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      Genes Involved in Atherosclerosis

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          Atherosclerosis is a multifactorial disease that involves several genes and proteins. The purpose of this article is to focus on the arterial wall and to review lipoprotein receptors, growth factors, cytokines, chemokines, matrix metalloproteinases, adhesion molecules, and apoptosis genes and their involvement in atherogenesis.

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          Signals leading to apoptosis-dependent inhibition of neovascularization by thrombospondin-1.

          Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is a naturally occurring inhibitor of angiogenesis that limits vessel density in normal tissues and curtails tumor growth. Here, we show that the inhibition of angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo and the induction of apoptosis by thrombospondin-1 all required the sequential activation of CD36, p59fyn, caspase-3 like proteases and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases. We also detected increased endothelial cell apoptosis in situ at the margins of tumors in mice treated with thrombospondin-1. These results indicate that thrombospondin-1, and possibly other broad-spectrum natural inhibitors of angiogenesis, act in vivo by inducing receptor-mediated apoptosis in activated microvascular endothelial cells.
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            Interleukin-4-dependent production of PPAR-gamma ligands in macrophages by 12/15-lipoxygenase.

            The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) is a ligand-dependent nuclear receptor that has been implicated in the modulation of critical aspects of development and homeostasis, including adipocyte differentiation, glucose metabolism and macrophage development and function. PPAR-gamma is activated by a range of synthetic and naturally occurring substances, including antidiabetic thiazolidinediones, polyunsaturated fatty acids, 15-deoxy-delta prostaglandin J2 and components of oxidized low-density lipoprotein, such as 13-hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid (13-HODE) and 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE). However, the identities of endogenous ligands for PPAR-gamma and their means of production in vivo have not been established. In monocytes and macrophages, 13-HODE and 15-HETE can be generated from linoleic and arachidonic acids, respectively, by a 12/15-lipoxygenase that is upregulated by the TH2-derived cytokine interleukin-4. Here we show that interleukin-4 also induces the expression of PPAR-gamma and provide evidence that the coordinate induction of PPAR-gamma and 12/15-lipoxygenase mediates interleukin-4-dependent transcription of the CD36 gene in macrophages. These findings reveal a physiological role of 12/15-lipoxygenase in the generation of endogenous ligands for PPAR-gamma, and suggest a paradigm for the regulation of nuclear receptor function by cytokines.
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              P. falciparum rosetting mediated by a parasite-variant erythrocyte membrane protein and complement-receptor 1.

              The factors determining disease severity in malaria are complex and include host polymorphisms, acquired immunity and parasite virulence. Studies in Africa have shown that severe malaria is associated with the ability of erythrocytes infected with the parasite Plasmodium falciparum to bind uninfected erythrocytes and form rosettes. The molecular basis of resetting is not well understood, although a group of low-molecular-mass proteins called rosettins have been described as potential parasite ligands. Infected erythrocytes also bind to endothelial cells, and this interaction is mediated by the parasite-derived variant erythrocyte membrane protein PfEMP1, which is encoded by the var gene family. Here we report that the parasite ligand for rosetting in a P. falciparum clone is PfEMP1, encoded by a specific var gene. We also report that complement-receptor 1 (CR1) on erythrocytes plays a role in the formation of rosettes and that erythrocytes with a common African CR1 polymorphism (S1(a-)) have reduced adhesion to the domain of PfEMP1 that binds normal erythrocytes. Thus we describe a new adhesive function for PfEMP1 and raise the possibility that CR1 polymorphisms in Africans that influence the interaction between erythrocytes and PfEMP1 may protect against severe malaria.

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                Nephron Exp Nephrol
                Cardiorenal Medicine
                S. Karger AG
                05 April 2002
                : 10
                : 2
                : 150-163
                aA.I. Virtanen Institute and bDepartment of Medicine, University of Kuopio, Finland
                49910 Exp Nephrol 2002;10:150–163
                © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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