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Elevated levels of plasma homocysteine (Hcy) correlate with increased risk of cardiovascular and Alzheimer diseases. We studied the effect of elevated Hcy on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to explore the possibility of a vascular link between the 2 diseases. On a hyperhomocysteinemic diet, cystathionine beta-synthase (Cbs)-heterozygous mice develop(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular calcification resembles bone formation and involves vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) transition to an osteoblast-like phenotype to express Runx2, a master osteoblast transcription factor. One possible mechanism by which Runx2 protein expression is induced is downregulation of inhibitory microRNAs (miR). METHODS AND RESULTS Human(More)
Recent studies have shown that all three subtypes of alpha2-adrenergic receptor (alpha2-AR) are found in brain. The purpose of this study was to map the subtype localization of the alpha2A- and alpha2B-ARs in brain structures. RNase protection shows that both the alpha2A- and alpha2B-ARs are detectable in cortex, cerebellum, pons-medulla, and hypothalamus.(More)
Previous studies have shown that high glucose increases reactive oxygen species (ROS) in endothelial cells that contributes to vascular dysfunction and atherosclerosis. Accumulation of ROS is due to dysregulated redox balance between ROS-producing systems and antioxidant systems. Previous research from our laboratory has shown that high glucose decreases(More)
Nitric oxide (NO*) is known to exert its effects via guanylyl cyclase and cyclic GMP-dependent pathways and by cyclic GMP-independent pathways, including the posttranslational modification of proteins. Much ongoing research is focused on defining the mechanisms of NO*-mediated protein modification, the identity and function of the modified proteins, and the(More)
We investigated the effects of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) exposure on mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling in human microvascular endothelial cells. TNF-α caused a significant suppression of a dual specificity phosphatase, DUSP4, that regulates ERK1/2 activation. Thus, we hypothesized that suppression of DUSP4 enhances cell survival by increasing(More)
Impaired nitric oxide (NO˙)-cyclic guanosine 3', 5'-monophosphate (cGMP) signaling has been observed in many cardiovascular disorders, including heart failure and pulmonary arterial hypertension. There are several enzymatic determinants of cGMP levels in this pathway, including soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) itself, the NO˙-activated form of sGC, and(More)
Elevated blood concentrations of homocysteine have been well established as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and neuropsychiatric diseases, yet the etiologic relationship of homocysteine to these disorders remains poorly understood. Protein N-homocysteinylation has been hypothesized as a contributing factor; however, it has not been examined(More)