Yuelan Zhang

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Adrenomedullin (AM) is a novel vasodilating peptide involved in the regulation of circulatory homeostasis and implicated in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. We tested the hypothesis that AM also possesses angiogenic properties. Using laser Doppler perfusion imaging, we found that AM stimulated recovery of blood flow to the affected limb in the(More)
-Preeclampsia is a multisystemic disorder of pregnancy in which the normal vascular adaptations to pregnancy are compromised. Oxidative stress as well as endothelial cell dysfunction have been implicated as pathophysiological features of preeclampsia. Endothelial cells produce the vasorelaxant nitric oxide (NO). However, NO is also known to react with(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 has been historically associated with the process of vascular remodeling through the cleavage of extracellular matrix proteins. However, we recently found that MMP-2 also cleaves the endothelium-derived peptide big endothelin-1, ET-1[1-38] and yields the novel vasoconstrictor ET-1[1-32]. We therefore investigated the effects(More)
There is evidence that estrogen can upregulate nitric oxide (NO) synthase expression. There is also evidence that NO increases the activity of prostaglandin H synthase (PGHS). Our initial hypothesis was that removal of ovarian steroids would decrease endothelium/NO-dependent relaxation responses but that estrogen replacement would increase NO and PGHS(More)
During aging, the vascular endothelium changes functionally and morphologically. Although previous studies have shown that endothelium-derived eicosanoids increase vessel tone in aging, the precise mechanism(s) has not been fully determined. We hypothesized that aging would increase prostaglandin H synthase (PGHS)-dependent vasoconstriction as well as(More)
Recent studies have shown that estrogen can increase endothelial nitric oxide synthase expression and/or activity and that nitric oxide may play a role in attenuating vasoconstrictor responses. Yet there are still controversies in this field. Our hypothesis was that the role of nitric oxide in modulating vasoconstrictor responses in estrogen-replaced(More)
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