Zeinb A. Abouelnaga

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Increased mechanical stress/hypertension in the vessel wall triggers the hypertrophic signaling pathway, resulting in structural remodeling of vasculature. Vascular hypertrophy of resistance vessels leads to reduced compliance and elevation of blood pressure. We showed before that increased expression of profilin1 protein in the medial layer of the aorta(More)
We have overexpressed either the cDNA of human profilin 1 or expressed the mutant (88R/L) in the blood vessels of transgenic FVB/N mice. Reverse transcription-PCR indicated selective overexpression of profilin 1 and 88R/L in vascular smooth muscle cells. Polyproline binding showed increased profilin 1 and 88R/L proteins in transgenic mice compared with(More)
Rac1-GTPase activation plays a key role in the development and progression of cardiac remodeling. Therefore, we engineered a transgenic mouse model by overexpressing cDNA of a constitutively active form of Zea maize Rac gene (ZmRacD) specifically in the hearts of FVB/N mice. Echocardiography and MRI analyses showed cardiac hypertrophy in old transgenic(More)
Hypertension represents a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. We have developed a novel transgenic mouse model by overexpressing the cDNA of human profilin1 in the blood vessels of transgenic mice, which led to vascular hypertrophy and hypertension. We assessed the effects of losartan, amlodipine, or atenolol on vascular hypertrophy-associated(More)
Hypertension represents a major risk factor for cardiovascular events, associating with vascular hypertrophy and dysfunction in resistance vessels. Clevidipine is a novel antihypertensive drug working as a selective calcium channel antagonist with an ultra-short half-life that lowers arterial blood pressure by reducing systemic arterial resistance. The aim(More)
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