Fériel Azibani

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Several large clinical studies have demonstrated the important benefit of mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists in patients with heart failure, left ventricular dysfunction after myocardial infarction, hypertension or diabetic nephropathy. Aldosterone adjusts the hydro-mineral balance in the body, and thus participates decisively to the control of(More)
The serpin protease nexin-1 (PN-1) is expressed by vascular cells and secreted by platelets upon activation, and it is known to interact with several modulators of angiogenesis, such as proteases, matrix proteins, and glycosaminoglycans. We therefore investigated the impact of PN-1 on endothelial cell angiogenic responses in vitro and ex vivo and in vivo in(More)
Lamins A and C, encoded by LMNA, are constituent of the nuclear lamina, a meshwork of proteins underneath the nuclear envelope first described as scaffolding proteins of the nucleus. Since the discovery of LMNA mutations in highly heterogeneous human disorders (including cardiac and muscular dystrophies, lipodystrophies and progeria), the number of(More)
Cardiac remodeling is a deleterious consequence of arterial hypertension. This remodeling results in cardiac transcriptomic changes induced by mechanical and hormonal factors (angiotensin II and aldosterone are the most important). The major features of cardiac remodeling are the hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes, interstitial and perivascular fibrosis, and(More)
The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system is involved in the arterial hypertension-associated cardiovascular remodeling. In this context, the development of cardiac fibrosis results from an imbalance between profibrotic and antifibrotic pathways, in which the role of aldosterone is yet not established. To determine the role of intracardiac aldosterone in the(More)
Studies have shown that aldosterone would have angiogenic effects and therefore would be beneficial in the context of cardiovascular diseases. We thus investigated the potential involvement of aldosterone in triggering a cardiac angiogenic response in the context of type-2 diabetes and the molecular pathways involved. Male 3-wk-old aldosterone synthase(More)
Cardiac remodeling is a deleterious consequence of arterial hypertension. This remodeling results from cardiac transcriptomic changes induced by mechanical and hormonal factors. Angiotensin II and aldosterone often collaborate in pathological situations to induce hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes, vascular inflammation, perivascular and interstitial fibrosis,(More)
Hypertension, which is a risk factor of heart failure, provokes adaptive changes at the vasculature and cardiac levels. Notch3 signaling plays an important role in resistance arteries by controlling the maturation of vascular smooth muscle cells. Notch3 deletion is protective in pulmonary hypertension while deleterious in arterial hypertension. Although(More)
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in men and women in industrialized countries. While the effects of biological sex on cardiovascular pathophysiology have long been known, the sex-specific mechanisms mediating these processes have been further elucidated over recent years. This review aims at analysing the sex-based differences in(More)
BACKGROUND Arterial hypertension (AH) induces cardiac hypertrophy and reactivation of "fetal" gene expression. In rodent heart, alpha-Myosin Heavy Chain (MyHC) and its micro-RNA miR-208a regulate the expression of beta-MyHC and of its intronic miR-208b. However, the role of aldosterone in these processes remains unclear. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS(More)