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BACKGROUND New revascularization therapies are urgently needed for patients with severe coronary heart disease who lack conventional treatment options. METHODS AND RESULTS We describe a new proangiogenic approach for these no-option patients using adenoviral (Ad) intramyocardial vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-B186 gene transfer, which induces(More)
RATIONALE We studied a possibility that shRNAs can lead to transcriptional gene activation at the promoter level via epigenetic mechanism. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to test the effects on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A) expression by promoter targeted small hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) in vitro and in experimental animals in vivo using(More)
Therapeutic angiogenesis provides a potential alternative for the treatment of cardiovascular ischemic diseases. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an important component of the angiogenic response to ischemia. Here we used adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery to skeletal muscle to examine the effects of VEGF vs. a stabilized form of(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular patients suffer from reduced blood flow leading to ischaemia and impaired tissue metabolism. Unfortunately, an increasing group of elderly patients cannot be treated with current revascularization methods. Thus, new treatment strategies are urgently needed. Hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) upregulate the expression of angiogenic(More)
AIMS Currently, it is still unclear which mechanisms drive metabolic benefits after angiogenic gene therapy. The side-effect profile of efficient angiogenic gene therapy is also currently incompletely understood. In this study, the effects of increasing doses of adenoviral (Ad) vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) were evaluated on vascular growth,(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to determine dose-response effects of vascular endothelial growth factor A as delivered using an adenoviral vector on vascular growth and pathological changes in the rabbit eye. Moreover, we wanted to develop a large animal model for angioproliferative diseases in the eye. METHODS Seventeen New Zealand White rabbits were(More)
Angiogenic therapy, which involves the use of an exogenous stimulus to promote blood vessel growth, is an attractive approach for the treatment of ischemic diseases. It has been shown in animal models that the stimulation of blood vessel growth leads to the growth of the whole vascular tree, improvement of ischemic tissue perfusion and improved muscle(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor-B (VEGF-B) binds to VEGF receptor-1 and neuropilin-1 and is abundantly expressed in the heart, skeletal muscle, and brown fat. The biological function of VEGF-B is incompletely understood. METHODS AND RESULTS Unlike placenta growth factor, which binds to the same receptors, adeno-associated viral delivery of(More)
BACKGROUND For clinically relevant proangiogenic therapy, it would be essential that the growth of the whole vascular tree is promoted. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is well known to induce angiogenesis, but its capability to promote growth of larger vessels is controversial. We hypothesized that blood flow remodels vascular growth during VEGF(More)
Herein, we report the use of biodegradable nanoparticles (NPs) containing perfluoro-1,5-crown ether (PFCE), a fluorine-based compound (NP170-PFCE) with the capacity to track cells in vivo by magnetic ressonance imaging (MRI) and efficiently release miRNA. NP170-PFCE complexed with miRNAs accumulate whitin the cell's endolysosomal compartment and interact(More)