Pascale Nègre-Aminou

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The effects of 6 HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors: pravastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, fluvastatin and cerivastatin were analyzed in cultured human smooth muscle cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and myoblasts. In vascular smooth muscle cells, pravastatin was a much weaker inhibitor of cholesterol synthesis than the 5 other drugs which(More)
BACKGROUND Recent clinical trials have established that inhibitors of the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (statins) reduce the risk of acute coronary events. These effects of statins cannot be fully explained by their lipid-lowering potential. Improved endothelial function may contribute to the positive effects of statin treatment. (More)
Lovastatin, simvastatin, and pravastatin are fairly strong inhibitors of sterol synthesis in human myoblasts in culture. Lovastatin and simvastatin have IC50 values of 19 +/- 6 nM and 4.0 +/- 2.3 nM, respectively. Pravastatin is a weaker inhibitor of sterol synthesis (IC50 value of 110 +/- 38 nM). Through inhibition of mevalonate production, these compounds(More)
The underlying mechanism of the antiproliferative effect of S (simvastatin), a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, in vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC) is still poorly understood. In the present study, we used synchronized human SMC, isolated from left interior mammary artery, as an in vitro model to test the effects of S on platelet-derived growth factor(More)
In the present study, we have analyzed the response of human smooth muscle cell (SMC)s to oxidative stress, in terms of recruitment of key elements of the stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK) pathway, such as Rac(1), p38, and the small heat shock protein (HSP)27. The level of expression of three small HSPs, alphaB-crystallin, HSP20, HSP27, as well as the(More)
In this study, it was investigated whether and how inhibitors of protein:farnesyl transferase (PFT) can inhibit the proliferation of human smooth muscle cells (HSMC) in culture. Several farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) analogues were synthesized and tested in vitro for their specificity in inhibiting squalene synthase (SS), PFT, or protein:geranylgeranyl(More)
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