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      Increase in Collagen Turnover But Not in Collagen Fiber Content Is Associated with Flow-Induced Arterial Remodeling

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          Background: Degradation and synthesis of collagen are common features in arterial geometrical remodeling. Previous studies described an association between arterial remodeling and an increase in collagen fiber content after balloon injury. However, this does not exclude that the association between collagen content and remodeling depends on arterial injury since the association of collagen fiber content and arterial remodeling, without arterial injury, has not been investigated. The aim of the present study was to study the relation between flow-induced arterial geometrical remodeling, without arterial injury, and collagen synthesis and degradation, collagen fiber content and cell-migration-associated moesin levels. Methods and Results: In 23 New Zealand White rabbits an arteriovenous shunt (AV shunt) was created in the carotid and femoral artery to induce a structural diameter increase or a partial ligation (n = 27 rabbits) to induce a diameter decrease. In both models, arterial remodeling was accompanied by increased procollagen synthesis, reflected by increased procollagen mRNA or Hsp47 protein levels. In both models, however, no changes were detected in collagen fiber content. Active MMP-2 and moesin levels were increased after AV shunting. Conclusions: Collagen synthesis and MMP-2 activation were associated with arterial remodeling. However, a change in collagen fiber content was not observed. These results suggest that, during flow-induced geometrical arterial remodeling, increases in collagen synthesis are used for matrix collagen turnover and cell migration but not to augment collagen fiber content.

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            Arterial enlargement in response to high flow requires early expression of matrix metalloproteinases to degrade extracellular matrix.

            This study investigated the effects of high flow and shear stress on the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) during flow-induced arterial enlargement using a model of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation on the carotid artery with the corresponding jugular vein in Japanese white male rabbits. Flow increased 8-fold 7 days after AVF. Endothelial cells (EC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) proliferated with internal elastic lamina (IEL) degradation in response to high flow and shear stress. Expression of MMP-2 mRNA peaked at 2 days (1700-fold) and maintained high level expression. MMP-9 mRNA gave a 10.8-fold increase within 2 days and decreased later. Their proteins were detected in EC and SMC. Membrane type-1-MMP (MT1-MMP) mRNA increased 121-fold at 3 days and maintained high expression. TGF-beta1 was increased after AVF. Two-peak up-regulation of Egr-1 mRNA was recognized at 1 and 5 days of AVF. These results suggest that high flow and shear stress can mediate EC and SMC to express MMP-2 and MMP-9, which degrade cell basement membranes and IEL to induce arterial enlargement. The disproportional increase in MT1-MMP and TIMP-2 might contribute to MMP-2 activation. Egr-1 and TGF-beta1 might play important roles in this process.
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              The "muscle hypothesis" of chronic heart failure.

               A Coats (1996)
              Chronic heart failure is a well-recognized syndrome in which left ventricular impairment produces a constellation of secondary changes in other organ symptoms leading to symptoms such as muscular fatigue and dyspnoea and objective limitation to exercise tolerance. With modern drug therapy of diuretics and ACE inhibitors, the majority of patients have minimal if any signs of congestion, and yet severe symptomatic limitation remains. This limitation bears little relationship to conventional measures of either left ventricular function or the haemodynamic profile of the patient. The symptoms limiting exercise are predominantly fatigue or dyspnoea, and yet the classical pathophysiological explanations for their genesis now seem inadequate. Recent investigations, as demonstrated, in part, by the research presented in this symposium, attest to the importance of abnormalities in peripheral blood flow and in skeletal muscle in producing both objective limitation to exercise and in explaining the generation of the exercise-limiting symptoms of the syndrome of stable optimally treated chronic heart failure. In addition it is now evident that these muscle changes may in addition have pathophysiological significance for the maintenance of sympatho-excitation during exercise and potentially therefore in the progression of left ventricular remodelling and in the susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmias. This paper presents some of the background evidence which leads to the hypothesis that a feedback loop links changes in skeletal muscle to abnormal reflex cardiopulmonary control which may both limit exercise and be harmful in the progression of the syndrome.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                December 2004
                03 December 2004
                : 41
                : 6
                : 546-555
                aExperimental Cardiology Laboratory, Department of Cardiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, and bInteruniversity Cardiology Institute of The Netherlands (ICIN), Utrecht, The Netherlands
                81972 J Vasc Res 2004;41:546–555
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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