Yun-Min Zheng

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The importance of NADPH oxidase (Nox) in hypoxic responses in hypoxia-sensing cells, including pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), remains uncertain. In this study, using Western blot analysis we found that the major Nox subunits Nox1, Nox4, p22(phox), p47(phox), and p67(phox) were equivalently expressed in mouse pulmonary and systemic(More)
Mobilization of intracellular Ca2+ is a critical cellular response to lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) in many cell types. Recent identification of endothelial differentiation gene (Edg) 2 and Edg4 as subtypes of G protein-coupled receptors for LPA allowed examination of the Ca2+ mobilization mediated specifically by each subtype. To reduce endogenous background(More)
Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) increases intracellular Ca2+ concentration in many cell types, but the signaling mechanism remains uncertain. The recent identification of three closely related seven-transmembrane domain receptors for S1P, termed Edg1, H218, and Edg3, support the extracellular ligand role of S1P and allowed examination of Ca2+ responses(More)
Previous studies examining the role of mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) in hypoxic responses have been mainly conducted in isolated lungs and cultured pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) using mitochondrial inhibitors, and yielded largely conflicting results. Here we report that in freshly isolated mouse PASMCs, which are devoid(More)
Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) regulates cell proliferation, apoptosis, motility, and neurite retraction. Contradictory reports propose that S1P acts as either an intracellular second messenger or an extracellular ligand for cell-surface receptors. Hence, the precise signaling mechanisms mediating the diverse cellular effects of S1P remain to be determined.(More)
Cerebral vascular dysfunction and associated diseases often occur in type-1 diabetes, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In this study, we sought to determine whether big-conductance, Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels were impaired in vascular (cerebral artery) smooth muscle cells (CASMCs) from streptozotocin-induced type-1 diabetic mice(More)
Intracellular Ca2+ release through ryanodine receptors (RyRs) plays important roles in smooth muscle excitation-contraction coupling, but the underlying regulatory mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we show that FK506 binding protein of 12.6 kDa (FKBP12.6) associates with and regulates type 2 RyRs (RyR2) in tracheal smooth muscle. FKBP12.6 binds to RyR2(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) from platelets and mononuclear phagocytes regulates T cell functions through endothelial differentiation gene-encoded G protein-coupled receptors (Edg Rs). Human blood unactivated CD4+ T cells express predominant ly Edg-4 LPA R over marginal levels of Edg-2 LPA R, as assessed by semiquantitative PCR and Western blots. After(More)
The cellular and molecular processes underlying the regulation of ryanodine receptor (RyR) Ca(2+) release in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) are incompletely understood. Here we show that FKBP12.6 proteins are expressed in pulmonary artery (PA) smooth muscle and associated with type-2 RyRs (RyR2), but not RyR1, RyR3, or IP(3) receptors (IP(3)Rs) in PA(More)
Protein kinase C (PKC) is known to regulate ryanodine receptor (RyR)-mediated local Ca(2+) signaling (Ca(2+) spark) in airway and vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs), but its specific molecular mechanisms and functions still remain elusive. In this study, we reveal that, in airway SMCs, specific PKCepsilon peptide inhibitor and gene deletion significantly(More)