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      Functional Analysis of an Established Mouse Vascular Endothelial Cell Line


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          Background: In vitrostudies using cell lines are useful for the understanding of cellular mechanisms. The purpose of our study is to develop a new immortalized aortic vascular endothelial cell (EC) line that retains endothelial characteristics and can facilitate the study of ECs. Methods: A mouse aortic vascular EC line (MAEC) was established from p53-deficient mouse aorta and cultured for over 100 passages. The expression of endothelial markers was assessed, and the function of this cell line was analyzed by tube formation and binding assays. Results: MAEC retained many endothelial properties such as cobblestone appearance, contact-inhibited growth, active uptake of acetylated low-density lipoprotein, existence of Weibel-Palade bodies and several EC markers. MAECs exhibited tube formation activity both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, crucially, tumor necrosis factor α, an inflammatory cytokine, promoted lymphocyte adhesion to MAECs, suggesting that MAECs may facilitate the study of atherosclerosis and local inflammatory reactions in vitro. Conclusion: We describe the morphological and cell biological characteristics of MAEC, providing strong evidence that it retained endothelial properties. This novel cell line can be a useful tool for studying the biology of ECs.

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              eNOS activity is reduced in senescent human endothelial cells: Preservation by hTERT immortalization.

              Advanced age is associated with endothelial dysfunction and increased risk for atherosclerosis. However, the mechanisms for these observed effects are not clear. To clarify the association between aging and loss of endothelial function, young human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs), senescent HAECs transfected with control vector, and immortalized HAECs containing human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) were compared for expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and production of NO. To investigate a specific function modulated by endothelial NO, adhesion of monocytes under basal conditions as well as after exposure to TNF-alpha was assessed. A decrease in eNOS mRNA, protein, and activity was observed in endothelial cells at senescence as compared with young HAEC; this effect was blunted in hTERT cells. In all cells, shear stress induced a greater increase in the expression of eNOS protein with the final result being higher levels in hTERT compared with senescent cells. Basal monocyte binding was significantly elevated on aged endothelial cells compared with parental and hTERT cells. Exposure of TNF-alpha resulted in a 2-fold increase in monocyte adhesion in senescent cells, whereas this effect was reduced in cells transfected with hTERT. Prior exposure to fluid flow significantly reduced subsequent monocyte adhesion in all groups. These studies demonstrate that replicative aging results in decreased endothelial expression of eNOS accompanied by enhanced monocyte binding. Stable expression of hTERT results in endothelial cells with a younger phenotype with greater amount of eNOS and NO activity. Thus, telomerase transfection may have important functional consequences on endothelial cells.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                February 2007
                11 January 2007
                : 44
                : 2
                : 138-148
                aDepartment of Pathology, Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine, Yokohama; bSjögren’s Syndrome Project, Shinanomachi Research Park, and cDepartment of Ophthalmology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
                98520 J Vasc Res 2007;44:138–148
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                : 16 February 2006
                : 19 November 2006
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                Figures: 5, References: 41, Pages: 11
                Research Paper

                General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
                p53-deficient mice,Cellular binding,Tube formation,Endothelial cell line


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