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      The Relationship of Left Ventricular Mass to Endothelium-Dependent Vasodilation of the Brachial Artery in Patients with Hypertension

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          Although echocardiographically determined left ventricular mass and geometry predict cardiovascular morbid events in patients with hypertension, the mechanisms underlying this relation are unclear. There is considerable evidence that endothelium-dependent vasodilation is impaired in patients with hypertension. Thus, endothelial dysfunction may contribute to the mechanism that causes cardiovascular morbid events. This study was designed to examine the relationship between left ventricular geometry and endothelial function in patients with hypertension. The percentage increase in brachial arterial diameter during reactive hyperemia was examined by a high-resolution ultrasound technique in 49 patients with hypertension and 64 normotensive subjects. Patients with hypertension had an impairment of the percentage increase in brachial arterial diameter during reactive hyperemia and an increase in thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) compared to normotensive subjects (percentage increase in diameter 5.6 ± 3.0 vs. 8.0 ± 2.5%, p < 0.001; TBARS levels 6.1 ± 1.3 vs. 5.3 ± 1.0 nmol/ml, p < 0.001). In patients with hypertension, there was a significant correlation between the left ventricular mass index and the percentage increase in brachial arterial diameter during reactive hyperemia (r = –0.583, p < 0.001), and the percentage increase in brachial arterial diameter during reactive hyperemia varied with the pattern of left ventricular geometry (normal ventricular geometry: 7.7 ± 2.6%; concentric remodeling: 5.2 ± 2.3%; eccentric hypertrophy: 4.2 ± 1.8%; concentric hypertrophy: 2.9 ± 2.6%). We conclude that (1) flow-mediated endothelium-dependent vasodilation in the brachial artery is impaired in patients with hypertension, (2) a relationship exists between the left ventricular mass index and flow-mediated endothelium-dependent vasodilation in the brachial artery in patients with hypertension and (3) increased oxidative stress may play a role in the endothelial dysfunction in patients with hypertension.

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          The relation between endothelium-dependent vasodilator function in the brachial and coronary arteries was determined in the same subjects. Coronary artery endothelial dysfunction precedes the development of overt atherosclerosis and is important in its pathogenesis. A noninvasive assessment of endothelial function in a peripheral conduit vessel, the brachial artery, was recently described, but the relation between brachial artery function and coronary artery vasodilator function has not been explored. In 50 patients referred to the catheterization laboratory for the evaluation of coronary artery disease (mean age +/- SD 56 +/- 10 years), the coronary vasomotor response to serial intracoronary infusions of the endothelium-dependent agonist acetylcholine (10(-8) to 10(-6) mol/liter), was studied. Endothelium-dependent vasodilation was also assessed in the brachial artery by measuring the change in brachial artery diameter in response to reactive hyperemia. Patients with coronary artery endothelial dysfunction manifested as vasoconstriction in response to acetylcholine had significantly impaired flow-mediated vasodilation in the brachial artery compared with that of patients with normal coronary endothelial function (4.8 +/- 5.5% vs. 10.8 +/- 7.6%, p < 0.01). Patients with coronary artery disease also had an attenuated brachial artery vasodilator response compared with that of patients with angiographically smooth coronary arteries (4.5 +/- 4.6% vs. 9.7 +/- 8.1%, p < 0.02). By multivariate analysis, the strongest predictors of reduced brachial dilator responses to flow were baseline brachial artery diameter (p < 0.001), coronary endothelial dysfunction (p = 0.003), the presence of coronary artery disease (p = 0.007) and cigarette smoking (p = 0.016). The brachial artery vasodilator response to sublingual nitroglycerin was independent of coronary endothelial responses or the presence of coronary artery disease. The positive predictive value of abnormal brachial dilation ( < 3%) in predicting coronary endothelial dysfunction is 95%. This study demonstrated a close relation between coronary artery endothelium-dependent vasomotor responses to acetylcholine and flow-mediated vasodilation in the brachial artery. This noninvasive method may become a useful surrogate in assessing the predisposition to atherosclerosis in patients with cardiac risk factors.
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            Reactive oxygen intermediates mediate angiotensin II-induced c-Jun.c-Fos heterodimer DNA binding activity and proliferative hypertrophic responses in myogenic cells.

            Angiotensin II (Ang-II) receptor engagement activates many immediate early response genes in both vascular smooth muscle cells and cardiomyocytes whether a hyperplastic or hypertrophic response is taking place. Although the signaling pathways stimulated by Ang-II in different cell lines have been widely characterized, the correlation between the generation of different second messengers and specific physiological responses remains relatively unexplored. In this study, we report how in both C2C12 quiescent myoblasts and differentiated myotubes Ang-II significantly stimulates AP1-driven transcription and c-Jun.c-Fos heterodimer DNA binding activity. Using a set of different protein kinase inhibitors, we could demonstrate that Ang-II-induced increase in AP1 binding is not mediated by the cAMP-dependent pathway and that both protein kinase C and tyrosine kinases are involved. The observation that in quiescent myoblasts Ang-II increase of AP1 binding and induction of DNA synthesis and, in differentiated myotubes, Ang-II stimulation of protein synthesis are abolished by the cysteine-derivative and glutathione precursor N-acetyl-L-cysteine strongly suggests a role for reactive oxygen intermediates in the intracellular transduction of Ang-II signals for immediate early gene induction, cell proliferation, and hypertrophic responses.

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              S. Karger AG
              November 2001
              08 November 2001
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              Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Kumamoto University School of Medicine, Kumamoto, Japan
              47380 Cardiology 2001;96:7–15
              © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

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