research. We provide evidence here that peroxynitrite, the powerful oxidizing and nitrating free radical, is critically involved in transduction of the VEGF signal. We tested the hypothesis that VEGF induces peroxynitrite(More)
Retinal neovascularization and macular edema are central features of diabetic retinopathy, a major cause of blindness in working age adults. The currently established treatment for diabetic retinopathy targets the vascular pathology by laser photocoagulation. This approach is associated with significant adverse effects due the destruction of neural tissue(More)
OBJECTIVE During diabetes, retinal microglial cells are activated to release inflammatory cytokines that initiate neuronal loss and blood-retinal barrier breakdown seen in diabetic retinopathy (DR). The mechanism by which diabetes activates microglia to release those inflammatory mediators is unclear and was therefore elucidated. RESEARCH DESIGN AND(More)
In glaucoma, the increased release of glutamate is the major cause of retinal ganglion cell death. Cannabinoids have been demonstrated to protect neuron cultures from glutamate-induced death. In this study, we test the hypothesis that glutamate causes apoptosis of retinal neurons via the excessive formation of peroxynitrite, and that the neuroprotective(More)
In diabetic retinopathy, endothelial cell apoptosis is paradoxically increased despite upregulation of the potent pro-survival factor VEGF. We tested the hypothesis that elevated glucose levels disrupt VEGF's pro-survival function via peroxynitrite-mediated alteration of the Akt-1/p38 MAP kinase signaling pathway by studies of retinal endothelial cells in(More)