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      Hyperlipemia and Oxidation of LDL Induce Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Growth: An Effect Mediated by the HLH Factor Id3


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          Hyperlipemia and oxidized LDL (ox-LDL) are important independent cardiovascular risk factors. Ox-LDL has been shown to stimulate vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation. However, the effects of hyperlipemia and the molecular mechanisms mediating hyperlipemia and ox-LDL effects on VSMC growth are poorly understood. The helix-loop-helix (HLH) transcription factor, Id3, is a redox-sensitive gene expressed in VSMC in response to mitogen stimulation and vascular injury. Accordingly, we hypothesize that Id3 is an important mediator of ox-LDL and hyperlipemia-induced VSMC growth. Aortas harvested from hyperlipemic pigs demonstrated significantly more Id3 than normolipemic controls. Primary VSMC were stimulated with ox-LDL, native LDL, sera from hyperlipemic pigs, or normolipemic pigs. VSMC exposed to hyperlipemic sera demonstrated increased Id3 expression, VSMC growth and S-phase entry and decreased p21<sup>cip1</sup> expression and transcription. Cells stimulated with ox-LDL demonstrated similar findings of increased growth and Id3 expression and decreased p21<sup>cip1</sup> expression. Moreover, the effects of ox-LDL on growth were abolished in cells devoid of the Id3 gene. Results provide evidence that the HLH factor Id3 mediates the mitogenic effect of hyperlipemic sera and ox-LDL in VSMC via inhibition of p21<sup>cip1</sup> expression, subsequently increasing DNA synthesis and proliferation.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                February 2006
                16 February 2006
                : 43
                : 2
                : 123-130
                aDepartment of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, and the Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.; bDepartment of Pathology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga., USA
                90131 PMC2929384 J Vasc Res 2006;43:123–130
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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