Sergey I. Dikalov

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Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) serves as a critical co-factor for the endothelial nitric-oxide synthase (eNOS). A deficiency of BH4 results in eNOS uncoupling, which is associated with increased superoxide and decreased NO* production. BH4 has been suggested to be a target for oxidation by peroxynitrite (ONOO-), and ascorbate has been shown to preserve BH4(More)
Tetrahydrobiopterin is a critical cofactor for the NO synthases, and in its absence these enzymes become "uncoupled," producing reactive oxygen species (ROSs) rather than NO. In aortas of mice with deoxycorticosterone acetate-salt (DOCA-salt) hypertension, ROS production from NO synthase is markedly increased, and tetrahydrobiopterin oxidation is evident.(More)
Hypertension promotes atherosclerosis and is a major source of morbidity and mortality. We show that mice lacking T and B cells (RAG-1-/- mice) have blunted hypertension and do not develop abnormalities of vascular function during angiotensin II infusion or desoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt. Adoptive transfer of T, but not B, cells restored these(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) induces angiogenesis by stimulating endothelial cell proliferation and migration, primarily through the receptor tyrosine kinase VEGF receptor2 (Flk1/KDR). Reactive oxygen species (ROS) derived from NAD(P)H oxidase are critically important in many aspects of vascular cell regulation, and both the small GTPase Rac1(More)
Human cardiac fibroblasts are the main source of cardiac fibrosis associated with cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) irreversibly converts fibroblasts into pathological myofibroblasts, which express smooth muscle alpha-actin (SM alpha-actin) de novo and produce extracellular matrix. We hypothesized that(More)
RATIONALE Superoxide (O2(-) ) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many human diseases including hypertension; however, commonly used antioxidants have proven ineffective in clinical trials. It is possible that these agents are not adequately delivered to the subcellular sites of superoxide production. OBJECTIVE Because the mitochondria are(More)
NADPH oxidases are major sources of superoxide (O2*-) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in vascular cells. Production of these reactive oxygen species (ROS) is essential for cell proliferation and differentiation, while ROS overproduction has been implicated in hypertension and atherosclerosis. It is known that the heme-containing catalytic subunits Nox1 and(More)
Several mammalian enzymes are capable of transferring electrons to molecular oxygen, sequentially forming the 1 electron-reduction product superoxide (O2 ) and the 2 electron-reduction product hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). These serve as progenitors for other reactive oxygen species (ROS), including peroxynitrite (ONOO ), hypochlorous acid, the hydroxyl(More)
Mitochondrial dysfunction is a prominent feature of most cardiovascular diseases. Angiotensin (Ang) II is an important stimulus for atherogenesis and hypertension; however, its effects on mitochondrial function remain unknown. We hypothesized that Ang II could induce mitochondrial oxidative damage that in turn might decrease endothelial nitric oxide (NO.)(More)
Recently, we demonstrated that the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) ligands, either 15-deoxy-Delta12,14-prostaglandin J2 (15d-PGJ2) or ciglitazone, increased endothelial nitric oxide (.NO) release without altering endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression (4). However, the precise molecular mechanisms of(More)