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The effects of angiotensin II (Ang II) on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) are modulated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and also involve integrin engagement. However, the potential link between alpha1beta1 integrin signaling with NOX system and their combined contribution to Ang II effects on VSMC have not been investigated. We aimed to elucidate the(More)
The presence and functional role of vasoactive intestinal peptide in the hamster seminal vesicle were studied by a combination of structural and functional approaches. The use of an immunofluorescence staining technique in both cryostat sections and whole-mount preparations revealed that vasoactive intestinal peptide-immunoreactive nerve fibres were mainly(More)
In the present work we have investigated the effects of medium- (15 days) and long-term (2 months) castration on vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)-immunoreactive nerve fibres and 125I-labelled VIP binding sites in the adult hamster seminal vesicle. The density of VIP- and synaptophysin (general neuronal marker)-containing nerve fibres was determined in(More)
The importance of neuronal factors in the normal physiology of the seminal vesicles has been traditionally underestimated when compared to the trophic role of androgens. Immunohistochemical, autoradiographical and pharmacological experiments have, however, raised the possibility that neuropeptides, such as vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP),(More)
Accumulation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) in response to inflammatory stimuli is a key event in atherogenesis, which commonly occurs in sinuous vessels with turbulent blood flow what leads to hemolysis and consequent free heme accumulation, a known pro-oxidant and pro-inflammatory molecule. In this work, we investigated the effects of free heme on(More)
In this study, we investigated the presence of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) receptors in the epithelial cells of the hamster seminal vesicle, by using cell clusters isolated from the gland and cultivated in a serum-free bicameral culture system. An immunocytochemical approach and autoradiographic and biochemical binding experiments with 125I-VIP as(More)
The data provides information in support of the research article Moraes et al., Atherosclerosis 243(2) (2015) 477-485 [1]. Here we provide data behind the mechanisms involved in Angiotensin II (Ang II) effects on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Ang II-induced VSMC ROS production is modulated by alpha1beta1 integrin. Ang II also stimulates ROS(More)
Primary cultures of epithelial cells from the hamster seminal vesicle were established in a chemically defined medium supplemented with hormones and growth factors. Epithelial cell clusters were prepared combining enzymatic dissociation and mechanical disaggregation and then seeded in bicameral systems equipped with collagen-membrane inserts. A growth curve(More)
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