Stephanie Lehoux

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The vascular wall is constantly subjected to a variety of mechanical forces in the form of stretch (tensile stress), due to blood pressure, and shear stress, due to blood flow. Alterations in either of these stresses are known to result in vascular remodeling, an adaptation characterized by modified morphology and function of the blood vessels, allowing the(More)
Different forms of mechanical stimulation are among the physiological factors constantly acting on the vessel wall. We previously demonstrated that subjecting vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in culture to cyclic stretch increased the expression of high-molecular-weight caldesmon, a marker protein of a differentiated, contractile, VSMC phenotype. In the(More)
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