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We studied the ionic currents activated by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAE-1) by using patch-clamp and single-cell fluorimetric calcium measurements. In whole-cell, voltage-clamp experiments at V(h) = -50 mV, the addition of either bFGF (20 ng/ml) or IGF-I (50(More)
We have analyzed the expression and localization of bovine transient receptor potential-C1 (bTRPC1) in bovine aortic endothelial cells, and its possible involvement in the store-independent calcium influx induced by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). RT-PCR experiments confirmed the existence of two btrpc1 mRNA isoforms; conversely, the btrpc3 gene was(More)
Changes in intracellular calcium [Ca(2+)](i) levels control critical cytosolic and nuclear events that are involved in the initiation and progression of tumor angiogenesis in endothelial cells (ECs). Therefore, the mechanism(s) involved in agonist-induced Ca(2+)(i) signaling is a potentially important molecular target for controlling angiogenesis and tumor(More)
Rather being an inert barrier between vessel lumen and surrounding tissues, vascular endothelium plays a key role in the maintenance of cardiovascular homeostasis. The de-endothelialization of blood vessels is regarded as the early event that results in the onset of severe vascular disorders, including atherosclerosis, acute myocardial infarction, brain(More)
The role of mitogen-activated calcium influx from the extracellular medium in the control of cell proliferation was studied in Balb-c 3T3 fibroblasts. Stimulation of serum-deprived, quiescent cells with 10% foetal calf serum (FCS) induced a long-lasting (up to 70 min) elevation of intracellular free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i). Both the sustained(More)
Growth factor-induced intracellular calcium signals in endothelial cells regulate cytosolic and nuclear events involved in the angiogenic process. Among the intracellular messengers released after proangiogenic stimulation, arachidonic acid (AA) plays a key role and its effects are strictly related to calcium homeostasis and cell proliferation. Here, we(More)
We recently showed that arachidonic acid (AA) triggers calcium signals in endothelial cells derived from human breast carcinoma (B-TEC). In particular, AA-dependent Ca(2+) entry is involved in the early steps of tumor angiogenesis in vitro. Here, we investigated the multiple roles of the nitric oxide (NO) and cyclic AMP/protein kinase A (PKA) pathways in(More)
Recent evidences suggest a role for arachidonic acid (AA) in the triggering of store-independent, ornon-capacitative, calcium entry in different cell types. Here, using patch clamp and fluorimetric single-cell calcium measurements, we provide evidence for AA-activated calcium influx in bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAEC). AA-activated calcium entry is(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), a peptide acting as a mitogen in different cell types, is able to induce a long lasting non capacitative calcium influx from the extracellular medium in Balb-c 3T3 mouse fibroblasts. This effect is mediated by the tyrosine kinase activity of bFGF receptors and the opening of voltage independent, agonist activated(More)
Most peptidic growth factors (GFs) that act as mitogens for different cell types bind to tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs) and trigger complex intracellular signal transduction pathways finally leading to cell proliferation. Among the early events induced by GFs, cytosolic calcium increase plays a key role, and in particular calcium entry from extracellular(More)