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      Endothelium-Specific GTP Cyclohydrolase I Overexpression Restores Endothelial Function in Aged Mice


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          This study tested the hypothesis that endothelium-specific GTP cyclohydrolase I (GTPCH I) overexpression (Tg-GCH) restores age-associated endothelial dysfunction in vivo. Aortic GTPCH I expression and serum nitric oxide (NO) release were measured in young and aged mice. Aortic rings from young and aged wild-type (WT) mice and aged Tg-GCH mice were suspended for isometric tension recording. A hind limb ischemia model was used to measure blood flow recovery. Aged mice showed reduced GTPCH I expression in the aorta and decreased NO levels in serum. Compared with aged WT mice, Tg-GCH significantly elevated NO levels in serum in aged Tg-GCH mice, restored the impaired aortic relaxation in response to acetylcholine, and significantly elevated aortic constriction in response to L-NAME. Importantly, aged Tg-GCH mice displayed a significant increase in blood flow recovery compared with aged WT mice. GTPCH I reduction contributes to aging-associated endothelial dysfunction, which can be retarded by Tg-GCH.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                March 2021
                08 February 2021
                : 58
                : 2
                : 134-138
                Department of Health Toxicology, Faculty of Naval Medicine, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China
                Author notes
                *Ji-kuai Chen or Jiang-bo Zhu, Department of Health Toxicology, Second Military Medical University, Xiangyin Road 800, Shanghai 200433 (China), cjk.smmu@hotmail.com or jiangbozhu1@163.com
                513464 J Vasc Res 2021;58:134–138
                © 2021 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                : 18 June 2020
                : 26 November 2020
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                Figures: 3, Pages: 5
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                General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
                Endothelial dysfunction,Aging,GTP cyclohydrolase I,Angiogenesis,Nitric oxide


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