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      Identification of Differentially Expressed Genes in Human Varicose Veins: Involvement of Matrix Gla Protein in Extracellular Matrix Remodeling

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          This study was designed to identify the global pattern of differentially expressed genes in human varicose veins. Using suppressive subtractive hybridization, we identified overexpression of genes known to be associated with extracellular matrix remodeling, including collagen III, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases I, dermatopontin, matrix Gla protein (MGP) and tenascin C. Real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis confirmed the differential expression of these genes. The overexpression of MGP transcript was associated with increased MGP level in varicose veins, in particular the undercarboxylated form of the protein. Smooth muscle cells from varicose veins showed increased proliferation rate and enhanced matrix mineralization. This observation correlated with the presence of ectopic mineralization areas in the varicose vein walls. The use of warfarin, to inhibit MGP activity, or siRNA targeting MGP transcript induced a reduction in the exacerbated proliferation of varicose vein smooth muscle cells. Our results suggest that high expression of MGP in varicose veins may contribute to venous wall remodeling by affecting proliferation and mineralization processes probably through impaired carboxylation of MGP. In addition, suppressive subtractive hybridization results also produce a profile of differentially expressed genes in varicose veins, in particular extracellular matrix components. Further study of these genes will provide insights into their specific roles in the etiology of venous disease.

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            In the present study, we examined the expression of regulators of bone formation and osteoclastogenesis in human atherosclerosis because accumulating evidence suggests that atherosclerotic calcification shares features with bone calcification. The most striking finding of this study was the constitutive immunoreactivity of matrix Gla protein, osteocalcin, and bone sialoprotein in nondiseased aortas and the absence of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2, BMP-4, osteopontin, and osteonectin in nondiseased aortas and early atherosclerotic lesions. When atherosclerotic plaques demonstrated calcification or bone formation, BMP-2, BMP-4, osteopontin, and osteonectin were upregulated. Interestingly, this upregulation was associated with a sustained immunoreactivity of matrix Gla protein, osteocalcin, and bone sialoprotein. The 2 modulators of osteoclastogenesis (osteoprotegerin [OPG] and its ligand, OPGL) were present in the nondiseased vessel wall and in early atherosclerotic lesions. In advanced calcified lesions, OPG was present in bone structures, whereas OPGL was only present in the extracellular matrix surrounding calcium deposits. The observed expression patterns suggest a tight regulation of the expression of bone matrix regulatory proteins during human atherogenesis. The expression pattern of both OPG and OPGL during atherogenesis might suggest a regulatory role of these proteins not only in osteoclastogenesis but also in atherosclerotic calcification.
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              Real-time quantitative RT-PCR after laser-assisted cell picking.

              The present study describes a technique for quantitation of mRNA in a few isotypic cells obtained from an intact organ structure by combining laser-assisted cell picking and real-time PCR. The microscopically controlled lasering of selected cells in stained tissue sections was applied to lung alveolar macrophages, which are unique in that they can alternatively be gathered as a pure cell population from intact lungs by bronchoalveolar lavage as a reference technique. TNF-alpha was chosen as the transcriptionally inducible target gene to be quantified in alveolar macrophages of control rat lung, as well as low- and high-challenge lungs stimulated by endotoxin and IFN-gamma nebulization. Online fluorescence detection for quantitation of the number of amplified copies was based on 5' nuclease activity of Taq polymerase cleaving a sequence-specific dual-labeled fluorogenic hybridization probe. A pseudogene-free sequence of PBGD served as an internal calibrator for comparative quantitation of target. A quick procedure and minimized loss of template were achieved by avoiding RNA extraction, DNase digestion and nested-PCR. Using this approach, we demonstrated dose-dependent manifold upregulation of the ratio of TNF-alpha mRNA copies per one copy of PBGD mRNA in alveolar macrophages of the challenged lungs. The quantitative data obtained from laser-picked alveolar macrophages were well matched with those of lavaged alveolar macrophages carried out in parallel. We suggest that this new combination of laser-assisted cell picking and real-time PCR has great promise for quantifying mRNA expression in a few single cells or oligocellular clusters in intact organs, allowing assessment of transcriptional regulation in defined cell populations.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                October 2007
                20 July 2007
                : 44
                : 6
                : 444-459
                aINSERM, U533, bUniversité de Nantes, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, l’Institut du Thorax, cCHU Nantes, Service d’anatomo-pathologie, Hôpital Guillaume et René Laënnec, dUniversité de Nantes, Faculté de médecine, l’Institut du Thorax, eOuest-Genopôle, fCHU Nantes, l’Institut du Thorax, Nantes, France; gDepartment of Biochemistry, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands
                106189 J Vasc Res 2007;44:444–459
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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